Inventory - Miscellaneous Obsoletes and Southern States - Arkansas:
 

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AR          ARKANSAS


    AR  $   5

    State of Arkansas          

 

           CR-50B                 

 

 

 

    PCGS Very Fine 20   

 

 

 

 

  Little Rock - June 1863     

Serial # 70306-248. Dated June 13, 1863. Field hand carrying a basket of cotton to left. "FIVE" in panel above and below. Central portrait of Arkansas Governor H. M. Rector. "5" to his left and right. Large "FIVE" in panel to right. Central portrait of Arkansas Governor H. M. Rector. Green "ARKANSAS TREASURY WARRANT" printed upon back. Blue Paper.  While not rare, here we have a graded example which reassures us that there are no repairs or problems. At $40.00 per note to have these graded, one could not afford to have many of these graded. From the famous Eric P. Newman collection, this note is the version wherein the 8% interest payment print upon the note has been omitted altogether. Not stricken as in the Cr 52B offered below; but not printed at all. A most presentable example which allows us to follow the evolvement of these issues relative to the payment of interest on these notes. The note listed below, issued some 2 months earlier, intriguingly aids in interpreting this evolvement.

PCGS Very

Fine 20

 $150  

Reverse

    AR  $   5

    State of Arkansas          

 

           CR-52B                 

 

 

 

 

 PCGS Choice About

   New 58  PPQ                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

  Little Rock - March 1863     

Serial # 21313-111. Dated March 10, 1863. Field hand carrying a basket of cotton to left. Central portrait of Arkansas Governor H. M. Rector. "ARKANSAS TREASURY WARRANT" upon the back which retains amazing embossing; although not visible in the scan. Printed upon the back of an Arkansas Bill of Exchange (see page 47, Shull). A most interesting and affordable series to collect. While we tend to look at all Arkansas Treasury Warrants as being common, such is simply not the case. Many are much tougher than others. This more elusive piece carries the language "with Interest at the at Eight per centum per annum" which is stricken in brown ink. The decision was made by Arkansas Treasury officials that interest could no longer be paid upon these warrants and new warrants were ordered from the local printer. Given the crudeness of the design and the close geographic location of the printer (Little Rock) such could not have taken long. It is also noted that only two months passed between the issuance of the note above (no interest provision printed at all) and this one. Consequently, most will not bear the brown ink line striking the interest provision. An extremely high grade piece bearing no pinholes or problems of any kind or character. It is indeed most unusual to see the PPQ or "Premium Paper Quality" moniker upon an Arkansas Treasury warrant. All paper was extremely scarce and in most cases very inferior. Much, much tougher to locate in this lofty state of preservation than is commonly thought.

   PCGS       

CHOICE

ABOUT NEW 58

  PPQ

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 $275  

Reverse

   AR  $ 10

  State of Arkansas

 

       CR-54

 

 

 

 2 note partial sheet

  #99967 & 99968

 

 

 

 

  April, 1862

Partial uncut sheet. Dated April 11, 1862. Serial numbers 99967 and 99968. Central portrait of Samuel Adams; Arkansas State Treasurer and Senator in center. "TEN" in panels to left, above and below slave holding basket of cotton. Plain back. An intriguing piece which provides a glance back in time as to the manner in which Arkansas Treasury Warrants were printed. Most sheets of notes printed during this era were not printed or numbered in this fashion. Confederate, obsolete, State and nearly all other bank notes were printed upon sheets with different plate letters beginning at the top left and running down the sheet. Further, each note upon the sheet was assigned the same serial number. Consequently; upon any given sheet, we could observe plate "A", "B", "C" etc. bearing the same serial number. However; even though the serial numbers were the same, each note upon the sheet was unique in that it had a different plate letter. Not so here. We see that each note is assigned a different serial number; likely as it went down the sheet and back up to the other side. Rather than using different plate letter positions, each sheet was numbered....in this case sheet number 383. All notes were plate letter "D". A most novel approach indeed. An extremely interesting piece and very, very scarce. A wonderful two warrant sheet which would fit well into any collection. No ink bleed, burn, separation, splits or other problems and amazingly well preserved.

