Inventory - Miscellaneous Obsoletes and Southern States - Louisiana:
 

Below are a portion of my current offerings in Louisiana. Visit the Terms page to order.


 

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      All notes in stock unless otherwise indicated. Hundreds more notes from all Southern States to be added as time permits. If you don't see it; please feel free to ask. Odds are I have it. 99% of my inventory is NOT listed on the Web Site.    

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 LA                LOUISIANA
  Over the years, I have watched the smaller denomination Louisiana State notes continue to rise in price and desirability. What were once $10 notes are now $150. $20-$25 pieces have risen to near $200 in high grade. I can understand this, as more and more collectors enter the market and I see no reason why the rise in cost will not continue. Of all the smaller denomination State issues emitted during the Civil War, it is my opinion that none can rival the appeal and desirability of the Louisiana State notes. Listed below are just a few for your consideration.      


   LA     $2

   1862

     State of LA

          CR-2

    Baton Rouge

Serial # 66. Red "TWO" overprint. Far and away the lowest serial number I have ever seen on one of these lower denomination Louisiana notes. Very well inked. Printed on the back of Texas notes.

  XF

 $165  

Reverse

   LA    $1

  1862

    State of LA

       CR-3

   Baton Rouge

Serial # 11486. Red One overprint. printed upon the back of unused Texas notes as above. Two corner folds and no other problems.  AU  $165  

Reverse

   LA     $3

   1862

     State of LA

          CR-4

    Baton Rouge

Serial # 9805. Green "3" and "THREE" overprint. Confederate States above "3" to left and The United States above "3" to right. Printed upon back of unused Exchange Bank of Holly Springs, Mississippi Notes.

Choice

    VF

 $135  

Reverse

    LA   $100    State of LA

      Cr-11

 

 

 

   PCGS CHOICE

 ABOUT NEW 58

      

    Shreveport

        1863

Serial # 2503. Printed date of March 10, 1863. Portrait of Governor Thomas O. Moore within oval to upper left. Central depiction of Louisiana State Capitol building at Shreveport (which was never built). Liberty seated while holding spear and adjacent to Confederate shield to lower right. Elaborate "1", "HUNDRED", "100" reverse. Razor sharp corners all the way around. I have looked this note over several times and am unable to locate a fold. There does exist a tiny area of handling at the mid right back and perhaps this is what the grading service sees. Irregardless, superbly trimmed and an extremely pleasing example of the issue. No problems of any kind. Tougher than one might think to locate this well preserved and bearing the eye appeal this note possesses.

 PCGS Choice   

 About New  58

 $ 265  

Reverse

   LA  $ 20         

 

   State of LA

      Cr-13

      

    Shreveport 1863

 

 

 "GO TO BORGES

     HOUSE"                 

No serial #; remainder as all examples of this very elusive advertising note are. Printed date of March 10, 1863. Central portrait of General P.G.T. Beauregard in center. Fancy blue back. An elusive and most desirable advertising note from New Orleans. Perfect trim, not one single pinhole and a note which looks much better in person than in the scan. Likely folded by someone during the era to keep as a "souvenir" of Borges House. Very seldom seen and a highly sought after piece.   Choice Fine  $175  

Reverse

   LA

50 cents

  1864

   State of LA

      Cr-20

      

    Shreveport

Serial # 3813. As nice as these come. "South-Western Print" imprint. Clean, bright and like it was printed yesterday. Getting much, much tougher to locate this nice now.

CHOICE

    CU

 $160  

Reverse

   LA

50 cents

  1864

    State of LA

     CR-20

     

    Shreveport

Serial # 5670. Sailing ship at sea. By 1864, materials such as paper and other staples were in short supply. Not quite cut as well as the above, although still Crisp new.   CU  $140  

Reverse

   LA  $  5

State of Louisiana

  

     CR-25

 

 

 

 

  Superb Color

 

UNCANCELLED!

 

 

 

 

   April 26, 1866

 

 Very Rare Uncut

 

 

   American Bank 

   Note Company

Serial # 6218. Dated April 26, 1866. Green "FIVE" protector in center,  flanked by portraits of two young women. Cotton bolls to upper left. Andrew Johnson to lower right. Green "FIVE" and smaller "Five" overprint at bottom center. Very elaborate green back. An absolute work of art created by the American Bank note company of New York. Superb eye appeal and only a very, very tiny corner "bump" at the upper right back. The $5 (CR-25), $10 (CR-26) and $20 (CR-27) were authorized by an act of the Louisiana State legislature dated February 9, 1866. It is suspected that these notes were printed due to a lack of currency in Louisiana; although the exact reason remains unknown. It is known that the issues saw very limited use and were only used for less than two years; 1866-1867. Survivors are sometimes seen; although most often found in very circulated condition. 99.99% are encountered cut cancelled or punch cancelled. Uncanceled pieces are extremely rare. In fact; this is the first such piece I have ever had the privilege of owning. Hugh Shull, in his outstanding work on Southern States Currency says the following, which is a direct quote from page 158: " Most notes that have survived are either cut cancelled or punch cancelled. Uncanceled notes carry a 200% to 300% premium over notes that were cancelled". Excessively rare uncut and a very scarce opportunity to add this very elusive, downright gorgeous example to your collection. An amazing note if there ever was one.

Choice

Almost

Uncirculated++

 $895  

Reverse

    LA  $  1

   The Vicksburg 

  Shreveport And        Texas RR Company

 

       UNL

 

 

PCGS Choice About

      New 58          

 

 

       

      Monroe, LA   

   

    Jan 13, 1862    

 

 

Payable in CSA $$ 

Serial # 3447. Printed date of January 13, 1862. Simply an incredible piece of American history and as well preserved as one could ever hope to see. The Vicksburg Shreveport And Texas RR Company was chartered in 1853 to link Northeast Texas to the Mississippi River through Shreveport. By January 1861, the line was in operation for 75 miles from Vicksburg, MS to Monroe, LA. Needless to say, the Civil War created dire circumstances for the railroad, although it continued to remain very significant. One can simply "Goggle" this railroad and locate hundreds of period documents which are truly fascinating. A superb example of this historic issue. Printed upon thick paper, the ink "spreading" of W. M. Wadley's signature to the right creates no problems with bleed through or burn. In fact, every piece I have had the pleasure of seeing from this railroad displays Wadley's signature just as you see it here. While the $5 issues are encountered with some frequency; the same cannot be said of the $1 denomination offered here. Nor are they seen at this lofty grade level. In fact, this example represents one of, if not the finest examples I have ever had the pleasure of offering. It is the only $1 note bearing the green overprint I have ever seen. Payable in Confederate notes at Monroe. Once part of the famous Eric P. Newman collection. Pure Americana at it's finest and a classic example of why many collect these wonderful pieces of history. Amazing.

PCGS CHOICE

ABOUT NEW 58

 

 

 

 

 

 $675  

Reverse

    LA  $  3

   The Vicksburg 

  Shreveport And        Texas RR Company

 

       UNL

 

    Monroe, LA

 

   July 27, 1867

Serial # 75. Printed date of July 27, 1867. Central vignette of train overprinted in green. Green "THREE" and green "3" at bottom left and right. Plain back. A pristine example of this post war issue which served to continue the expansion of the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas Railroad after the Civil War. Extremely scarce and immaculate. All but the $5 note from this railroad is scarce; much less the odd, three dollar denomination. Crackling crisp, fresh and bright; with no problems whatsoever. Two light, as made bends are noted which were present when the note was printed. Gorgeous trim and totally blemish free. A splendid example of this very tough Southern RR note.

