Inventory - Miscellaneous Obsoletes and Southern States - Florida:
 

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 FL             FLORIDA
   FL  $ 50

 

 TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

      Cr-3

      1861

 

     PMG GEM

 Uncirculated 65

       EPQ

Serial # 2798.  Printed date of October 10, 1861. Simply a superb example of this Hoyer & Ludwig $50 Florida issue. Unlike the State of Florida notes with color; which begin with Criswell 15, this note and the white $100, $20, $10, $5, $3, $2 and $1 (Cr-2 thru Cr-14) were lithograph printings. This means that the notes were printed with stone plates rather than steel engraved plates utilized by Keatinge & Ball upon those Florida State notes of color. Rarely do we see a Hoyer & Ludwig note attain the lofty grade of Gem Uncirculated. These issues were prone to ink bleed at the signatures, yellowing or foxing of the paper and not printed with the strength of steel plates; thus producing embossing. The note here offered is indeed an exception to the rule with regard to lithographs, as it retains it's snow white color. No ink bleed or burn and incredibly well inked. Choice trim with amazing clarity and contrast. One will encounter a good many more steel engraved Florida notes in high grade than a note such as this one. A true prize that presents with exceptional quality and at this grade; solid rarity. Locating another in this lofty state of preservation would indeed be a difficult task.

PMG

GEM

UNC 65

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 $675

 

 

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   FL  $ 50  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

      Cr-3A

 

 

 

INVERTED FIFTY

 

        1861

Serial # 4491. Central vignette of Ceres seated, facing right. "L" in counter left and right top with "50" in round, scalloped counter; left and right bottom. Plain back. A magnificent example of this very scare 1861 Florida State issue. Clean, fresh and bright with not one single pinhole. The frequent problem of ink bleed, burn and run at C.H. Austin's signature for Treasurer (lower left) is pleasingly absent from this note. The frequently seen ink bleed at Austin's signature has been the ruin of a good many Florida State issues. Light secretarial signature of Governor John Milton to right. A very scare Florida error, rated an R-9 in Hugh Shull's "Guide Book of Southern States Currency". The right "Fifty" just below the word "FLORIDA" is inverted. Such a mistake would have been rapidly spotted and the plate retired. This was exactly what occurred and few of these survive today; much less in this pristine state of preservation. Most often, the 1861 Florida issues are found foxed, spotted or with some sort of stain or the like somewhere on the body of the note. Not so here; as this note is as crisp and new as any bank note that you could acquire at your local bank today. Four full frame lines with no folds provide a CH CU grade...nearly gem. They just don't come any nicer than this. A gorgeous, highly desirable and totally problem free Civil War Florida piece.  CH CU  $675

 

 

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  FL

 

 

 

 $ 20  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-4

       1861

Serial # 3047. Ceres facing right, as on all 1861 State of Florida issues by H&L save for the $1,$2 and $3. Exceptionally bright and clean for this issue. Cut just a tiny fraction tight at the far upper left front. Superb clarity and contrast; which are indeed tough to locate with any H&L Florida issue. Not one single problem. An extremely nice piece and ever tougher to locate in this day and time. Far above average.    VF+  $295

 

 

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 FL

 

 

 

 

 

 $ 3  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-7A

       1861

Serial # 3281 in red ink. Limited to a print run of a mere 4,454 notes; the $3 1861 State of Florida note is one tough note. These were "workhorse" notes. The only distraction I see with this note is a small ink splatter at the upper left front, just to the left of Perry's signature. You will not find one of these low denomination notes in high grade. A very small ding at the upper right front. This example possesses four signatures on the front; which is most unusual. Secretarial signature of Governor John Milton. Not one pinhole and believe me, an extremely nice example of this very tough Florida issue. A CSA T-8 in reverse if you will.    F/VF  $325

 

 

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    FL

 

 

 

 $ 100  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-10

       1862

Serial # 1065 and three serial numbers distant from the above listed $100 note. Cut just a tick tight at the lower left corner from the front. A somewhat crude product of Hoyer & Ludwig; however, I am quite sure it served it's purpose during Civil War Florida. No folds, pinholes or ink issues. Much tougher than one might think. Not toned like so many of these are. Uncirculated  $495

 

 

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   FL 

 

 

 

 $ 100  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-10

       1862

 Transitional Note

Serial # 1064 and consecutive to the note above. Fully framed with superb eye appeal. No problems whatsoever. This note vividly illustrates the transition from Cr 10 to Cr 10A. There is no cross bar at the left plate letter "H". The cross bar at the right plate letter "H" is light and faded. A light "bend" which is not strong enough to call a fold present in the middle. A very pleasing example of this most unusual issue.

