||Whitewater, WI - Merchants and Mechanics Bank $2 18__ WI-875 G4a. Proof. PCGS Very Choice New 64 Apparent. The final Wisconsin proof note in this initial Newman Part VI paper currency sale, and a very beautiful example. Engraved and printed by Wellstood, Hay & Whiting, New-York and printed on India paper. Full light orange tint is across the note with a micro-lettered TWO pattern. The frame and dark upper right counter are a deeper vermillion. The vignette in the center shows a gathering of men outside the barn door with a young boy looking on. There is a man seated upon a white horse whose rear hoof needs shoeing. The focus of the discussion appears to be the long scythe held by the smithy. At the upper left is an ornate "2" vignette. At the lower right, men harvest corn. Hole Punch Cancelled and noted as having "Small Edge Tears." Exceptional color is seen on this great rarity. There was one note from the bank in Krause, a $1 Specimen. This is one of the rarest banks from the state and displays splendid eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4,935.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19435. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.