 AU  $325  

Reverse

  AR  $1

City of Camden

    R-92-4

Rothert Plate Note

   1-4 Known

 MAY 14, 1862

Serial # 701. Printed upon paper that is as this as you will ever see. Very, very legible and clear notwithstanding that fact. The actual note is not near as dark as the scan and I am not sure what happened there. Issued during the Civil War "out West" as Civil War collectors like to say and payable in Confederate Notes or War Bonds. Vignette of slave driving a wagon of cotton is readily visible on the reverse. Prohibitively rare. Camden was a mercantile center at the headwaters of the Ouachita River and very strategically located. Many people traveled these waters to the Mississippi on down to New Orleans. A true miracle of survival. If only this one could talk.

 PMG

 VG 8

 $695  

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Pic 2

 AR

  $3, $5

   &$10

Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Co.

 

ALL ROTHERT

PLATE NOTES

Offered below are all of the Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Company notes plated in Rothert (Arkansas Obsolete Notes & Scrip) save for the $50 and $100 notes, which are R-7 (1-4 known). Further, the $1 and $2 notes have been previously sold from this web site. While not exceptionally rare, each and every note was the best Rothert could locate to picture in this wonderful book dealing with Arkansas paper money. I have included a scan from the book under Pic 2 of each note shown in Rothert. In today's world of collecting obsolete notes, it is indeed a rare opportunity to acquire all but two of this issue which are plated in Rothert. Why buy a plate note? The answers are many. Provenance is extremely important and there is no better provenance for any note than being plated in the very book which is used to number and categorize these notes. Notes such as these not only hold their value; but remain desirable for many, many years to come. The first opportunity I have had to offer most of an entire issue plated in the main reference book on any State. Plate notes can, on rare occasion, be found; although not a run such as this. I would love to see these notes stay together. However, each is for sale independent of the other unless someone would like to acquire this historic set.  See  Below  


  AR   $3

Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Co.

  R-409-5

 

  Rothert Plate Note

 

 Little Rock   1855

Serial # 4241. Plate A. Plain back. A very imaginative central vignette of three cherubs or young children placing a huge piece of Slate under a large screw press. Indian maiden and child to lower right. The imagination required to engrave many of these early vignettes is beyond me. Simply a beautiful odd denomination note and as bright and fresh as the day it was printed in Philadelphia. Superb clarity and contrast with wonderful eye appeal. This note matches the plate note as is even seen down to the light foxing spot at the top of the note. Not the least bit distracting. Incredibly well preserved and a great match with the rest of the notes listed here.

CHOICE

VERY FINE

 SOLD  

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Pic 2

  AR   $5

Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Co.

  R-409-7

 

  Rothert Plate Note

 

 Little Rock   1855

Serial # 3001. Plate A. Plain back. Central vignette of three men at a quarry. George Washington to lower left; mining scene to lower right. Another perfectly trimmed note. Ink smudge at left signature for Treasurer; just as in the Rothert plate note (see Pic 2).  A very bright and well inked note. High grade for the issue. Not one single, solitary pinhole with the only remotely distracting feature being the aforementioned ink smudge. Not an uncommon occurrence, as sheets of these notes were being signed with a quill pen at one time. Plated in Rothert on page 167.

CHOICE

VERY FINE

 $400  

Reverse
Pic 2

  AR  $10

Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Co.

  R-409-10

 

  Rothert Plate Note

 

 Little Rock   1855

Serial # 181. Plate A. Ornate "TEN" back. Central vignette of three men laying brick. Former President Andrew Jackson to lower left. Simply a gorgeous example of the issue possessing superb eye appeal. One prominent fold in the center seems to indicate that this note was folded one time and put away. There are no other signs of circulation. As crisp and fresh as new. As clean and right as they come. A beautiful obsolete in anyone's book; much less a note that is the plate note for this series in Rothert. The last of the series of plates on this Arkansas obsolete. There exists a $50 and an unsigned $100 note; although their whereabouts remain unknown. This note and the above provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire every available note on the Cincinnati & Little Rock Slate Co plated in Rothert's "Arkansas Obsolete Notes and Scrip". Unbelievable.