CHOICE

     AU+

 $550

 

 

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   FL 

 

 

 $ 100  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-10A

       1862

Serial # 137. A splendid example of this R-9 issue. Fully framed with no ink bleed or burn which is so common with these Hoyer and Ludwig issues. There is no cross bar in either plater letter "H". Quite scarce. Clean, bright and crackling crisp. 3 light folds or so. Superb eye appeal.

CHOICE

     XF

 $575

 

 

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  FL  $  2  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-18

        1863

 

 

 

 

 

PCGS Very Choice

       New 64

Serial # 11766. Printed date of March 1, 1863. Striking central vignette of locomotive rounding curve. Oval seal to upper left containing Ceres and Justice. "2" on die to upper right. Vignette of Agriculture to lower left and Indian maiden to lower right. Very strong red "TWO" overprint. Plain back. No watermark, as is the norm with this issue. A superb example of this 1863 State of Florida issue authorized by legislative act enacted by the State on December 13, 1862. Bright, well inked red "TWO" overprint. The work of Keatinge & Ball; printers and engravers of a number of Confederate Treasury notes. The example offered here is immaculate. Vivid brown ink serial numbers and signatures (4). Amazing clarity and detail. Once more; as an "old timer", I am confused by the grade of Very Choice New 64. The note is superbly trimmed in my humble opinion. Perhaps if one were to place a ruler on the edges of the note, there may be a 1/20th of an inch more selvage in one place than another. I do not know. Irregardless of the "number" assigned to this amazing note, one would be hard pressed to locate a better example. A wonderful piece of American history bearing incredible eye appeal.

PCGS Very

Choice New

     64

 $595  

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   FL

 

 

 

 

  50 Cents  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-22B

       1863

No serial #. One signature space; although four signatures present. Printed upon the back of a $500,000 Florida Bond! Holy smoke! Secretarial signature of Governor Milton. Old, crudely repaired tear at left center front. The "one signature" space notes were originally not authorized by the Governor and are usually printed upon the backs on Florida notes, bonds or the like. Florida fractional notes are more scare than the same fractionals from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and the like. A neat Florida piece. Net: Fine  $ 80

  

 

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   FL

 

 

  25 Cents  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-24

       1863

No serial number. Two signature spaces; although signed by four different people. Although not visible in the scan; the lettering and "TWENTY FIVE" present incredible embossing upon the back. Superb trim. Wonderful color and a beautiful Florida piece. A small fold at the lower right corner from the back prevents a Gem CU grade. Still; a beauty.

CHOICE

   AU+

 $85

 

 

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   FL

 

 

  10 Cents  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-28

       1863

No serial number. Two signature spaces; with four different signers. Choice color. Crackling crisp and fresh. About as nice as one could want. Cut just a hair tight at the upper left front; otherwise this one is gem. Much tougher than most folks think. Uncirculated+  $ 90

 

 

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   FL 

 

 

 

  10 Cents  TALLAHASSEE

  State of Florida

       Cr-30A Tough

       1863

No serial number. One signature space. Four different signers. Printed upon the back of Bank of Fernandina notes. Anyone who has ever tried to acquire a Bank of Fernandina note knows how rare and expensive those are. Much more rare than reference books provide. This note was housed in a PMG grading service holder at VF 20 (see pic 2).   An extraordinary Florida note.

FINE

PMG

VF 20

 $275

 

 

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  FL    75     

Cents

  Orange Springs

 

  J. W. Pearson

 

      B 21B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  PCGS FINE 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       1862

