Inventory - Miscellaneous Obsoletes and Southern States - South Carolina:
 

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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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SC      SOUTH CAROLINA
   SC  $ 50

   State of South

       Carolina

 

    CR-8 SH 15

 

 

 

 

 

PCGS Gem New 66

        PPQ

Serial # 1926. Plate "B". Dated March 2, 1872. Portrait of George Washington within oval in center. Man with cotton to right and horse and wagon to left. Green printed back. While a rather common note at present, the available supply of notes available in this lofty grade are disappearing at an amazingly rapid rate. this. Housed in a Gem New 66; PPQ grading service holder and cut from unissued sheets. While the supply of uncut sheets is at this time more than ample; Locating a note from an uncut sheet in this grade is not as easy as one might think. Even today, sheets are carried to shows by dealers, handled, packed for shows, etc.. The point being that merely because a note is from an uncut sheet far from any means makes it likely that the note will grade this high. Too much can go wrong or previously has in the last 147 years. These notes were issued by the State to replace older bond issues in order to retire the debt the State owed on the Blue Ridge Railroad Company. Simply astonishing beauty and the highlight of the lost engravers art.

PCGS

GEM

NEW 66

PPQ

  $285

 

Reverse

    SC  $  5

   State of South

       Carolina

 

    CR-5 SH 12

 

  Sweet Potato

       Dinner

 

 

 

PCGS Gem New

       66 PPQ

Serial # 992. Plate "B". Engraved date of March 2, 1872. Plate "B". Central vignette of the famous "Sweet Potato Dinner". In reality, the vignette depicts General Francis Marion offering a dinner of sweet potatoes to British officer Sir Banistree Tarleton in the swamps during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Sumter in oval to lower left and William Moultrie to lower right. Ornate green back. Simply a breathtaking piece and thankfully, not rare. Then again, not common housed within a PCGS Gem New 66 holder either. The amazing vignettes beautifully bring history and the faces that go with it to life. We know the significance of Fort Sumter; as well as Fort Moultrie. Herein are the faces to go with these famous SC forts. A true work of art if there ever was one and an incredible example representing the talent utilized and quality notes printed and engraved by the American Bank Note Company.

PCGS

GEM

NEW 66

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 $295

 

Reverse
Pic 2

    SC  25 Cents

Bank of the State of

  South Carolina

 

     SH-478

 

 

     As good as

   this issue gets.

No serial #. Dated July 1, 1861. Central vignette of gamecock and somewhat similar to the SH-467 or 1823 twenty five cent version from the same bank. Sheheen lists this note as being printed upon the back of old notes; however, the pristine example offered here is printed upon the back of an older bond. In reality, any note from the Bank of the State of SC could be considered a State issue. The bank was owned in it's entirety by the State of South Carolina and it was the only Bank in the State allowed to issue notes under the denomination of $5.00. Those who collect the State of South Carolina readily realize how rare the 1861 small denomination issues are above the grade of very good to fine. Not to be confused with the 1862 issues, which are plentiful and very similar in appearance. The note offered here is as good as it gets and represents the very best seen in recent years. The 1861 small denomination issues were utilized extensively in commerce and very, very few survive today in an appealing, collectable state of preservation. An amazing piece, with no problems whatsoever and superb eye appeal. Rare.

Choice

Almost

Uncirculated

 $295  

Reverse

   SC  $ 20   Bank of Charleston

       SH-79

    Charleston

    April, 1858

 

PMG CHOICE

   FINE 15

 