CHOICE

EXTREMELY

FINE

 $425  

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  AR   75 Cents

  Centre Point

J. Clardy & McGuire

   R-113-3

  August, 1862

 

 

 Rothert Plate Note

 

 R-7 (1-5 known)

Serial # 177 graces this great Arkansas rarity. Incredibly well preserved, with clear, vivid printing, signature and date. Dated at Centre Point, Ark; August 12, 1862. Items such as this piece always intrigue me, as they were used in the far away Trans-Mississippi Department and payable in "WAR BONDS or CONFEDERATE NOTES". Excessively rare, Rothert only lists the 25 cent; 75 cent and $2 denomination.  A tick rough at the bottom, with what appears to be a bundle hole in the upper center.  A very light and small stain may be seen just below the signature to the right. Believe me; when it comes to a piece of this rarity; it is a non-issue. Incredibly; the red print is still bright and vivid 148 years after the note was printed. This note is plated in Rothert to illustrate the type. From the famous Schingoethe collection; sold by R.M. Smythe over a period of several years. This was perhaps the largest and no doubt the finest collection of obsolete and scrip notes ever assembled. The Schingoethe's would stop at nothing to ad a prize to their collection. This note is such a prize. After the Schingoethe collection is gone; it's done. The opportunity to acquire such great rarities as I have here listed will forever fade into history. A great piece for the scrip or Arkansas collector. At present, there are no extremely serious players in Arkansas. Once one or two enter the market (and they will) pieces like this one could not be bought for anything remotely close to the price here listed. What a piece of Americana. Opportunity is key here.    F/VF  $1175  

Reverse

 AR

 25 Cents

      Clarksville

    R 122-1   R-7

        1862

Serial # 5799. M. Rose, Son & Carey. An R-7 in Rothert and I believe it. This piece is dated March 1, 1862 and payable in Confederate Notes or Arkansas War Bonds. Completely original in all respects and very rare. Not one single, solitary pinhole. Unbelievable.

SOLID

  FINE

 $675  

Reverse

   AR

50 Cents

 Unique

       DE WITT

     J. N. Inman

    R 150-1

       1862

 Rothert Plate Note

  

Serial # 99. Printed upon blue lined paper and in incredible condition. This is the only known piece of any kind from DE WIT and is plated on page 68 of Matt Rothert's comprehensive work on Arkansas paper money entitled "Arkansas Obsolete Notes and Scrip". I deal in a large amount of scrip, as I find them intriguing and extremely rare. In my humble opinion, notes such as these are vastly undervalued at the present time. This appears to be a check worth 50 cents when presented in sums of $5.00 and redeemable at J.N. Inman's store in De Wit. Dated April 13th 1862 in red ink with a vivid, clear signature of Mr. Inman. I speak with experience when I say that this is one of the best preserved pieces of scrip I have ever seen. Nearly all pieces such as this; from any location are usually found ratty, torn, holed or  backed. Not a single blemish, chink pinhole or other problem exists. A true miracle of survival and a museum quality piece. I find it amazing that such a piece is even available to collectors in this day and time.

CHOICE

     XF

 $595  

Reverse

  AR  $2.50

Fayetteville

Holcomb & Barnard

     R-198-6

Rothert Plate Note

      Jan 15, 1862

Serial #799. A very odd denomination plated in Rothert on page 86. Simply a superb example of this Civil War Arkansas piece. Printed upon very thin paper, there are two small holes noted. Anyone familiar with collecting this type of material is well aware that it is next to impossible to find rare pieces such as this one in "Perfect" condition. Such notes do not exist and these are most often found in horrid condition. Partners in a drug store, some but not many of these notes are endorsed upon the back by James Barnard. This note is so endorsed. Payable in Confederate Notes. Items of true Americana are disappearing at an alarming rate. The time will come when the opportunity to acquire such pieces simply will not exist. A wonderful note of the highest quality.

PMG

Choice

Fine

 $550  

Reverse
Pic 2

   AR  $ 2

  Fayetteville

 

Stirman & Dickson

      R-201-4

 

 

 PCGS VF 25 PPQ

 

 

    Jan 25, 1862

 

 

 

 Pay in CSA Notes

Serial # 757. Dated January 25, 1862. An intriguing piece, emanating from Washington County, Arkansas. Located in the Northwest corner of the State; during the 1850's and continuing to early 1862, Harvey Stirman and Joseph Dickson ran a successful business here until the town was burned in February, 1862. Consequently; no notes from this  business were issued after the date which appears upon this note. Printed upon the back of unused Corporation of the Town of Fayetteville 25 cent notes. Rare scrip notes such as this are most frequently found tattered, torn, stained and with pieces missing. Unbelievably; this note has been assigned a PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) designation by PCGS. The first such PPQ moniker I have ever seen upon a piece of scrip. Payable in Confederate Notes. Rated an R-7 (1-5 known) by Rothert and quite doubtful that any could have survived in better condition than this piece. Also payable at several other merchant's stores in the vinicity. Just an amazing piece of American history which is indeed a true miracle of survival. Impeccable provenance; emanating from the famed Eric P. Newman collection.

