||Great Salt Lake City, U.T. - Deseret Currency Association $3 Series B Sept. 27, 1858 Rust 97 Nyholm 110. PCGS Very Fine 30. This is the most beautiful Deseret Currency Association type and one of the most striking Western currency designs. Printed on blue paper from copper plates bearing the imprint of D. Mackenzie, G.S.L. City. The beautiful plate is signed at the bottom left as "Drawn by Henry Maiben." At the top center, under part of the title, is a vignette of a man shearing sheep, flanked by different cattle scenes. At the lower left is a man with his rifle and scope. The lower right has an Indian seated with his rifle and powder horn. In the bottom center is a large beehive, the Mormon symbol of industry. With the engraved signature of Brigham Young and bottom left space for the hand signature of the secretary. This is the rare B series with only $3 denomination notes. These are justifiably always in vogue with collectors due to their beauty and history. This is a perfect type note from the engraved copper plate series, mostly printed on frail and sensitive paper prone to the perils of splits, nicks and tears. This example,printed on well-bodied paper, is stunning with wide, perfectly even margins on all sides. New to the collector community, it presents the appearance of a much higher grade. This example merits strong consideration and will perhaps exceed the high estimate. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4,230.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19357. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.