||Helena, MT - Peoples National Bank of Helena, Montana $20 No Date (1880s) Durand MOT-6. Remainder. PCGS Choice About New 58PPQ. This is a very popular series of notes with great color and National Bank Note Co. vignette styles. The notes are not known issued. This example has a full orange tint frame with tiny denomination counters, and lighter undertint is across the signature blocks. Titles and obligation through the center are bisected by the engraved denomination. At top center is the famous vignette known as The Horse Fair engraved by James Smillie after the original painting by Rosa Bonheur. Interestingly, this painting represented a Parisian horse market. The vignette is flanked by numerical counters with overlapping elements using the Cyrus Durand patented devices. The brown back mimics early Legal Tender backs, with complex lathe work across most of the entire note; flanking are geometric circles enclosing counters. A four color geometric undertint pattern and redemption obligation is in the center. A gorgeous type note and quite unusual in style. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $352.50. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19448. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.