||Galveston, TX - C. O'Conner 25 Cents January 1, 1864 Medlar UNL. PCGS Choice About New 55 Apparent. Though not known to Medlar when he published his Texas book in 1968, the Rowe-Barr collection at DeGolyer has a similar note in high grade. This is a very small format note printed on blue paper (the back of old stationary?) without an imprint. The denomination and issuer are across the center, with the city and engraved date above; it was signed on the wavy line at the bottom. The back has "MAKRS." This is similar to the SMU library example, but with a different endorsement and "Huntsville," rather than "Galveston" at the top. The Medlar listed 5 cents note has a different series date. From the face, an extraordinary note, but accurately cited are "Mounting Remnants and Scuffs on Back." The history is not confirmed, but O'Conner may have worked with the Southwestern Telegraph company in Galveston; more research and signature matches with some other known Galveston notes is required. This is a beautiful note and an able representative of the Civil War Texas scrip genre. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1,057.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19331. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.