||Black River Falls, WI - Kankakee Bank $5 June 1, 1857 WI-80 G8a. Proof. PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ. The highest denomination from this series and another impressive full color proof. This is an engagingly designed note from the $1-$2-$3-$5 plate configuration by Wellstood, Hay & Whiting. Printed on India paper and mounted on its original cardstock. Across most of the note is a pattern tint of micro-lettered FIVE; the frame is darker; there are two red dies; and a gray FIVE is perpendicular between the colored areas at the right. At the center is the vignette of Finding the Red Ear, used on very few notes. This is the version engraved by WHW and, sometime later, adapted by the American Bank Note Co. Hole Punch Cancelled as made. The Krause plate is from the Wisconsin Historical Society sheet. We believe the present example is the only one in private hands. This is a dramatic proof from an exceptional series and exemplifies stellar preservation. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $8,812.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19386. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.