Choice

Uncirculated

 $595  

Reverse

   LA  $ 100

Bank of Louisiana

    75-G24B

 

 

 Deep Blue "100"

 

New Orleans-1862

Serial # 983. Dated May 22, 1862. Central vignette of a seated Liberty with pole joined by an unknown Greek Goddess. "100" right and left. Deep blue "100" protector/overprint. Fancy orange design surrounding "C" on back. Simply an amazing example of this very scarce Louisiana issue. The signatures, inking, color of the blue "100" and strikingly vivid orange color of the back far exceed what one might expect to see at this grade level. The lower left corner of the back is present; however, it was inadvertently furled under during the process of performing the back scan. This note is rare in any grade; although when one views it in person, it appears to be two grades higher than shown in the scan. Not one single pinhole or problem. I do not know where I could acquire another example of this caliber in this day and time. A superb Bank of Louisiana note and to those familiar with this bank, it's quality and rarity will be apparent.

CHOICE

FINE

 

Looks nicer

 $575  

Reverse

   LA  $  50

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G22A

    Serial # 29

 

 TOUGH NOTE

    

New Orleans-1862

Serial # 29! Dated June 14, 1862. Central vignette of the Goddess Ceres reclining against a bale of cotton (similar to CSA T-46) and a popular vignette utilized in differing forms upon various Southern bank notes of the 1840's through the mid 1860's.  Mercury and Justice standing to lower right. Superb vignette of the parent bank in New Orleans to left. "50", "BANK of LOUISIANA" orange overprint on back. An extremely difficult note to locate at all, much less in problem free condition. One tiny pinhole is mentioned for accuracies sake. Amazingly clean. Excellent clarity and contrast which resulted from the plate being well inked just before this piece was made. In most cases, the backs of these Bank of Louisiana notes are barely visible as an orange like color. Scarce is the occasion when one can actually read the back. A wonderful piece of Americana, chocked full of history and most desirable as such.

CHOICE

FINE+

 

MKT

Grade:

VF-30

 $395  

Reverse

   LA  $ 20

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G18a

 

 

Superb Vignette of

Actual Bank Building

 

 PCGS VERY              FINE 30

    

 

 

   New Orleans

  May 22, 1862

Serial # 3200. Dated May 22, 1862. Simply amazing vignette of the Bank of Louisiana in Center. Liberty with pole and shield standing to right. Mercury holding "20" to lower left. Bright, vivid orange "BANK OF LOUISIANA" & "XX" overprint on back. By far, the most popular and highly sought after note in the Bank of Louisiana series. While not as rare as the $1,000, $500 and some lower denominations; the note is very, very popular and extremely difficult to locate. Perhaps it is the detail surrounding a scene from everyday life depicted near the bank building that draws collectors to this note. Incredible engraving; even down to the shadows created by the horseman, the carriage and the individuals gazing at the bank. Rarely will the actual Bank building be depicted upon any given obsolete. The possibility of a required move of the bank, fire, destruction or many other possibilities influenced those choosing the note's design. Therefore 99.99% of the time, we are left without a contemporary look at the actual bank itself. Possessing an immaculate reputation; Bank of Louisiana notes circulated heavily far and wide and the vast majority encountered possess some sort of problem. No ink bleed or burn, not one single pinhole and flawless. Superb eye appeal. Impeccable provenance, emanating from perhaps the greatest collections ever formed; that of Eric P. Neman. A wonderful piece of Americana that provides us with a rare first hand look at what life might have been like in 1850's-1860's.

PCGS Very

  Fine 30

 $ 395

 

 

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  $ 10

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G14A

 

 

    

New Orleans-1862

Serial # 2310. Dated June 14, 1862. Central vignette of Liberty with pole and Justice standing next to shield and bust of George Washington. "10" to left and Indian maiden holding "X" (CSA T-22) to lower right. Exceptionally vivid, ornate Bank of Louisiana orange overprint on back. Clean, bright and fresh. Not one in 500 Bank of Louisiana $10 notes such as this one remain this nice today. Extremely difficult to locate with the eye appeal present here. These notes circulated heavily and most seen today have problems such as margin tears, stains, chinks and the like. In most cases, the back overprint is completely gone or unreadable. One can look for ages and not locate an example with the superb eye appeal this example bears.  VF  $170  

Reverse

   LA  $ 10

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G12B

 

  OLD STYLE

    

New Orleans-1862

Serial # 1009. Dated May 22, 1862. Central vignette of Mercury standing next to shield. "10" right and left. Orange "X" overprint upon back. The Bank of Louisiana was founded in 1824 and was the most reputable bank in the State. Consequently, the bank's notes circulated widely. The example offered here is of the earlier design of the denomination used by the bank. Imprint of Fairman, Draper, Underwood & Co.. A couple of edge bumps are noted; however, believe me, this note is far and away above what is most frequently seen with this design. Problem free and above average for the grade. In most cases, the serial numbers, date and signatures are unreadable. A very presentable, earlier design of the Bank of Louisiana.

FINE

 

MKT

Grade:

VF-25

 $175  

Reverse

   LA  $ 5

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G10C

 Forced Issue

 Choice Note

    

New Orleans-1862

Serial # 3083. Dated June 16, 1862. Central vignette of large eagle. Liberty with pole standing to right. Woman in oval to lower left. Incredibly bright, vivid orange "5", "BANK OF LOUISIANA" overprint upon reverse. Those who collect these notes are aware of just how tough it is to locate an example bearing a clear, readable back overprint. Perfect trim and as clean as I've seen this issue. Crackling crisp and fresh. Blue "Forced Issue" stamp # 46 on front. Flawless and totally problem free. Without question, one of; if not the best $5 Bank of Louisiana note I've ever seen. Not available in this day and time.

CHOICE

Extremely

Fine+

 $195  

Reverse

  LA  $ 3

Bank of Louisiana

     75-G6A

 

 Extremely Scarce

   In High Grade

    

New Orleans-1862

 

 

         Blue  

  REGISTERED

      Stamp

Serial # 13443. Dated September 19, 1861. Central vignette of Mercury with large numerical "3" to each side. Blue "Registered" stamp. "THREE" within panels to each side. Plain back. Printed upon thin bank note paper. Very likely one of the nicest examples of this low, odd denomination note one will ever see from this very successful Louisiana bank. In 1861, low denomination notes were in great demand for use in day to day commerce due to the hoarding of all silver, gold and other coinage. The issue saw very heavy use and the print run was limited. Consequently; very, very few survive in grades above very good to fine. When seen, most are poor to very good. While the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 from this bank are encountered on a very infrequent basis in grades of true very fine or better, such is most definitely not the case with the low denomination $2 and $3 notes. In my experience, the only Bank of Louisiana notes slightly tougher than a high grade $3 note are the $500 and $1,000 issues. Crisp, bright and fresh with not one single pinhole, blemish or problem. Further, no ink bleed or burn. Very well trimmed with incredible eye appeal. Many multiple times more rare than a very fine example and likely the best available anywhere. I certainly do not know when the opportunity to acquire an example of this caliber will present itself again; if at all.

Extremely Fine

 $625  

Reverse

   LA  $ 10

    Canal Bank

 

  105-G-96A

 

   New Orleans

Remainder, as all issues from this bank are. A lovely example of this quite available note. A product of the National Bank Note Company; the primary competition of the American Bank Note Company at the time. Choice; as most of these are.

Choice

Uncirculated

  SOLD

 

Reverse
Pic 2

  LA  $500

    Canal Bank

 

  105-G-70A

 

 

 

 

   New Orleans

 

 

 

    GEM NEW

 

 

 

 

No serial number. Central vignette of three masted steam/paddle wheel ship. Maiden in oval to left. Red, fancy CANAL BANK overprint upon back. Printed upon a two subject sheet with the $1,000 note. Not to be confused or compared to the much more common $10, $20, $50, and $100 remainders from this bank. The $500 and $1,000 issues are much, much more scarce. Interestingly, not easy to locate in gem. As $500 was a tremendous sum of money in the 1850's, one can only assume that the high denomination $500 and $1,000 notes were intended for use in bank to bank transactions. As the $500 was printed with the $1,000 note on a two note sheet, condition does become an issue. One would not think that a $500 remainder would be found in any grade less than gem; however, such is far from the case. This note is a gem. The partial red dot seen at the lower left back is actually a portion of an alignment dot placed upon the note for trimming purposes. A very tough remainder in this grade and much more difficult to locate in gem condition than one might think.