  SCARCE NOTE

Serial # 16. Dated April 1, 1858. Central vignette of Ceres and Commerce seated. George Washington in oval to left and Indian maiden to far right. Light red "20", "TWENTY" design on back. Very low, two digit serial number of 16. Interestingly, the note of this type plated in Mr. Austin M. Sheheen's superb book, "South Carolina Obsolete Notes and Scrip" is serial number 100. Graded Choice Fine 15 by PMG when I acquired the note; cut out of it's PMG holder with the PMG label in the Mylar sleeve. Obviously; the grading service label is included with the note. Excellent eye appeal coupled with choice color, clarity and contrast. These notes have never been common. Even in the "long ago" days of the 1980's, this issue was difficult to locate; especially bearing the eye appeal and lack of problems of this example. Two tiny, tiny pinholes are mentioned for accuracies sake. No problems are noted upon the grading service holder label and I suspect that this is a note graded some time ago by PMG. I would also speculate that the note would be graded VF-20 in today's environment. Signed by the Assistant Cashier C.L. Edwards; as most I've seen are. No ink bleed or burn at the flamboyant signature of J. K. Saas as President to the lower right. The red design on the back wore away rapidly aided by the slightest bit of circulation. All in all; far above average for the grade and an extremely difficult note to locate in this day and time. A prime opportunity to acquire a very scarce South Carolina obsolete.

PMG

Choice

Fine 15

 

My Grade:

Choice

Fine+

 $675  

Reverse
Pic 2

   SC  $ 5   Bank of Charleston

       SH-51

    Charleston

    April, 1858

 

 

 

 

  The Famed CSA

INDIAN PRINCESS

      PLATE

 

Serial # 94. Dated January 1, 1858. Central vignette of Hope seated. Indian Princess to right and Indian Chief to left. Pink overprint. Plain back. Simply a magnificent example of this rare issue which emanated from the only Bank in the State of South Carolina which survived the Civil War. Excessively scarce. This is the very plate provided to the Confederacy which was used by Hoyer and Ludwig to print the fabled CSA T-35 or Indian Princess. Obviously, some easy changes were made to the design; although one can readily determine that this is THE plate. The entire right side of the note here offered is the same as the CSA Princess; including the lower right "5" medallion and a wonderful depiction of the Princess and surrounding tree, bushes, etc.. Further, the upper left design is the same as the Indian Princess note, which includes the upper left "5" medallion and it's surrounding design. Perhaps most importantly, the very small letters "FIVE DOLLARS" which surround the entire note (FIVE DOLLARS, FIVE DOLLARS, FIVE DOLLARS, etc) are exactly the same as those found on the Princess and obviously from this very plate. One of the first things I have always done when examining a CSA Indian Princess for the first time is to use a good magnifier and look at many printings of "FIVE DOLLARS". I do this first, in order to check for margin repairs, which are so frequently found on the T-35. As may be observed here; the letters "FIVE DOLLARS", "FIVE DOLLARS", etc.. are uninterrupted and not disturbed. Most T-35's will lack these numbers in many areas along any margin or a feeble attempt to redraw them has been made. This was necessary to make margin chink and tear repairs. Alas, I get sidetracked as is so easy to do when discussing a note of this magnitude. Eye appeal beyond description and totally problem free. Not one, single, solitary pinhole. The pink tint is exactly as it should be and the note is exceptionally clean and bright. Easily a PMG or PCGS VF-20 or better. The small "dot" or bluish looking mark seen in the front scan, just at the middle, right center above the anchor and in the center of the lower right cotton bale is not on the note. It is a piece of dust or lint which shows up in the scan...not the note itself. Scans are unable to do a note like this justice; as the note looks much better when viewing it in person than in these scans. An incredibly rare and historic note, the likes of which are very seldom encountered in Numismatics. We will one day jokingly laugh at how low price of this note is now...just as we have with so many others throughout the years. An amazing opportunity. I certainly do not know where another example could be found.

CHOICE

 FINE+

 

Market

Grade:

VF-25

 SOLD  

Reverse
Pic 2

   SC  $100

State Bank of SC

       SH-455

 

     SCARCE

 

   Charleston

  January 8, 1859

   PCGS VF 25

Serial # 843. Dated January 8, 1859. Central vignette of Ceres standing. George Washington to far left. Cupid holding "100" at upper right. Plain back. Printed upon brownish tinted paper. Unknown "K" stamp in red to right. While some lower denomination notes upon this bank are frequently seen, high denomination notes from this bank have always been scarce. In this day and time, a collectible example is rarely encountered. Chartered in 1801, the bank held a sterling reputation, resulting in ready acceptance by the public and consequent heavy circulation and use. In other words, it was trusted as being financially sound by the populace and the notes accepted far and wide. As the Union viewed Charleston as the place "where it all began"; the city was demolished and heavily punished at the close of the Civil War. Perhaps this has some relevance on the scarcity of this issue today. Graded Very Fine 25 by PCGS, I think the note more along the line of Choice Fine. About as nice as these come; provided one is fortunate enough to locate an example. No pinholes or other problems. A most desirable obsolete bank note and the type of note one cannot go wrong with. Pure Americana.