PCGS

VF 25

PPQ

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 $595  

Reverse
Pic 2

   AR  $ 2

  Fort Smith

 

  E. S. Mitchell

 

  R-236-4A  R-7

 

 Rothert Plate Note

 

 November 1, 1862

 

     CSA $$$$

Serial # 4400. Dated November 1, 1862. E. S. Smith was a successful merchant in Fort Smith during this era, producing scrip which was payable not only in Fort Smith, but in various other locations as well. This particular piece was also payable in Dardanelle and is plated in Rothert on page 104 of his 1985 work "Arkansas Obsolete Notes and Scrip". Therein assigned a rarity rating of 7 or 1-5 known. This piece saw some use, although suffers from no damage or problems. Very appealing for the grade and payable in Confederate Notes. It is extremely difficult to convey just how scarce and historically significant a piece such as this truly is. No pinholes and a very bold signature of E. S. Mitchell. A true miricle of survival.  Fine++  $525  

Reverse

   AR  $  2

     Corporation of

       Little Rock            

                                                         R-422-5                                 

               

      PCGS FINE 15     

     

  Little Rock June 1840            

 

  Rothert Plate Note      

 

 

 

  Excessively Rare                                              

 X Eric P. Newman      

Serial # 25. Dated June 18, 1840. The Corporation of Little Rock issued notes in the years of 1838, 1839, 1840 and 1841. Rothert categorizes these extremely rare notes by year of issue. For example, his book lists them as "Corporation of Little Rock, 1839 Issue" ; Corporation of Little Rock, 1840 Issue and so on. All are excessively rare and several denominations are not known to exist. In the year of 1840, only two denominations are known to exist - the $1.00 and the $2.00 denomination you see offered here. While somewhat toned, it is a true miracle that this note survived at all. Rated an R-7 by Rothert, translating in to 1-5 examples thought to have survived. I find this estimate optimistic. Interestingly, the very note offered here was loaned to Rothert by Newman in 1984 in order for Rothert to have an example to plate for the book (see Pic 2). Signed by Mayor Jesse Brown. Not one single pinhole, a truly amazing attribute at this grade level. Nothing but honest, even wear and under graded. If one seeks incredible rarity and provenance beyond description, this note possesses both in abundance.

PCGS  

FINE 12 

 

 

My Grade

Choice

Fine+

 $495  

Reverse
Pic 2

   AR 10 Cents

    Pine Bluff Telegraph Co.

 

    R-560-1

 

 

 

     Sept, 1862

Payable CSA $$$

 

 

 

 ROTHERT PLATE

       NOTE

Serial # 1866. Dated September, 1862 within imprint at bottom. Printed upon thicker paper. An amazingly well preserved example of this excessively rare Arkansas piece. Rated an R-7 by Rothert in his work "Arkansas Obsolete Notes and Scrip" published in 1985. This translates into 1-5 pieces believed to exist by Rothert at the time. This very note was plated by Rothert as the representative note from the Pine Bluff Telegraph Company (see pic 2). The rarity rating by Rothert has for the most part withstood the test of time. Conjuring vivid images in our mind of those sending a "telegram" in the old West as depicted in "Western" movies....this telegraph company was the forerunner of such communication in the West. One can hold this note and only imagine what the state of communication was when this piece was used as compared to today. In essence, this note and the story it tells represent what this hobby is all about. No pinholes, chinks or the like and just the very faintest of light foxing is present. Pointed out for accuracies sake, this appears much more prominent in the scan that when viewing the actual note. Very close to extremely fine, although I think the note closer to choice very fine+ by old school grading standards. Payable in Confederate notes at offices in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Arkadelphia, Princeton and Camden. As nice as one will likely see this note. I find it amazing that a true piece of history such as this note is available to collectors today. Quality, rarity and provenance; a rare combination indeed.