GEM

Uncirculated

 $375  

Reverse

   LA  $1,000

   Canal Bank

 

  105-G-80A

 

 

   New Orleans

 

 

 

 

      GEM NEW

No serial number; remainder. Central vignette of Prosperity and Liberty between shield and eagle. Education seated to lower left. Small vignette of paddle wheeler at mid right. Fancy red "CANAL BANK" overprint upon back. Printed with the $500 note upon a two note sheet. Much more scarce than all denominations from this bank save for the $5 and $500. The $1,000 issue is always in demand; as very, very few banks desired to have such a high denomination issue printed. Collectors of high denomination obsoletes have extremely limited choices when it comes to acquiring a $500 note; much less a $1,000 piece. Razor sharp corners, perfect trim and a jewel. Surprisingly, many of these are found condition challenged. There exists a small sheet crimp, which is as made, at the middle, right bottom from the back. The two red dots seen at the top back are in reality alignment dots placed there by hand for trimming purposes. These dots are contemporary and were made just after the note was printed. A lovely high denomination note at a very affordable price.

GEM

New

 $450  

Reverse

  LA  $  1

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G2                     

         PMG Gem Uncirculated   

       66  EPQ                

New Orleans 185_

 

No serial number - remainder. Central vignette of sailing ship. Sailor to lower left and President Milliard Fillmore to lower right. "1" on gray die, left and right. Black "ONE" along with numerical "1" left and right; both atop many, many micro "one". These "micro" or extremely small "ones" were an  anti-counterfeirting measure and quite difficult to engrave. A very well designed, low denomination note bearing superb eye appeal. It is not difficult to determine this note to be the quality work of the American Bank Note Company. The Citizens Bank of Louisiana spared no expense relative to the production of it's bank notes. Quite understandably; the low denomination issues ($1- $3) from this bank do not bear color. Nonetheless, they are amoung the most appealing black and white obsoletes ever produced. Simply a beautiful piece which remains in an incredible state of preservation.

PMG Gem

Uncirculated

   66 EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

  SOLD

 

Reverse

  LA  $  3

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G6

   New Orleans

 

 

 

PMG GEM UNC 66

       EPQ

 

No serial number, remainder. Engraved "18" of date. Central vignette of Hunters building camp fire (see vignette - TN $10 City Bank). Man with broad axe splitting rail to lower right. Woman in oval to lower left. "3" on die, upper left and right. Plain back. A lovely black and white product of the American Bank Note Company of New York. By no means rare, an opportunity to acquire a splendid work of art which was engraved and printed nearly 155 years ago at a very reasonable price. Uncut sheets of this issue are plentiful; however, most sheets have bends, folds or some type of problem. Consequently; the trimmed notes therefrom will not reach the very stringent demands of the grading services when it comes at attaining the lofty grade of Gem Uncirculated 66. The note also bears the "EPQ" or "Exceptional Paper Quality" as well.

PMG Gem

Uncirculated

   66 EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

  SOLD

 

Reverse

  LA  $  5

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G14a             

 

 

PMG SUPERB GEM

  UNCIRCULATED   

         67 EPQ          

No serial number, remainder. Engraved date of "18"--. Interesting "Patented 30 June 1857" printed at mid bottom, just above "American Bank Note Company". Central vignette of two men and a boy. Young girl in oval to left and man in oval to right. Bright, distinct and vivid green overprint. The green overprint consists tiny "FIVE"s to the far left and right margins; said to be an anti counterfeiting measure. Large green "V" to right and left and central "FIVE"/mini "Five"'s below the central vignette. Striking fancy reverse; indicating the French influence which remained present at the time this note was produced in Louisiana. Simply an incredible work of art which is very seldom found in this state of preservation; even in remainder form. A note which had to be extremely expensive to produce in the 1850's and without reservation, the always immaculate talent of the American Bank Note Company on full display.

PMG SUPERB   

      GEM         

UNCIRCULATED

       67 EPQ

 

 

 

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 $295  

Reverse

  LA  $ 10

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G26a

 

 

 

 

 

 

    THE    FAMOUS         

         DIX

 

 

 

    PMG Gem Uncirculated  

       66  EPQ    

New Orleans 185_

__

No serial #. Remainder. Central vignette of the U.S.S. Adriatic at sea surrounded by other ships. Red/orange "BANQUE DES LA LOUISIANA & DES CITOYENS" (Citizens Bank of Louisiana-French) coupled with "DIX" (TEN) and "NEW ORLEANS" upon very ornate back. This note cost a good sum of money to produce in it's day due to the enormous quantity of red ink utilized. I would imagine the skill required to engrave and print the note was not inexpensive as well. One of the most famous and beautiful obsolete bank notes extant. Well grounded opinion is that the word "DIX" upon the back of this very note gave rise to the use of the term "Dixie" as the nickname for the Southern United States. Simply an incredible work of art and produced by the National Bank Note Company. Cherished by many for it's extremely intricate, geometric design work and color. I could not phantom anything remotely close to this being produced today. Razor sharp corners and superb trim. The "Dix" was printed upon high quality paper which contained purple, blue and non colored fiber. A classic case wherein the note looks much brighter and more colorful in person than in the scan. It would seem that my old flatbed scanner is about on it's last legs, lacking the clarity and sharpness it once produced. On occasion, the Dix is seen housed in a PMG or PCGS Unc 64 or 65 holder; although very rarely encountered bearing an assigned grade of Gem Uncirculated 66. If you seek the very best, you need look no further. Simply an incredible work of art and of unquestionable quality.

PMG Gem

Uncirculated

       66

 

       EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 $1000

 

 

Reverse

    LA  $ 20

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G68a         

PMG SUPERB GEM

 UNCIRCULATED 

        67 EPQ    

 

 

 

New Orleans 185_

    

No serial number - remainder. Portrait of man within oval at center. Liberty standing next to shield while holding sword to lower right. Sailor holding American flag leaning upon cotton bales to lower left. Green "XX" and "20" overprint. Ornate red design with bank title in French upon back. An incredible example of the issue and a clear example of why the American Bank Note Company was the considered the premier engraver and printer of bank notes of the era. The French influence in Louisiana is seen here and upon many other LA fiscal documents of the 1850's and before. The somewhat darkish "hue" seen within the body on the front of the $20 and $50 denomination here offered is actually created by the brilliant red reverse overprint upon the back of the note. Even though this note never circulated, the fact that it remains in this lofty state of preservation in this day and time is indeed amazing. Tough to locate graded this high. A true work of art from a time long since past.

PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated

    67  EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 $350       

  SOLD

 

Reverse

    LA  $  20

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G30c                 (Actually Unlisted)

 

PMG SUPERB GEM

 UNCIRCULATED 

        67 EPQ            

 

  

 

 New Orleans 185_

 

No serial number - remainder. Late 1850's to 1865. Liberty seated next to shield upper left. Cherubs within the numerals "20" upper right. Small eagle below "20". "TWENTY" in green script letters overprint. Red "TWENTY", "XX" and Bank title printed upon reverse. A very busy note which attains the insane grade of Superb Gem Uncirculated 67. This note is the actual off brown color it is meant to be. Unlisted in Haxby, as the 15-G30c, while like this note, calls for a blue script "TWENTY" overprint upon the front. While not excessively rare, the 15G30c is seen much less frequently than the $20 note listed above. No actual signed notes are known, although there is one depicted in Haxby which is falsely filled in. In the ancient days of the 1980's, the famous $10 Dix was valued at $30 in Haxby at the VF level while the 15G30c (blue "TWENTY" overprint) was valued at $15. This was a good sum in the 1980's; as the Dix is now valued at or above $1,000-$1300 in grades of 65 or higher. The American Bank Note Company logo may be seen to the lower left, between the "20" within the medallion and "New Orleans".  Much more scarce than one would first tend to think and preserved in a truly incredible grade.

PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated

    67  EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 $395  

Reverse

    LA  $ 50

  Citizens Bank of

      Louisiana

      15-G72a     

      PMG GEM      

 UNCIRCULATED   

         66  EPQ        

                             

 

  New Orleans 185_

 

No serial number - remainder. Late 1850's. Central vignette of maiden pouring water. Hope seated with anchor peering out into the sea at mid left. Man within oval to lower right. Gorgeous green "FIFTY" outline surrounding note. Large green "FIFTY" overprinting loads of micro "Fifty". Very ornate red back with bank title in French coupled with denomination. Simply a superb American Bank Note Company piece. While not a rare note; locating an example which has been spared of folds, handling, dirt, spots, etc. is not an easy feat. Were one to pick up and lay down an uncut sheet of these more than a few times; odds are no note upon the uncut sheet will attain the grade Gem 66. Red and green ink was very expensive at the time this note was printed and this piece no doubt cost a good amount to print. A wonderful glimpse into the late 1850's to early 1860's.

  PMG Gem               Uncirculated

    66  EPQ

 

Exceptional

Paper

Quality

 SOLD

 

Reverse

    LA  $  5

  Louisiana State

       Bank

 

     80 G80a

 

  New Orleans

 

 

   April 11, 1856

 

 

 

 

   Gorgeous, Clean

         Note

Serial # 3055. Dated April 11, 1856. Central vignette of large three masted paddle wheeler. Sailor at capstan to lower right. Thetis (CSA T-22), seated to upper left. Gray "FIVE" overprint. Incredibly clean and bright ornate "Louisiana State Bank" with "5" and "FIVE" red overprint upon back. A note which takes me back to the ancient days of the 80's; when such high quality notes were seen at shows. As bright, clean and crisp as one could ever hope for relative to an obsolete bank note. Obsoletes are simply not found today this well preserved and bearing eye appeal such as the note you see here. Believe me, the days of seeing obsoletes such as this one are disappearing at an alarming rate. Dead, solid, perfect trim. One horizontal fold prevents a gem grade. Crackling crisp, fresh and a note which would please the most discriminating collector. I by no means am attempting to overemphasize the rate at which choice obsoletes are disappearing. I merely state a fact which is readily observable at any major coin/paper money show. Irregardless, a wonderful piece of American history and as nice as I've seen in a long, long time.

CHOICE

    AU

 $395  

Reverse

   LA  $ 1.50

New Orleans, Jackson & Great

Northern RR Co.

        UNL

New Orleans-1861

 

PCGS AU 58 PPQ

Serial # 10533. Printed date of November 16, 1861. Central vignette of locomotive rounding curve. Minerva providing water from goblet to eagle at lower right. Plain back. Imprint: "Douglas Engd N. Orleans". A splendid example of this extremely odd denomination note. While notes in the denomination of $6, $7, $8 or $9 were not extremely uncommon 150 years ago; the odd denomination of this note most certainly is. The PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) designation is very seldom encountered upon any obsolete note; especially an example utilizing plain white wood or rag type paper such as this piece. As clean as they come and a classic illustration of why a well trimmed, bright, clean AU 58 is more desirable to many than a note graded New 62 which may well be trimmed into the margin in several places. Getting quite tough to locate this nice and a very desirable odd denomination note.

PCGS

AU 58

PPQ

Premium

Paper

Quality

 $275  

Reverse

   LA/TX  $  1

R.W. Rogers-Payable at Jordan's

Saline, TX

 

 Shreveport

 

  LA-UNL

 TX-Medlar 1

 

  Choice 2 State

   Tie Note

 

 

 

 PCGS Extremely

  Fine  40

 

 

 

 

 

 Payable in CSA $$

Serial # 40. Dated at Shreveport, LA July 7, 1862. Extremely scarce and high grade, bearing a low two digit serial number. At this point, I would like to quote from my good friend Bruce Hagen with regard to his research and interpretation relative to this note. " An unusual tie note, similar to the Lewis Moody New Orleans tie notes, collected more often with Texas and listed in the Bob Medlar Texas SPMC published volume. It is printed on thin, translucent white paper and certainly was printed in Louisiana. Rodgers, a Missouri native, was a Confederate colonel at the outbreak of the war. The Trans-Mississippi Department was in need of salt, to preserve meat and for other purposes, and Rodgers was ordered to Jordan's Saline, in Van Zandt County to re-open the salt works. The operation was successful, and Rodgers remained there until the end of the war. The denomination die is at top center over the bolder written denomination and obligations across; and the tie language is in italics at the bottom. Fancy oval cartouche ends show a train at left and steamboat at right, both perpendicular on the face. This has a blue vignetted back with a steamboat on the river flanked by "1" protectors. Fully signed and issued. Wide margins are at the sides. A high-grade example, and very scarce". Bruce's analysis is much better than I could offer. Payable in Confederate notes. Exceptional quality and simply incredible history. A true prize if there ever was one.

PCGS Extremely

Fine 40

 $695  

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   LA  25 Cents

    Town of Clinton

          UNL

 

 September 1, 1862

 

 

 

 PCGS Very Fine 20

     Apparent

Serial # 720. Printed date of September 1, 1862. A far above average example from this Central Louisiana location and quite scarce. In most instances; encountered a complete, unreadable, torn, tattered mess. Payable in Confederate Treasury Notes at Clinton. Clinton, the parish seat of East Feliciana Parish lies and is bordered by the State of Mississippi. The grading service holder mentions ''Small Edge Splits"; however what I see are a few edge dings along the very outside of the note. None come close to penetrating the body or design of the note nor are they the leading into a tear; as there are no tears. Consequently; I am at a total loss as to why these are deemed "small edge splits". They aren't. If you look at many notes from the Civil War era (much less a LA parish, Town or City note of the era) and do not frequently see a note with an edge ding, something is amiss. Perhaps the grader could think of nothing else to call the few extremely tiny edge dings. Irregardless, a wonderful piece of American history and extremely well preserved. When one gives the matter some thought, it is truly amazing that this piece survived at all for the last 155 years. Becoming next to impossible to locate and very highly sought after.

PCGS Very Fine 20

 

Apparent?

 $350  

Reverse

  LA  50 Cents

E. O. MELANCON

  Napoleonville

 

        UNL

 

  February 4, 1862

 

 

 

 

   Extremely Rare

 

 

 

    CSA FLAG

 

 

 

 

PCGS Very Fine 30

         PPQ

Serial # 159. Printed date of February 4, 1862. Confederate flag in center. Justice to far right. Plain back. Simply an incredible miracle of survival from this tiny village located in Assumption Parish. Napoleonville is the parish seat of Assumption parish and is comprised of only 0.2 square miles. Located in the southeastern portion of Louisiana and adjacent to the parishes of Iberville, Ascension, St. James, Iberia, Lafourche and Terrebone. The 2010 census lists the population of Napoleonville at 600 and it was less densely populated in 1862. The whole point is to emphasize what a true miracle of survival this wonderful piece of history is. Melancon was a merchant in Napoleonville, having had this piece printed in New Orleans. Incredibly rare and amazing well preserved. Southern notes bearing the actual Confederate flag are very, very rare. The piece offered here is the second Melancon note known and by far the finest. A note which simply reeks of Confederate history and as nice as one could ever hope to acquire. The PPQ (Premium Paper Quality) designation is very seldom seen upon any obsolete bank note; much less a piece such as this one. Much more bright and vivid than my old scanner can illustrate. How this rarity survived hurricanes, humidity, moisture, floods, critters and other threats for over 150 years is beyond me. If one is looking for a true rarity which simply exudes American history; this note is the one. Museum quality and excessively rare.