No serial number. Dated 1862. Two masted sailing ship in center. Left "75" ; "7" & "5" not aligned. Printed upon back of Orange Springs bond. Thick paper with not one single pinhole. No margin chinks or tears. An R-7 piece, according to Florida author and expert Ron Benice as so published in his excellent work, "Florida Paper Money". This accurately translates into 4-12 known surviving examples in all grades. Based upon my experience, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Benice and am inclined to think that he is being conservative. Many such rarities; whether they be from Georgia, Alabama or other locations are often assigned an "apparent" grade by the grading services due to a small edge ding or the like. This designation arises due to the grading services insistence that an excessively rare, 160 year old note which no one had any reason to save, from a very obscure location with perhaps 4 or 5 known survivors, be held to the same grading standards as a modern day bank note available at your local bank today. Further, the "modern day" note was printed upon the finest Crane paper and machine cut. To me, and to advanced collectors, this "apparent" grade is totally meaningless. Relative to great rarities such as this piece, a small imperfection or the like is to be expected. It is the "norm". The fact that the note survived at all is amazing. This is not to say that there do exist situations wherein the designation of "apparent" is not called for. In many cases that designation is warranted and meaningful. It is my humble opinion that the grading services have in many cases simply gone too far with this moniker. It seems that the history behind many great rarities of the paper money world are becoming lost or simply "left behind" by newer collectors because of the word apparent....a "foreign substance" or edge ding. Irregardless, we have no "apparent" designation assigned to this note. A solid piece, with no edge chinks, stains or the like. J. W. Pearson (John William) moved to Orange Springs, near the present day site of Ocala, from South Carolina and there developed a health resort. He also owned several other business interests; although in late May 1862 formed the Ocklawaha Rangers. The Rangers consisted of 125-150 men whose primary function was to protect the St. Johns River and adjacent towns. In May of 1864, Captain Pearson and his men were ordered to join Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and made the 9 day march from the Ocala area to Hanover Junction, Virginia. There Pearson saw his most intense fighting of the Civil War at Cold Harbor in June of 1864. One month later, in August of 1864, Captain Pearson was mortally wounded at Battle of Weldon RR not far from Cold Harbor. He attempted to make the journey home to Orange Springs; although succumbed to his wounds and died at Augusta, Georgia on September 24, 1864. Volumes could be written about this piece and the man who signed it. A successful businessman and Confederate Officer, whose life was claimed by the horrific conflict known as the Civil War. Florida history doesn't get any better than this. Problem free, bearing a very vivid signature of J. W. Pearson. The day will soon be upon us when pieces such as this one may only be seen in institutions or museums. An incredibly rare piece of Americana and worthy of any collection or museum.

PCGS

Fine 12

 

 

 

My Grade:

Fine, Choice

 $2850

  

 

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  FL  $ 10

Merchants and

Planters Bank At

     Magnolia

 

       B-4

 

 

 

  Magnolia (Extinct)

        1833

 

 

 

 

 

 PCGS VF 35 PPQ

Serial # 755. Dated November 4, 1833. Central vignette of Archimedes. Portrait of Benjamin Franklin at mid left. Ceres to mid right. Plain back. A majestic example of a 182 year old bank note from the now extinct town of Magnolia, Florida. Not one pinhole, clean, bright and a true miracle of survival. Magnolia was settled in 1827 by four brothers from Augusta, Maine. Located upon the St. Marks River, near present day Tallahassee, the settlers saw potential for a "port City" utilizing the St. Marks River. The city did thrive for a very brief time and a U.S. Customs house was built there. However; in 1836 with the development of a crude rail road to the nearby city of St. Marks from Tallahassee; the city of Magnolia's fate was doomed. It was abandoned by 1839 and this bank saw very little operation. The abandoned structures which remained at Magnolia were destroyed by a devastating hurricane in 1843. All that remains of Magnolia today are remnants of a grave yard. Simply an incredible piece of American history. Printed at a time when our conception of Florida as it now exists is unimaginable. In 1833, Florida was a vast wilderness with land to be had for the asking. A truly remarkable piece as it's current lofty state of preservation simply defies the imagination. Assigned the seldom seen "PPQ" (Premium Paper Quality) moniker by PCGS and justifiably so. An immaculate and very scarce obsolete; especially this nice.