PCGS

Very Fine 25

My Grade:

Ch Fine

 $695  

Reverse

    SC  $ 50

State Bank of SC

       SH-450

 

    

    High grade

     For Issue

 

   Charleston

    March 4, 1859

 

    Very Scarce

Serial # 537. Dated March 4, 1859. Central vignette of shield with cotton plants. Indian family to left of shield and woman with young children to right. Roman Senator to lower left. Steamboat in small oval at lower right. Large "FIFTY" in white. Brown-tan overprint. Ornate "50", "L" "STATE BANK CHARLESTON, SC" overprint upon back. American Bank Note Company monogram at far right, just below and to the right of the date. Simply a beautiful design and resulting obsolete bank note. Without question, the best SH-450 I have ever had the occasion to gaze upon. Graded Extremely Fine+ when I recently acquired it. Not XF; although a solid note and as crisp as a Choice CU piece. Exceptional trim, superb color, problem free and as nice as one could ever hope to see this issue. Obsolete bank notes of this rarity and quality are extremely scarce and rapidly becoming near impossible to locate. Most obsoletes from the State of South Carolina are rare, save for a very few types which we see on quite a regular basis. This issue is certainly not seen upon a regular basis and presents an opportunity to acquire one of the most appealing and desirable obsolete bank notes from the State. A gorgeous bright, vivid note bearing incredible clarity and contrast. "Pic 2" allows us to see just how thin the paper is which this note is printed upon. No ink bleed or burn. Amazing eye appeal and as stated, totally problem free.

Choice

Very Fine

 $750  

Reverse
Pic 2

    SC  $ 20

     Bank of

 South Carolina

 

   SH-381

 

 

 

 

 

CSA T-29 Vignette

 

 

 

Scarce Red "PAID"

       Stamp

 

 

 

    Charleston

February 25, 1857

Serial # 431. Dated February 25, 1857. Central vignette of Justice and Commerce seated between shield bearing a palmetto tree. Slave picking cotton to lower left and unknown male portrait at lower right. Light red "TWENTY" overprint. Plain back. Printed upon thin bank note paper. Most unusual and scarce red stamp indicating the note was paid at 28%. Not to be confused with the much more common Bank of the State of South Carolina $20 note. The note here offered is many multiples more scarce than that issue. Many of the Bank of the State of SC notes bear a black stamp indicating the note was paid after the Civil War. This was due to the fact that the United States Supreme Court ruled that those notes were backed by the full faith and credit of the State of South Carolina. Not so with this bank; as it was not backed by the State and this "Paid" stamp represents an entirely different scenario. Very crisp and possessing as much "pop" as a CU note; I seriously doubt that this note saw as much actual circulation as it appears. Cut tight at the left, although clean and bright. Excellent clarity, eye appeal and lacking a single pinhole. Easily a market graded Very Fine; although by old school standards, closer to Fine+. Extremely rare bearing the red "Paid" stamp. Of those seen, most bear a vertical "1000" stamp which appears on the right side of the note; although lack the stamp seen here. A very much undervalued and under appreciated South Carolina issue. Tough.