PCGS VF 30

     PPQ

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 

 

My

Grade:

Choice

Fine+

 $1450  

Reverse
Pic 2

    LA  $ 1

  Corporation of

  St. Martinsville

 

       UNL

 

 

 

  St. Martinsville

  March 5, 1862

 

 

      CSA $$$$

Serial # 284. Dated March 5, 1862. The parish seat of St. Martin parish; located eighteen miles Southeast of Lafayette and nine miles North of New Iberia. Considered the birthplace of Cajun culture, lying in the heart of Cajun country. An intriguing piece of Americana and simply superb; with the appearance of a Choice CU note. Printed upon very thin paper, this note does not carry a single blemish. No pinholes, bright, well inked and spotless. Payable in Confederate Notes at St. Martinsville. The signatures are not faded and clear. It is truly hard to believe that the note survived in this pristine condition given the nature of the paper utilized and the conditions it was exposed to over the last 150+ years. A true piece of American history if there ever was one.

CHOICE

Very Fine ++

 $240  

Reverse

    LA  $ 3

   Corporation of

     Natchitoches

 

        UNL

 

    Natchitoches

 

  April 16, 1862

 

 

 

 

 

 

  PCGS FINE 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Excessively Rare

Serial # 337. Dated April 16, 1862. The parish seat of Natchitoches Parish and settled in 1714. Located upon the Red River; Southeast of Shreveport and Northwest of Alexandria, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement contained within the entire area of the vast Louisiana Purchase. Printed upon thick, rather thin paper. Thought to be unique until a far inferior piece recently surfaced from the famous Eric C. Newman collection, which collection was begun in the 1930's. The Newman piece lacks the entire left design from the inner black line outward and is badly stained. However; Newman knew a great rarity when he saw it and did not hesitate to add the note to his world renowned collection. The exact piece offered here sold for slightly less than $1800 nearly 4 years ago; an eternity with regard to the availability and cost of Louisiana material. A true Louisiana rarity and only the second piece known. Incredibly, this note carries no "Apparent" designation; a rare sight indeed when one considers were and when the note was issued. With regard to a great rarity such as this; the word "Apparent" makes little difference to advanced collectors. One is extremely fortunate just to locate a piece such as this; much less an example which is problem free. To the right we see that the note is "Secured by Special Deposits of N. O. Bank Bills and Confederate Treasury Notes. I continue to observe the amazing upward spiral of rare Louisiana material of this era and most assuredly feel a piece of this rarity and significance will prove to be no exception to that pattern. Incredibly rare and totally problem free. A rare opportunity indeed.

PCGS

Fine 15

 $2350  

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Pic 2

  A FEW WORDS ABOUT LA PARISH NOTES.  Nearly all parish notes from the State of Louisiana are scarce. When found, they are most often encountered tattered, torn, holed, limp, repaired and very unattractive. These notes are each and every one; miracles of survival, having withstood the ravages of time, humidity, heat, hurricanes, critters and most anything that one can think of which is detrimental to a notes survival. Locating any example which grades a solid fine is indeed a scarce occurrence. In addition, I cannot think of a series of notes from an area of the United States that represents a move diverse, intriguing and fascinating history. Many parishes were under Spanish control for a good number of years. Subsequent to Spanish control; the French owned this area for many years and that French influence is quite evident today; many years after the Louisiana Purchase. These incredible notes are much, much more scarce than they are priced, thereby representing a much under appreciated and under valued area of collecting. Issued during the Civil War from various small towns in the swamps and bayous, many of these notes are payable in Confederate Treasury notes. With the fall of New Orleans early in the War; such notes are subsequently even more rare. I work very hard to acquire every single nice example of any parish note I can find. Believe me, this is no easy task, as there are far more collectors than there are notes. Locating a nice example is much, much more difficult than one can imagine; as I acquire only a tiny, tiny fraction of the notes I see, the rest being unsuitable for my tastes. As with all tough notes of this era; from whatever location, I see no change in the incredible upward trend in value these notes represent. If I am fortunate enough to locate a nice parish note, I pay double or triple what I did two to three years ago. It is the same trend I have now seen play out for 4 decades and I see no reason it will change now. I am unable to buy most parish notes due to the standards I wish to retain here; presenting only the very best. Some parish notes are much, much more rare than others; with perhaps less than three or four known of any denomination within that parish. There are parishes with no known notes. One does not necessarily look for beautiful trim and many other factors which do make a difference in other areas of collecting paper money. When it comes to a parish note; one is ahead of the game if it's all in one piece! Originality counts with all old paper currency; although perhaps more so here than in any other arena. Louisiana Parish MAP  $  


   LA  $20  Parish of Avovelles

        UNL

 

 

PCGS VERY FINE

         35

 

 

 Marksville, La

 

   Jan 25, 1863

 

 

     RARE

Serial # 270. Dated January 25, 1863 at Marksville,Louisiana. An incredible miracle of survival and a true Louisiana rarity. The parish of Avovelles was settled by Spanish and African Traders in the mid 1700's. Named after the Avoyel Native American Indian Tribe; the Parish of Avovelles was formed on March 31, 1807 from a portion of the Parish of Rapides, thereby making it one of the original 19 parishes in Louisiana. While many may not think the unqualified grade of VF-35 is remarkable; you may rest assured it is indeed a lofty grade for any parish note...especially given this piece's rarity. Overprinted in green ink; the note is vividly signed by the parish Treasurer to the lower left and the President of the Police Jury to the lower right. Both the left and right, extreme top corners are present, though are ever so slightly folded over. The back appears to be a promissory note or bond acquired from New Orleans. During the Civil War, paper was extremely scarce at any location in the South, much less this far out in the bayou. Notes of this caliber and rarity are simply not available in this day and time. Demand for all parish notes is extremely high and availability is very, very low. I have observed several parish notes command over $5,000 of late and this piece bears the rarity and quality to be worthy of such a sum in a due course. Locating a note such as the piece offered here absent the word "Apparent" is indeed rare. No pinholes, margin chinks or other problems. The highest third party graded note from this very scarce parish I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a superb, seldom seen Louisiana rarity. I certainly do not know where one could locate another; especially of this caliber.                                

PCGS

 VF-35

 $995

 

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  $ 1

     Parish of

    Catahoula

       UNL

  Harrisonburg, La

 

 

    May 1862

 

  Superb Note

Serial # 1277. Printed date of May 25, 1862 at Harrisonburg, LA. Without reservation; one of, if not the best $1 Parish of Catahoula note I have ever seen, much less owned. The scan fails to convey just how thin but "sound" this note is. The few parish of Catahoula notes I have seen were  badly soiled, very dirty, holed and torn, thus possessing no eye appeal whatsoever. I have no idea how this example managed to avoid the same fate; however, it is indeed fortunate for the numismatic community. I have also seen presentable Catahoula parish notes move from the $300 range around 2 years back, to the $750-$800+ range presently. This trend will no doubt continue for quality notes such as this one. While no book has been written with regard to parish notes; I do see that someone long ago wrote P-272 on the back. Perhaps it was the old time collectors way of identifying the parish. Who knows. The best $1 parish of Louisiana note one will likely ever encounter.  VF/XF  $775  

Reverse

   LA  $ 2

     Parish of

    Catahoula

       UNL

 

  Harrisonburg, La

 

 

  May 1862

 

     

Serial # 692. Printed date of May 25, 1862 at Harrisonburg, LA. Bounded on the East by the Ouachita River and on the West by the parish of LaSalle; Catahoula parish is rich in Creole, Cajun, and French tradition. It is indeed a miracle that any piece of paper from such a place could survive for nearly 150 years. Printed upon paper as thin as one can imagine. Similar to what we know today as "rice" paper, using such fragile material as a medium of exchange makes little sense to us today. However; during the Civil War, any paper was rare. This piece is actually a very high grade note, considering where it was used. A tiny trimming miscue is noted at the lower right front. Parish notes are very seldom seen in the condition of some obsoletes or Confederate pieces...for obvious reasons. See "A Few Words About  LA Parish Notes" above. Some soling; although very tolerable and minimal for the issue. A scarce parish note and worthy of any collection. I have handled the higher $5 denomination Catahoula note before; however the much more utilized $2 and $1 denominations are a completely different story. Very few survived in collectible grades.  VF+  $675  

Reverse

    LA  $  2

     Parish of

    Catahoula

       UNL                                                          PCGS VERY FINE             25                   

Harrisonburg, LA      

 

 

   Different Design   Than Above Note 

 
Serial # 576. Dated October 1, 1862. Small "2" within medallion at top center. Strange, horned faces to left and right. No $2 to the right and left as seen on the note above. Other differences exist as well. This $2 denomination is also signed by a different Treasurer to the lower right. I cannot begin to over emphasize just how scarce low denomination Catahoula parish notes are in the condition you see here. As I am sure it is easy to imagine, the odds of survival in this state are extremely remote. When they were retired, (shortly after they were issued) there was no reason for anyone to save them and most were discarded. Those that were not discarded are nearly always seen torn, tattered, holed, stained and in simply miserable condition. In reality, akin to a Gem uncirculated 1794 large cent in so far as survival in this lofty grade. A true prize from a very tough parish.