PCGS VF35

     PPQ

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 

 

My

Grade:

 

Choice

Very Fine

 $575

 

 

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   FL  $   5

     Bank of

 West  Florida

       B-12

  "Apalachicola"

        1832

 

 

 

 

 

PCGS VF 25 PPQ

Serial # 1879. Dated November 3, 1832. Central vignette of Justice holding scales standing beside shield and eagle. Woman standing to left and cattle to right. Indian in canoe at bottom middle. Plain back. While not considered "rare" in the obsolete note genre; it is truly amazing that a piece of paper which is 183 years old and served as a medium of exchange survives in this state of preservation today. The area deemed "West Florida" was originally formed by the British in 1763 (after several sovereignty changes) and comprised what is known today as the Florida panhandle along with parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Southern boundary was the Gulf of Mexico, the Western boundary the Mississippi River and region was bounded on the East by the Apalachicola River. Needless to say, the area is much too steeped in history to do it justice here, as tempting as it is to do so. The colonies of West Florida and East Florida were combined into the Territory of Florida by the U.S. on March 22, 1822. Florida was admitted to the Union and became a State in March of 1845. The note itself is free of any problems whatsoever. Not one single pinhole; thus the most unusual "PPQ" (Premium Paper Quality) designation. The "PPQ" moniker is seldom seen on any obsolete bank note; much less an example that is 183 years old. A splendid note rich in our nation's history with ties to Spain, France and Great Britain.

PCGS

VF 25

PPQ

 $325

 

 

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   FL  $ 10  Bank of St. Johns

         B-7

 Jacksonville 1859

 Hunter Shooting

   Deer Vignette

Serial # 455. Dated May 2, 1859. Seldom seen and highly sought after central vignette of hunter shooting deer. Indian to lower left and Florida State seal to lower right. Plain back. Much more elusive than the $5 issue on this bank and an extremely appealing obsolete bank note. Signed by George L. Bryant as Cashier to right and A. M. Reed as President (founder of the bank); the note is also signed by the Comptroller of the State of Florida, Theodore W. Brevard. An old mounting remnant is visible at the lower, mid back; although not distracting. No pinholes, exceptional trim and superb eye appeal. A note which represents the very essence of what collecting these wonderful pieces of history is all about.

CHOICE

FINE

MKT:

VF 30

 $525

 

 

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    FL  $ 10  Bank of St. Johns

         B-7

 Jacksonville 1859

  

 

 

    PMG VF-20

Serial # 1047. Dated May 2, 1859. Same design and vignettes as above. The central vignette which appears upon this note is one of the most desirable and sought after in the obsolete note arena. As stated above; the $10 issue upon the Bank of Saint Johns in Jacksonville is many multiples more scarce than the more frequently seen $5 issue.  It is indeed near impossible to imagine what Jacksonville, FL was like in 1859. Today; it is the largest city size wise in the State of Florida. This note is a classic example of an obsolete which will soon become totally unavailable or extremely more costly. One just does not see them at large shows with any degree of regularity in this day and time. While PMG grades this note VF 20; I think it more along the lines of a nice fine. Pleasing to the eye with no problems. Believe me, if there were any; they would have been called out by PMG....just as I would.

PMG VF-20

 

 

 

My Grade:

Fine

 $450

  

 

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   FL

 

 

 

 $  5

  Bank of St. Johns

         B-6B

 Jacksonville 1859

Serial # 2186. Cotton boll in center. American Bank Note Company imprint to left of cotton boll. Locomotive to lower left. State seal to lower right. A far above average example of this highly sought after Florida note. There were just not that many banks in Florida 150-160 years ago, much to the lament of collectors today. A choice example; which I have never seen or heard of in high grade. Totally problem free.

CHOICE

   FINE

 $350

 

 

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   FL  $ 1

  Bank of Pensacola

        B 1

 

 

   FIRST ISSUE

       1840

    Pensacola

Serial # 1446. Dated May 4, 1840. Central vignette of Indian with bow. Old style steam train to left. Cattle to right. Plain back. Four different "issues" were emitted from this scarce Florida bank; with the note here offered being from the first issue, dated between 1836 to 1840 and bearing the signatures which appear on this example. Extremely scarce. Simply a superb early obsolete; especially considering it is from the then sparsely populated State of Florida. Printed upon thin paper, the note is amazingly clean, bright and crisp. Razor sharp corners and not one single pinhole. Superb trim and immaculate eye appeal. Non distracting light soiling is barely visible at the middle back; otherwise, this note is as near perfection as one could hope for. It is indeed difficult to imagine that this piece is 175 years old. It is also extremely difficult to envision just what Florida was like 175 years ago when this note was issued. A truly amazing piece of Florida history combining quality and rarity. Extremely rare; especially in this state of preservation. Obsoletes such as this one simply will just not be available ad infinitum. They will go the way of so many other difficult pieces...into tightly held collections only to be seen again in 40 years, if at all. XF+/AU  $695

 

 

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