||Norwalk, OH � Bank of Norwalk $3 Audubon Running Grouse Vignette 18__ OH-350-UNL, Wolka 2005-21. Proof. PCGS Choice New 63 Apparent. At present there are only four confirmed note-issuers with the Audubon running grouse vignette, and this is the first confirmed note. The series was known when Haxby published, but not this $3 type. It was not until the 1990 ABNCo, auction sale that the type appeared at the bottom of a four-subject proof sheet as part of lot 1478. Though not cited specifically in the sale catalog, its later appearance in the Schingoethe Part 1 auction catalog did illustrate this type for the first time in October 2006. We believe it is likely unique. A finished India paper proof by Draper, Underwood, Bald & Spencer. At the top center is an allegorical female, with the attributes of Navigation and Agriculture, seated next to a shield with the Ohio coat of arms. Flanking are "3" dies on shaded lathe work. Identical end panels show a fancily dressed woman holding a rake and sheaf of grain in the center, with THREE on shaded lathe work above and below. At the base is the vignette of Audubon's running grouse as engraved originally for dies used by Fairman, Draper, Underwood & Co. (and also used on the Bridgeport Bank $5 proof to follow). A significant example that "hid in plain sight" while awaiting Robert Peck and Eric Newman's exciting discovery. The pedigree chain is also important, with the proof from the first Schingoethe collection sale after its appearance in the ABNCo. sale in 1990. Published in the original Peck and Newman article as Figure 7a and 7b (detail) and subsequent Princeton exhibition catalog. Some minor thin areas were created from the original paper sheet mounting with some resulting spots from the noted "Minor Mounting Remnants on Back." Unique, and one of less than ten proofs known with the running grouse vignette. Ex: Christie's Important Early American Bank Notes 1810-1874 from the Archives of the American Bank Note Company, September 14-15, 1990 (part of lot 1478); Smythe & Co. Schingoethe Obsolete Currency Collection Part 1, October 22-22, 2004; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society..
From Newman X (Heritage Auctions, November 2018), lot 20108, realized $4080.