PCGS VERY FINE

          25                 

 $625  

Reverse

   LA  $ 2

Parish of St. Charles

         UNL

   Hahnville, La

        1862

 

  PCGS Extremely

       Fine 40

Serial # 259. Dated April 7, 1862. A very high quality example of this tough Louisiana parish note. Located in the Southeastern portion of the State on the East bank of the Mississippi River. The parish of St. John the Baptist lies to the Northwest. Printed upon the back of a partial sheet of bank notes. Many St. Charles parish notes were printed upon the back of The Bank of Commerce notes of New Orleans, as may be seen with the $1 and 50 cent notes below. Locating any parish note this well preserved is indeed unusual. The collecting of Louisiana material by Parish has never been more popular than it is today. A quality piece which would fit well into any collection.

PCGS

Extremely

Fine 40

 $575  

Reverse

   LA  $ 1

Parish of St. Charles

         UNL

   Hahnville, La

        1862

       PCGS

  Choice New 63

Serial # 394. Dated April 7, 1862. An incredible example of this very scarce Louisiana piece. While there are a very limited number of Parish notes which may be found in high grade; such as Concordia or Iberville, the Parish of St. Charles is not one of them. Notes from this parish are by no means comparable to some of the more so called "common" parish notes. The only parish note of any rarity I have ever seen graded uncirculated. The blue tint seen on the front is actually the back design of a partial sheet of $5 Bank of Commerce notes. The Bank of Commerce notes bore a blue design upon the back and this parish of St. Charles note was simply printed upon the top of that. Likely the very best Louisiana parish note one will ever encounter. A true miracle of survival and extremely rare as such. It would most likely be an impossibility to locate another remotely close to this pristine example.

PCGS

CHOICE

NEW 63

 $1200  

Reverse

   LA  50 Cents

Parish of St.       Charles 

         UNL

 

   Hahnville, La

        1862

 

 

PCGS Very Fine 30

Serial # 162. Dated April 7, 1862. Bright, with vivid signatures for the Treasurer and President of the Police Jury (lower right). Not one single pinhole is present upon this amazingly clean, small denomination note. A small chink located outside the frame line is noted on the right side; although not called out by PMG; being of no real significance. Printed upon the back of a partial sheet of Bank of Commerce notes, which consists of a $10 and $20 note. This presents an interesting depiction upon the St Charles note; as the blue back of the Bank of Commerce notes displays a "10" and a "20" on the front. At first glance, it would appear that we have a "30 Cent" note! A most interesting printing "accident" and quite indicative of the need to recycle paper or obtain it where ever possible in the South during the Civil War. A scarce denomination coupled with being a scarce parish note. This type of material is being absorbed by collectors at an unparalleled rate...and for good reason. A very high quality piece of Americana and quite desirable as such.

PMG

Very Fine 30

 $575  

Reverse

  LA  $20

 

    Parish of   

  Concordia

       UNL

  Vidalia, La

 

       1862

Serial # 261. A very colorful note created by Blanton Duncan; the Richmond based Dentist who engraved and printed several notes for the Confederate States of America. This note was printed at Columbia, SC. Once rather plentiful, this note, as with all material such as the notes listed here are becoming near impossible to find. A beauty with just a touch of handling. A quite expensive note to produce in it's day; as the more color you had, the more scarce ink you used.    AU  $175      

   SOLD

 

Reverse

    LA  50 Cents    Parish of

    Iberville

    UNLISTED

 

   Plaquemine, La

 

 

 PAY CSA $$$$

 

 

   April 15, 1862

Serial # 5891. Printed date of April 15, 1862. A very appealing example of this still affordable parish note. I am quite sure that those who placed the date upon this note had no idea just how much enthusiasm and joy this day (tax day) would bring collectors today! Very well inked, possessing superb clarity and contrast. Exceptionally bold, vivid signatures and serial number. I can think of no other area within the collecting arena of obsolete notes that collector interest seems to be increasing at the same, rapid rate as Louisiana parish notes. Many parish notes are now in the five figure range upon the rare occasion they show up; making this parish one of the more affordable....for now. Payable in Confederate Notes at Plaquemine, LA. A rather neat, light leather stain may be seen at the back. You may rest assured that such issues do not diminish the value or desirability of the note. If anything; the fact that this piece was folded and carried in someone's wallet in and around Plaquemine, LA during the Civil War over 150 years ago adds to it's appeal. A Louisiana parish note that would be a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Very Fine+  $165  

Reverse

   LA  50 Cents     Parish of

    Iberville

    UNLISTED

 

   Plaquemine, La

 

 

  January 20, 1862

Serial # 73.  Dated in red ink January 20, 1862. An immaculate example of this historic note issued in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Perfect trim, bold, bright and vivid. Historic and beautiful; Plaquemine, which was settled in 1775 is located at the junction of Bayou Plaquemine and the Mississippi River. It's 2010 census population was 7119. A splendid piece of American history and grade wise; far above that usually encountered. A few non distracting, very tiny pinholes are mentioned for accuracies sake. They do no harm. Superb eye appeal and as crisp as the day it was printed, some 155 years ago. When one considers the fact that this area consists mostly of swampland and some very fertile farmland, it is near impossible to believe the note survived the ravages of time so well.

CHOICE

EXTREMELY

FINE

 $195  

Reverse

    LA 50 Cents     Parish of

    Iberville

    UNLISTED

PCGS Very Fine 25 

   Plaquemine, La

January 20, 1862

 

 Subtle Differences

   in Above Note

Serial # 1996. Red ink Date of January 20, 1862. At first glance, this note and the serial number 73 note of the same denomination listed above appear to be the same. However, closer examination revels several differences. While I will not set all out here, I find it intriguing that different plates were used in the production of this 50 cent denomination piece emanating from the same parish. To mention just a few of the differences; "50 Cents" on the front is in parenthesis while upon the note above "50 cents" is within brackets. The font or lettering is somewhat smaller as well. The left back is completely different. There exist other differences as well. Simply a wonderful way to collect these fascinating parish notes. A superb piece from the famous Eric P. Newman collection. Located near Baton Rouge, the location of the parish is shown in pic 2.

PCGS Very

 Fine 25

 $175  

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  25 Cents      Parish of

    Iberville

     UNLISTED

 Gorgeous Note

 

 INVERTED BACK

 

 

   Plaquemine, La

  January 20, 1862

Serial # 1477. Full red ink date of January 20, 1862. Two paddle wheelers at top. "TWENTY FIVE CENTS" and "25 CENTS" in panels, left and right. Quite intricate "TWENTY-FIVE", "Parish of Iberville" and geometric design on back. Very irregular for a locally printed parish piece. Although the design is most unusual and advanced for any parish note, it seems the printers managed to print the back design upside down. The scans show the note exactly as it is, with the inverted back. As clean and bright as one is ever likely to encounter a parish note. A very small number "50" is noted at the upper left top. In all probability, this was the price of the piece at one point in time and affects nothing. PCGS no longer takes old prices or type numbers into account when grading old obsolete notes; while PMG still retains this arcane practice. With much difficulty, I can detect only the slightest, very light fold at the lower right. Simply an incredible piece bearing superb eye appeal and a true miracle of survival.