Fine+

 

 

MKT

Grade:

VF-25

 $395  

Reverse
Pic 2

    SC  $  5

  The Southwestern

    Railroad Bank

 

     SH-306

 

 

 

 

 Charleston 1859

 

 

 

 

 

    Intriguing Note

  SC, NC, TN, KY

 

Serial # 399. Dated July 1, 1859. Central vignette of locomotive. "5" on dies, left and right. White "FIVE" at center with micro "Five" overprint. Brownish tan color Extremely interesting; State seals of South Carolina (upper left), North Carolina (upper right), Kentucky (lower left) and Tennessee (lower right). The only obsolete bank note I know of bearing such a characteristic. Plain back. Chartered in 1836 and closing; as so many Southern banks did, in 1865. Bold, vivid signatures of Bank President James Rose to lower right and Jno (John) C. Cochran for Cashier to lower left. Payable at Charleston, SC in brown ink. Unlike most of the failed banks of this era, the SW Railroad assumed the unpaid obligations of the bank and liquidated the majority of the bank's outstanding bills. According to noted authority and author of "South Carolina Obsolete Notes and Scrip"; Mr. Austin M. Sheheen, most surviving notes upon this bank are punch cancelled. Mr. Sheheen further states that "unpunched bills are scarce". The American Bank Note Company monogram may be seen just above the "D" in "RAILROAD" within the bank title. A superb note for the issue with no problems whatsoever. Superb trim, no chinks, tears, soiling or the like and a true miracle of survival. Riveting eye appeal. One would be hard pressed to locate a better example upon this bank. A splendid and extremely interesting obsolete bank note issued at a time when cotton truly was king.

CHOICE

  FINE

 $325  

Reverse

   SC  $ 5

  Farmers and Exchange Bank

 SH-163

Brokers stamp-

Grenada, Miss

 Charleston

Serial # 890. A common South Carolina note. Superb centra vignette of oxen pulling a wagon load of cotton. What separates this note from others is the brokers stamp. When these stamps were placed upon notes by brokers, banks or what have you; they were putting their name and reputation on the note that it was good. Even though Grenada, MS is a long way from Charleston, the stamp is a reinforcement, if you will, that the note was good in the Grenada area. In general, the farther away a note was from the bank that issued it; the less it was worth. Things were not like they are today. If a broker saw an opportunity to buy these notes at less that face value; and pass them at face value or close thereto; the stamp was placed upon the note. It legitimized the note to the extent that the broker/banker was favorably known. Enough of that. Further study upon these stamps will eventually take place. Now is the time to acquire them, as no research has been done. Fine+  $145  

Reverse

   SC  $ 50

Farmers and Exchange Bank

     SH-170

   Charleston

 Sept 3, 1859

 

  Super Color

Serial # 492. Dated September 3, 1859. Bank title at top center. Superb wharf or steamboat landing scene at lower left. Portrait of Daniel Webster in oval to lower right. Plain back. Superb trim and color grace this higher denomination note. Printed upon thick paper, the note suffers from no ink bleed or burn and is lacking a single pinhole. A wonderful obsolete which depicts how the "haves" lived in the antebellum South. Most frequently encountered badly soiled, stained or with other major problems. Choice color and eye appeal.

CHOICE

Very Fine

 

Mkt

Grade:

XF-40

 $495  

Reverse
Pic 2

   SC  $100

  Farmers and Exchange Bank

     SH-173

   Charleston

 Sept 2nd, 1859

Serial # 370. Sailing ships to lower left, large grey "C" in center and woman with rake to lower right. Plain back. A quite pleasing example of this tough high denomination South Carolina issue. It seems as though something is stuck to the paper, just beneath the sailing ships to the lower left front. At first; I thought it was a repair, but do not think so. There is no evidence of a tear or anything that needs to be repaired from the back. It is not unusual to see things like this and it would come off with a cue tip and some acetone. I just offer them the way they are. A chink at the top and a tiny rust hole between the "HA" of Charleston. These are extremely tough and the note offered here represents an exceptional example; even with the aforementioned issues.   F+  $525  

Reverse

   SC  $ 5

    Union Bank

   SH-611

Charleston, SC

       1859

 Spurious Issue

 

 

