||Brinkerhoff, WI - St. Croix River Bank $5 18__ WI-85 G2. Proof. PCGS Choice About New 58. The pair of Brinckerhoff St. Croix River Bank proofs in this sale, a $5 and a $10, comprises the first public offering of notes from this bank. This was a short-lived bank, but had a large capitalization of $150,000. Notes reportedly were issued before the bank moved to Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. Their existence was known only by the images obtained from the Wisconsin Historical Society, which are plated in the two reference books. They are not available to collectors, thus this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A beautifully engraved series of notes, printed in $5-$10 sheet configuration, by Wellstood, Hay & Whiting, New York on India paper. At the top center is the steamboat St. Croix, as seen on the side wheel housing. The lower left shows a scene with a canal lock and a train passing over a bridge. Hole Punch Cancelled as made. The $5 denomination shows a particularly distinctive and beautiful Wellstood layout. This priceless rarity is gorgeous. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $8,812.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19387. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.