CHOICE AU+

 $195  

Reverse

  LA  50 Cents

   Parish of St.   

    Landry              

    UNL

   July 19, 1862

   Opelousas

  Pay CSA $$$

                                                      

Serial # 32262. Blue, red lined paper with printed date of July 19, 1862. The Parish seat of St. Landry was Opelousas and likely where this piece emanated. A gorgeous fifty cent note from the very heart of Cajun and Creole country in Louisiana. This specific area was established by the French in 1720 and ceded to Spain in 1762. Reacquired by the French some years later; the parish became part of the United states in 1803 via the Louisiana Purchase. Totally problem free and simply an amazing piece of American history. Thick paper with superb clarity and contrast. Completely original. XF/AU

  SOLD

 

Reverse

    LA  $  1

  Parish of St.   

    Landry              

    UNL

   July 19, 1862

  

   Opelousas

  Pay CSA $$$

Serial # 18361. Printed date of July 19, 1862. Blue lined paper. One of the most attractive parish of St. Laundry notes one could ever hope to see. I find it amazing that this piece survived to this day in such a clean, bright state. Printed upon thick paper and much, much more difficult to locate this nice than many would think. While currently affordable, notes such as this do not "grow on trees" and are most often found with major problems. The day will soon be upon us when such treasures are simply not available. Payable in "Confederate States Notes". Truly hard to imagine a better example of this very low denomination piece. Many would grade this note CU or at least AU. Even though the note has this appearance; extremely close examination reveals two very faint folds....which are irrelevant in my humble opinion.

  CHOICE

EXTREMELY

     FINE

 $195  

Reverse

   LA  $ 2

   Parish of St.   

    Landry      

      UNL

   July 19, 1862      

    Opelousas      

Serial # 4026. Printed date of July 19, 1862. Printed upon thin, "onion skin" like paper. The front has come into contact with something blue; however this does not come through to the other side. It is indeed a miracle that any of these survived and the slight discoloration does little to affect the quality and desirability of this vanishing note. We will soon see these become unavailable. Crackling crisp and near CU.

Extremely Fine

 

Mkt

Grade:

AU-55

 $175  

Reverse

  LA   $ 5

Parish of St. Martin

        UNL

 St. Martinsville

 

 

April 1st, 1862

    CSA $$$

Serial # 913. Red "FIVE" protector on thicker tan paper. Printed date of April 1st, 1862. Green "Bonds of the Parish of St. Martin" with "5" on back.  A very attractive piece from this most historic location situate only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly leveled by hurricane Katrina in 2005. At upper center of front is the 2 year Ratification clause; sometimes found on Confederate Treasury notes. "TWO YEARS After the Ratification of a Treaty of Peace between the Confederate States and United states". A choice piece with only a minor "bump" at the upper left front. Far above average trim. These used to be available in the "ancient" days of the 80's; however, such is not the case now.  XF+  $295  

Reverse

   LA 25 Cents

  Parish of St. Mary

 

       UNL

 

      Franklin, LA

 

 

 August 13, 1862

 

 

 

    CSA $$$$

 

 

  Superb Note

Serial # 7090. Dated August 13, 1862. Large numerical "25" top center. Imprint: "White & Son, Printers, Franklin, La.". Plain back. As well preserved as I have ever encountered this most desirable parish note. Located upon in SW Louisiana (see pic 2), the parish was subject to massive destruction by hurricane Audrey which struck on June 27, 1957. This remains the 7th deadliest hurricane to strike the U.S. to this day. How such notes survived such massive storms is beyond me. Humidity, critters, the swamp and a host of other scenarios were working against this piece's survival. Irregardless, issued at Franklin, La., the parish seat. With very good light, the very faintest of corner folds is noted at the lower right corner from the back. Two contemporary ink spots are noted for accuracies sake and affect nothing. Crisp, legible and fresh. Payable in Confederate Notes and as nice as they come. Notes of this caliber were seen on occasion; however, no longer. Simply magnificent and pure Americana at it's finest.

CHOICE

     AU

 

 

 

 

 

Mkt

Grade:

AU 58

 $375  

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  $ 5

       Parish of   

    Natchitoches               

        UNL       

  Aug. 12, 1862         

Natchitoches, LA    

  PMG CHOICE

     FINE 15

 

Excessively Rare                 

Serial # 2840. Partial brown ink date of August 12, 1862. Incredibly rare. One of the original 12 parishes created by legislation enacted on April 10, 1805; the parish has since diminished in size by the creation of other parishes. Eleven addition parishes were created from the parish of Natchitoches; Caddo, Claiborne, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Bienville, Jackson, Red River, Sabine, Winn and Grant. A solid, sound note bearing no problems. From the front, one can see that a tiny portion of the top, right corner is folded over. One of the few notes I have ever seen from this parish over a span of 4 decades. Not stained, soiled, torn or plagued with problems as Louisiana parish notes usually are. I have seen notes of the exact quality of this one in VF-25 to VF-30 grading service holders. Very clean and much more bright than the scan appears. Amazingly free of those issues most always encountered at this grade. I certainly know of no where to find another from this parish; of any denomination. A rare opportunity indeed.

PMG

CHOICE

FINE 15

 $1375  

Reverse
Pic 2

    LA  $  5

     Parish of

      Rapides             

 

         UNL               

 

    Alexandria, LA    

 

 

 

    HUGE NOTE    

 

 

    

   Scarce Format 

 

 

 

 

    

 

  February 8, 1862   

Serial # 8702. Printed date of February 8, 1862. "State of Louisiana" center top. Locomotive rounding corner in center. Bright red "FIVE DOLLARS" overprint. Duly signed by the parish Clerk and President of the Police Jury of Rapides parish. Issued at Alexandria, the parish seat. Plain back. Printed upon what I do believe is the most thin paper I have ever seen. While many parish notes of Louisiana are printed upon thin paper, I do not believe any are this thin. Further, all other Louisiana parish notes are much smaller than this piece. The note here offered is huge. Nearly an inch longer than any CSA Treasury note. There are some locations upon the note wherein the frame line is missing. Some are due to trim and some are due to the fact that the black, printed line abruptly stops. Not one single pinhole and only one extremely faint vertical "bend" near the right end from the back. This bend does not break the paper and can not be seen with the naked eye. It is simply incredible that a piece this large and thin survives in this state of preservation today. The parish of Rapides is located almost dead center in the State of Louisiana (see pic 2). In the Spring of 1863, Rapides parish was occupied by Union forces. On May 13, 1864, Union forces decided to abandon the parish and the city of Alexandria was burned to the ground. Today, this is known as "The Red River Campaign". While a fairly common parish note in small size; it is scarce and quite rare in the very large size offered here. No ink bleed or burn and simply amazing. I sincerely doubt a comparable example of this large size parish note exists.  AU+  $395  

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  $ 3

Parish of St. John

    the  Baptist

         UNL

 

 

 

    Edgard, LA

 

 

 

 

March 31, 1862

Serial # 602. Red "THREE" protector with central vignette of maid seated with farm implements. Incredibly popular vignette of Brigadier General P. T. Beauregard to left. Printed upon the back of a New Orleans bond. Bright, vivid and totally problem free. These notes seem to have vanished from the face of the earth; as they were seen with some frequency a few years ago. This parish was one of the original 19 parishes that comprised the Territory of Orleans which later became the State of Louisiana. Now part of the New Orleans, Metarie and Kenner Metropolitan area; with the largest city in the parish being Edgard. Crippled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Split in half by the Mississippi River; the parish lies 130 miles above the Gulf of Mexico. Always a very popular parish note; appealing to non Louisiana collectors as well. Rock solid, with not one single pinhole and superb trim.* After this note was listed here, a group of $3 Parish of Saint John the Baptist notes was discovered. This occurs on rare occasion and the price set out is less than my cost.  VF/XF  $575