 PCGS Very Fine

         20

Serial # 467. Dated in blue ink, 1st January, 1859. An intriguing example of this spurious note on the Union Bank of South Carolina. Chartered in 1811, this Bank was in continuous operation until; as with most Southern Banks, 1865. The end of the Civil War brought about the demise of nearly all Southern Banks. An exceptionally well executed and designed note; this example was not actually printed by the Union Bank of SC. It is not counterfeit; wherein an attempt was made to reproduce an existing note. Nor is it altered; wherein an actual note was altered to appear as a higher denomination or from a different state. Spurious means just what is says. It was totally made up to pass as a Union Bank of South Carolina note. Pass it did; as over 150 years ago, means of communication in existence today were beyond the wildest dream of anyone. Rated a rarity 6 by Mr. Austin Sheheen in his recent work on South Carolina Obsolete Bank notes. This translates into 5-15 known. A very pleasing example of this very scarce piece and sure to please. A great piece for any obsolete note collector.  PCGS

 VF-20

 SOLD  

Reverse

  SC  $ 1

    SOLDIERS

WAY-SIDE HOME

 

     SH-844

 

 

 

  Charleston 1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very tough this nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  PCGS VERY

    FINE 35

Serial # 2940. Printed date of May 1, 1864. Redeemable July 1864 only. Dog and safe at center. Ornate green design on back. No printer. One of the most well preserved examples of this very elusive issue I have ever encountered. Issued in only $1, $2 and $5 denominations and differentiated by whether they were redeemable in July or September of 1864. A "different" type of Civil War piece, if you will. The Soldiers Way-Side Home was located in Charleston and operated via private donations only. By this time in the War, there existed thousands of displaced, wounded, and maimed Confederate soldiers unfit for duty, although with no place to go. Further, the South had been devastated by this time and the City of Charleston itself was under siege. The Soldiers Way-Side Home attempted to provide shelter and limited medical care for these lost, wondering souls. The suffering both sides endured during the Civil War is, in this day and time, unimaginable. While those from the North could return to adequate medical care and "home"; such was not necessarily the case with Southern soldiers. There existed no medical facilities and in many cases, no home to go to. The piece here offered provides a glimpse at a noble effort to aid these some of these men, although we cannot begin to phantom the horrific suffering they endured. "Pic 2" is a copy of an original broadside printed by the Soldiers Way-Side Home and can perhaps offer the reader an idea of what this piece represents. Good for one month only. When seen, these are usually in very, very poor condition. Rarely, if ever, found without major problems. Note the Treasurer's signature of James S. Gibbes at the lower right upon the note matches that shown on the broadside. With today's technology, it would even be possible to trace the history of the soldier named on the note. I could go on and n about this piece, but must stop. An incredible piece of Civil War history and as nice as these are ever seen. Very rare this nice and one of the most thought provoking pieces one could ever hope to acquire.

PCGS

Very Fine 35

 $575  

Reverse
Pic 2

    SC  $  20

  Bank of Chester

 

     65 G 16a

      SH-123

 

 

 

  Chester 1855

 

 

 

  Very Scarce Note

 

 

 

 

 

  Coffeyville, Ms

 Broker's Stamp

Serial # 3632; left # in red ink, right # in brown ink. Dated November 10, 1855 in blue ink. Train vignette in center. Sailor holding flag, Hope seated with cotton bale and anchor to lower left. Portrait of young lady in oval to lower right. Red "TWENTY" overprint. Thick paper. Plain back. Extremely well trimmed bearing superb eye appeal. A small margin ding or two is present, entirely consistent with the grade. Not one single pinhole. Extremely interesting broker's stamp near top center. The stamp reads: " N.O. SNYDER, BANKER, COFFEYVILLE, Mississippi". Several other control and unknown stamps are present as well. A splendid example of this very scarce South Carolina issue. The notes you see here are not notes that one can merely walk into a large coin/paper money show and obtain. The odds are 100 to 1 that such a note could be located. Amazingly clean, bright and fresh to the market. As the fascinating hobby of collecting obsoletes grows; more and more research will be conducted upon the various stamps sometimes seen upon these intriguing pieces of American history. No doubt, more light will be shed upon N.O. Snyder and the role he played in handling this note. Banker or broker stamps have always been fascinating; although to date, little is known about them. This will change as the hobby progresses. A problem free note and near impossible to locate. The odds against a note such as this one surviving in this lofty state of preservation over the last 160+ years are astronomical.

