||Madison, WI - Bank of Wisconsin $5 18__ WI-400 G6a. Proof. PCGS Choice New 63. This is the highest denomination, with the most desired vignette type from a gorgeous series of proofs ($1, $2, and $5 denominations) from a very rare title. Engraved and printed by Toppan, Carpenter & Co., New York & Philadelphia. Printed on India paper and mounted to its original card stock. This was very boldly designed, with the color tint dominating the center. A full vermillion Gothic title is across the top and a large protector "5" to the right of center over the stacked signature blocks. At lower left is the iconic scene of "Dr. Kane in the Arctic" as described in the period Bank Note Reporters and custom work done by TC for use on several banks. In the scene, as described in more detail earlier, Kane's ice party has escaped from their foundering ice-bound ship Advance, and are packing for their sled trek north to safety. The Kane expedition took place in 1858, the approximate time this note was created. Hole Punch Cancelled as made and through the card. Some residue is seen on the back of the card, but the face appearance is PPQ and we believe this is conservatively graded by PCGS. The Krause Part I sale example, Lot 2169, realized $5462.50. This example, on its original cardstock, is in superior condition. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3,525.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19409. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.