Choice

Very Fine

 

 

MKT

Grade:

XF-40

 $995  

Reverse
Pic 2

  AR  $  1

    Van Buren

 

  White & Hanley       

  

       R-665-4               

 

 

    PCGS VF-25         

 

 

   January 20, 1862

 

 

Pay in CSA Notes

Serial # 161. Dated at Van Buren, Ark January 20, 1862. A solid, problem free piece of rare Arkansas scrip. A good number of differences exist in this $1.00 denomination and that listed below. The signatures of White and Hanley are printed as opposed to being written in brown ink. This note, unlike the $1.00 note below  is endorsed by White and Hanley upon the back. The entire layout is different. A most appealing aspect of the note here offered is observed upon the front wherein the note, in large letters, is payable in "CONFEDERATE NOTES". The far left indicates this note was "Good With Stirman & Dickson, Fayetteville, Ark." while the far right informs us that this note was "Good With M. Mayers & Bro., Forth Smith, Ark.". In far superior condition to the note plated in Rothert. A general merchandise store operating in the Indian Territory during the Civil War. From the famous Eric P. Newman collection. Pure Americana at it's finest.

PCGS     

Very Fine

    25

 $475  

Reverse

  AR  $  1

    Van Buren

 

  White & Hanley

  

       R-665-14

 

 

 PCGS VF-30

 

 

     June 1, 1862

 

 

 

Pay in CSA Notes

Serial # 3036. Dated June 1, 1862. Without question; one of, if not the most well preserved pieces I have ever encountered which was issued West of the Mississippi. Located in Crawford County which lies in NW Arkansas, just below Washington County. The city of Van Buren serves as the county seat. Established by George E. White and Samuel C. Hanley at some point in the 1850's. Signed by Samuel C. Hanley to the lower right. Originally rated an R-7 (1-5 known) by Rothert; it is likely the number of survivors since discovered has increased; ever so slightly reducing Rothert's rarity rating. Only a few miles from the Oklahoma State line; one can only envision the images this piece conjures up at the time it was issued. The wild West was by no means tame; being for the most occupied by Indians. Payable in Confederate Notes. The image we see of towns, stores, saloons and merchants in Western movies certainly comes to life with this piece. I cannot begin to convey just how scarce this note is this clean and problem free. Simply amazing.

PCGS

Very

Fine  30

 $595  

Reverse

  AR  50 Cents

    Van Buren

 

    White & Hanley

 Unlisted in Rothert

 

 

  PAY CSA $$$$

 

 

   January 25, 1862

Serial # 1313. A fascinating piece of American History; especially pertaining to the Indian Territory and the American Civil War. This particular piece is unlisted in Rothert, although similar in design and date to the 25 cent note illustrated therein. The 50 cent note listed and depicted in Rothert is dated December 25, 1861 and is a different design than the piece here offered. A true miracle of survival if there ever was one. A comparison of this note to White and Hanley examples plated in Rothert is quite revealing. Those plate notes are missing chunks from the sides, middle or corners and several are stained, torn or worse. The far left of the note reads "Good with Stirman & Dickson, Fayetteville, Ark." while the far right reads "Good with M. Mayer & Bro., Forth Smith, Ark.". All were part of a large general merchandise store operating in the Indian Territory during the Civil War; which Territory was allied with the Confederacy. Endorsed on the back by White & Hanley. I cannot begin to explain just how well preserved this note is considering where it has been and what it was used for. If you have a copy of Rothert, look at those notes plated upon White and Hanley and you will readily see what I mean. Rothert would have plated the best notes available at the time. A solid piece and totally original. No tears, stains or soiling. Truly incredible.

Solid

Fine

 $675  

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Pic 2

  AR   50 cents

     White County

        UNL

    Searcy

       1863

 

 

  PAY CSA  $$$$

Serial # 1597. Dated January 13, 1863. An incredible example of this White County warrant from Searcy Arkansas which is unlisted in Rothert. I was fortunate enough to acquire the personal effects of Charles Douthat, Company B ; 1st Arkansas Reserves. This is the last piece which was with the Military pass shown in PIC 2. The Military pass is not for sale and illustrated just so those viewing this note can be aware that it belonged to Douthat of Searcy, AR.. Simply an immaculate piece and amazingly well preserved. Even the original embossing from the lettering may be seen on the back. Notes such as these are currently "sleepers" and when they do awake; the value will be what someone wants for it. Payable in Confederate notes and signed by James W. Bradley, Clerk of White County from 1862 to 1868. Endorsed upon the back by S.B. Barnett. This piece also bears a notary type impressed seal which reads "Circuit Court; White County ARK". The scales of justice may also be seen within the seal when viewing the actual note. An extremely rare note which was not known to Rothert and in incredible condition for a piece such as this. Those White County denominations known to Rothert (10c, 15c, 25c & $2) were assigned a rarity 7 or 1-5 known by him. Rarity and quality, a combination which is impossible to beat.  VF+/XF  $825

 

 

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Pic 2


 

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