Choice

 Fine+

 

 

 

MKT

GRADE:

 VF-30

 $485  

Reverse
Pic 2

   SC  $ 10

  Bank of Hamburg

    (FIRST BANK)

 

       SH-218

 

 

 

      Hamburg

    July 2, 1824

 

 

 

 

  Extremely Rare

 

 192 Years Old

Serial # 66. Dated July 2, 1824. Liberty with pole in center. "10" and "TEN" medallion to each side. George Washington to left and Benjamin Franklin to right. Plain back. The true wonder of survival emanates from this 192 year old bank note. Any note from the First Bank of Hamburg is excessively rare. Rated an rarity 6 (5-15 estimated survivors in any grade) by Mr. Austin Sheheen, Jr. in his outstanding work on South Carolina Obsolete Notes and Scrip. It has been my experience that this estimate would indeed be difficult to dispute. Superb clarity and contrast; bearing bright, bold signatures and date. Interestingly, the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes from the First Bank of Hamburg are each the exact same design, save for the denomination. Chartered in 1822, one of the most successful banks in the State. Needless to say, 192 year old bank notes are rare; especially Southern examples. Simply pristine and irreplaceable. Of the three examples I have seen in 40+ years, all were numbered below serial number 100. No problems and an amazing piece of American history.

CHOICE

Very Fine

 $575  

Reverse

   SC  $ 20

  Bank of Hamburg

 (SECOND BANK)

 

       SH-242

 

      Hamburg

 

   June 6, 1859

Serial # 972. Dated June 6, 1859. Central vignette of Liberty and Justice seated beside shield and palmetto tree. Red cycloidal under print. Plain back. A lovely note, not rare and thus readily obtainable. Very clean, bright and fresh, with no pinholes. Vivid signatures and date coupled with perfect trim. There does exist a very small tear which may best be seen when viewing the upper right back. The tear is small; however, certainly merits calling out. Save for the above, no other distractions whatsoever and superb eye appeal. A very affordable example of this attractive South Carolina issue.

CHOICE

FINE

 

Small tear.

 

Mkt

Grade:

Apparent

VF-25

 $ 90  

Reverse

  SC  $ 5

The Cotton Planters

  Loan Association

    SH - 1098

 

 

Unionville May, 1862

 

 

PCGS VF 25 PPQ

Serial # 6265. Brown ink date of May 15, 1862. Central vignette of Slaves harvesting cotton. Frightful depiction of John C. Calhoun to lower right. Unknown female to upper left. Printed upon the back of Spartanburg & Union RR Bonds. Imprint: J.W. Bornemann Charleston, S.C.. While many of us have seen crude, modern, novelty reproductions of this note; the example here offered is the real thing. Graded VF 25 by PCGS and given the PPQ moniker (premium paper quality). Seldom seen in one piece or not totally ragged. Never did I think the day would come when I saw one of these with a premium paper quality designation. As nice as these come; and they don't come often. The clause at the far bottom right says it all. I don't know how much more "Civil War" one can get than this piece. "Redeemable in Gold within Six Months after the raising of the Blockade of our coast"! If this statement alone does not represent the prevailing thinking of the time that the South was a separate country, totally and completely independent of the remainder of the United States; I don't know what does. I am unaware of any other piece of Civil War Americana that so vividly brings home this point. Simply an incredible piece of United States history. These pieces have always been scarce and very, very difficult to acquire in collectible condition. A rare opportunity to acquire one of the most thought provoking pieces of Americana that will ever present itself. Rare; especially this nice.