 

 

Reverse

    LA  50 Cents

Parish of St. John

    the  Baptist

         UNL

 

 

 

    Edgard, LA

 

 

 

 

      SCARCE

 DENOMINATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 25, 1862

Serial # 220. Dated March 25, 1862. Central vignette of semi-old style locomotive rounding corner. "50" to right and left of vignette. Red "FIFTY 50 CENTS" overprint. Printed on the back of City of New Orleans bonds. An immaculate example of this much scarcer, lower denomination issue for the Parish of Saint John the Baptist. The $3 and $1 issue from this parish are seen with some degree of regularity; however, the same cannot be said of this low denomination "change" note. Bright, fresh and clean. The note faces up uncirculated, although is not. Yet another reason to always view a reverse scan of any note you are considering acquiring on the internet or otherwise. The black line seen at the lower right reverse is contemporary print showing through. It appears that while printing the front of the note, a small piece of very thin string or the like was lodged in the front plate, thus creating an "errant squiggly line". The ink is the exact same color as the print on the face and only serves to add to this notes desirability in my humble opinion. I have looked at it very, very closely and there is no doubt that it is contemporary and was created when the front of the note was printed. It could also have been created by a very small hairline crack in the printing plate which allowed ink to flow where it was not intended to flow. I make far to much of this; however, non distracting printing "flaws" found upon notes of this era intrigue me. It is by no means a tear and I guarantee this errant "print" was done during the printing the face of the note and is contemporary. Absolutely amazing trim and fully framed. Incredible eye appeal. They just don't come any better than this. Very well inked with superb clarity and contrast. The very best example of this rare low denomination note I have had the pleasure of offering.

CHOICE

VERY FINE++

 $595  

Reverse

   LA  $ 3

    Parish of St

      Tammany

        UNL

 

 

  July 17, 1862

 

 

  Covington, LA

 

 

  PCGS VF 25

Serial # 1365. Red "THREE" protector. Vignette of Justice (blindfolded) and maiden with a harp to left. Plain back.  An exceedingly rare, odd denomination parish note. Bordered on the North by Washington Parish and the South by Parish of St. John the Baptist and containing much of Lake Pontchartrain at the Southern portion of the parish. At 9:45 AM, CST August 29, 2005 the Western eye wall of Hurricane Katrina made landfall in St. Tammany parish. We all know the devastation caused by this hurricane; however, consider how many times this area has been hit (directly or indirectly) since this note was printed in 1862. How could any piece of paper such as this note survive these prior storms of 100 years ago or less? Thus; another reason these notes are indeed miracles of survival. Superb eye appeal and housed in a PCGS holder with no "Apparent" (negative) comments. Believe me; the number of Louisiana parish notes which could be housed in a Grading Service holder without some sort of "Apparent" designation are extremely scarce. A very rare parish note and sure to please. Again, the first nice St. Tammany I've encountered in a long time, as these notes are simply not available without problems. Available notes are quickly acquired by collectors who are well aware of just how scarce they are and their lack of availability in the future.

 PCGS

  VF 25

 $675  

Reverse
Pic 2

   LA  $  5

  Parish of Tensas     

         UNL                   

 

 

 

PCGS Very Fine 25

 

   St. Joseph, LA       

 

 

 

 

 

    April 4, 1862            

Serial # 1556. Handwritten plate "G". Dated April 4, 1862. Central vignette of woman seated. Three masted sailing ship to right. Woman seated in front of Indian to left. Red "5" and "FIVE DOLLARS" in center. Plain back. Superb eye appeal. Tensas parish has always been an extremely scarce Louisiana parish note. Of late, a few have surfaced (10-15) which had problems, as 99% of these do. I have observed this phenomena with other notes from other states. Baby boomers hit the age wherein it is time to sell and we see a few "semi-collectible" examples hit the market. These are soon absorbed and the note in question completely disappears, being as rare or more rare than ever....as demand increases. Currently, I observe this over and over again. Tensas parish is located in the Northeastern portion of Louisiana, with the Mississippi River as it's eastern boundary. The second largest cotton producing parish in the State during the Civil War. To see a Tensas parish note in the state of preservation you see here is nothing short of amazing. As previously stated, parish notes did not survive to the same degree as did Confederate Treasury Notes or other obsoletes....for obvious reasons. Harsh weather, humidity, hurricanes, dampness, varmints and all manner of adverse circumstances prevented it. The opportunity to acquire a note from Tensas parish in a PCGS grading service hold bearing no negative comments is indeed rare. A note which volumes could be written about. Rare this choice.

PCGS VERY FINE

         25                   

 

 

 

 

 

  Comment Free

 $595  

Reverse
Pic 2

    LA  $  5

  Parish of Tensas     

         UNL                   

 

 

PCGS Very Fine 20

 St. Joseph, LA       

    April 4, 1862

Serial # 842. Dated April 4, 1862. Brown ink plate "G". Same vignettes as above. Another splendid example of this very scarce Louisiana parish note, bearing no negative qualifiers whatsoever assigned by the grading service. Locating any parish note without some sort of "Apparent" or "Net" qualifier is a very rare occurrence; as most all have at least some sort of edge split, ink erosion or other minor "issue". Clean, bright and just about as nice as one will ever locate. Louisiana parish notes did not survive above the grade of fine for the most part; although there are limited exceptions to this rule. One may on occasion locate a parish of Concordia, New Iberville and one or two others in higher grade. However; such is far from the case when it comes to the Parish of Tensas; especially an unimpaired example.

PCGS VERY FINE

         20                   

 

 

 

   Comment Free

 $550  

Reverse

    LA  $  4

  Parish of Tensas     

         UNL                   

 

 

    PCGS FINE 15    

 

 Serial Number

 

 

  St. Joseph, LA

 

 

 

  April 15, 1862

Serial # 4 ! Dated April 15, 1862. Brown ink plate "F". The first time in the last 25 years that I have been in a position to offer four Tensas parish notes at the same time. I am fortunate to possess one every two or three years, no matter what the denomination. The $4 note is a very odd denomination for any Louisiana note and it is extremely difficult to locate a $4 parish note from any parish in Louisiana. The vast majority of Louisiana parishes did not produce a $4 denomination note thereby rendering this scare piece from Tensas parish one of the very few opportunities to acquire the denomination from anywhere in the State. The opportunity to acquire any denomination from Tensas parish free of any "comments" is indeed rare. In reality, very good red color for the issue, superb trim and excellent eye appeal. It is most difficult to convey just how scarce the piece here offered truly is. If someone were to offer me a million dollars to "pick up another comment free $4 from Tensas parish"; I couldn't do it. An incredibly rare parish note with more positive attributes than may be discussed here. The key word here is "opportunity".

  PCGS FINE 15     

 

 

   Comment Free   

 

 

SERIAL NUMBER

 

           4

 $675  

Reverse
Pic 2

    LA  $  3

  Parish of Tensas     

         UNL                   

 

 

 PCGS VERY FINE          20                    

  

 

 

   St. Joseph, LA      

 

 

 

  June 27, 1862                

Serial # 1188. Manuscript dated June 27, 1862. Handwritten plate "E". Amazingly, another "comment free" low denomination note from Tensas parish. Superb eye appeal and very well trimmed. By far, the vast majority of these will bear some sort of comment, such as "soiling", "edge tears", "restoration" or the like. When one thinks about it, it is next to impossible for these notes to have survived at all, much less without some sort of minor issue. Here offered is the ever popular $3 denomination. The $3 note is popular from Maine to Florida and to locate an example from the parish of Tensas is a true feat. If you seek rarity and quality, herein lies the opportunity to acquire it. Notes such as this will not remain available for as "long as we want them to". Over the last 4+ decades, I have seen far too many notes which I thought would be available ad infinitum disappear. This lovely piece will be no exception.

PCGS VERY FINE

           20                 

 

 

 

 Comment Free

 $650  

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