||G. S. L. City, UT - William S. Godbe $1 186_ Rust UNL Nyholm UNL. Proof. PCGS Very Choice New 64 Apparent. The William S. Godbe notes are not known issued and were unpublished until October 2004 in the Ford VI catalog, where a $2 bond paper Specimen note was sold (not the Nyholm plate note, Fig. 152). No research about the issuer has been published and the background is unknown. However, the obligation of the payable ".. in U.S. Legal Tenders.." indicates this acted as a private bank. Prepared as a two-sided lithographic proof, face to back like a note, with imprint of Ferd. Mayer & Co. Lithographers, 96 Fulton St., N. York. At the top is the issuer name and across the center are obligations with a pattern of green color dies forming a protector. At the left, stretching from top to bottom, is a charming farm family scene; a child being dandled on his father's knee reaches up for the pear his mother holds. At the bottom right is the Mormon favored beehive, and counter above. The green back has ONE DOLLAR across, flanked by "1" dies on a light green background, with the filigree frame around darker. Another discovery piece from the Newman collection and published here for the first time. Hole Punch Cancelled as noted and made after creating the proof. The note is Apparent, but with exceptional eye appeal, noting "Minor Mounting Remnants and Paper Pull on Back." The only auction record to cite is the $2 Specimen note in Ford VI, Lot 655, that realized $4,600 in October 2004. This is unique to our knowledge and quite striking, with brilliant color contrasting with the black vignettes. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5,405.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19370. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.