||Kirtland, OH - Kirtland Safety Society Bank $100 Feb. 10, 1837 OH-245 G18 Wolka 1424-18 Rust 11. PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent. The $100 Kirtland note is the highest denomination from the series and has always had a broad appeal, a majestic presence among the other Kirtland notes. Printed as the bottom note on the high denomination sheet by Underwood, Bald, Spencer & Hufty, N. York & Philad. At the top center is a historical vignette of the Presentation of the Declaration of Independence, with the Founding Fathers rendered in deep detail as adapted from John Trumbull's iconic painting. A left, a facing cameo head with "100" is on either side. The identical ends are perpendicular and have ornate filigree detail with "C" counter in the center and "100" numerals in each corner. With the secretarial signature of J. Smith, Jr. and S. Rigdon, as usually seen on this denomination. The Smith signature is penned in an interesting "scribe" hand, with wider spacing between the "J" and "Smith." This is a low serial No. 23 and was issued to Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith's brother. In 1844, while they were imprisoned for treason in Carthage, they were murdered when the militia failed to protect them. Approximately 40-50 are likely known, most in Very Fine or better grade, and they are always well received. This note is Apparent, for "Pinholes" that are scattered about the center and not readily noticed without studying the back. A key type note for a Kirtland denomination set, this boasts a significant pedigree. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7,637.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19295. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.