PCGS

VF 25

PPQ

 

Premium

Paper

Quality

 $ 895  

Reverse
Pic 2

  SC  $100

Planters Bank of

      Fairfield

 

     SH-314

 

 

 

 

 R-6 (5-15 known)

 

 

 

   Gorgeous Note

 

   Excessively Rare

 

 

 January 2, 1860

 

 

 

     Winnsboro

Serial # 595. Dated January 2, 1862. Red ink plate letter "A" at upper right. Central vignette of United States Capitol building in Washington, D. C.. George Washington in oval to lower left. Eagle to lower right. Red "HUNDRED" overprint. Plain back. Excessively rare. From an old time South Carolina collection formed in the 1940's. Simply a beautiful design and resulting note. This note represents the allure of collecting obsolete bank notes as well as any I know. One might see an example of this issue every decade. Prior to the advent of the internet, this note was rarely, if ever seen. Were the note a coin, Federal note or other collectible of equal rarity; it's cost would be astronomical. Obsolete bank notes are beginning to come into their own; although have a long way to go and remain vastly undervalued. The note here offered represents the best and only $100 example I have ever had the priviledge of offering. Not a note for the "book value" collector. Only the fourth such $100 note from this bank to appear on the market within the last 60 years. One acquires a note such as this one when the opportunity to acquire an example presents itself. "Value" always takes care of itself. I would imagine an example such as this one was obtainable in the 1940's, although required a great deal of effort and patience that long ago. Superb trim, no pinholes and incredible eye appeal. The crispness and body of an XF or better note. I could write volumes about this one; however, shall let the note speak for itself. An "opportunity" note if there ever was one. The odds of locating another are extremely remote.

Choice

Very Fine

 $995  

Reverse
Pic 2

  SC  $ 50

Planters Bank of

      Fairfield

 

     SH-313

 

 

 R-6 (5-15 known)

 

 

 

  AMAZING NOTE

 

 

 

  July 4, 1854

 

 

 

    Winnsboro

Serial # 108. Dated July 4, 1854. Central vignette of bust of John C. Calhoun. Ceres seated to lower left. Portrait of Andrew Jackson in oval to lower right. Red "FIFTY" overprint. Plain back. Another incredibly rare note from the same collection formed in the 1940's. Quite conservatively assigned a rarity 6 (5-15 known) by Shehhen. In reality, the $50 denomination is seen less than the $100. Keep in mind that the estimate of survivors is just that. 40+ years in the business do not indicate that there are 5-15 surviving examples in any grade. During that time, I have perhaps seen two to three examples of the $50 note, all impaired. Fully framed, although a slight 'bow" is seen outside the frame line at the left front. Some form of contemporary stamp is observed near the middle front. Such stamps are quite common upon obsolete bank notes and are a part of the note's history. Truly amazing that such a rarity could be available today. Clean, bright and fresh. With the naked eye, no folds appear at all. However; with the aid of a strong glass and the ability to view the note via a detailed scan, some light folds do appear. Retaining the crispness of a CU note; a small, as made sheet crimp may barely be seen at the lower right back. No pinholes and incredible eye appeal. Easily an XF 40-45 for the grading services. My old school style of grading which was learned from the late Dr. Douglas Ball tells me that if more than three extremely light folds or bends appear, the note cannot grade extremely fine. This is very, very close to an extremely fine note; although I see more than three faint bends or light folds. Only at a major auction house; and rarely then, could one possibly see a $50 example from this bank...if then. Simply breathtaking. Excessively rare.

Choice

Very Fine++

 $1075  

Reverse
Pic 2

  SC  $ 25

Planters Bank of

      Fairfield

 

     SH-312

 

 

 R-6 (5-15 known)

Very Seldom Seen

 

 

  July 4, 1854

 

 

 

  Winnsboro

Serial # 353. Dated July 4, 1854. Bank title in center. Ceres and Prosperina to lower left. Portrait of John C. Calhoun to lower right. Blue "25" overprint. Plain back. Here is a note one does not see very often; if at all. Signed by James R. Aiken as President; whom the town of Aiken, South Carolina is named after. Excessively rare. An extremely odd denomination and most desirable as such. Sheheen assigns a rarity of 5-15 known to this note; which in my opinion is quite conservative. I can't say that I have seen more than two or three of these in 40 years. A lovely obsolete bank note which possesses all of the characteristics of a note which will do nothing but rise in value. Dead solid perfect trim, no pinholes, clean, bright and fresh. These notes were stacked and counted or "thumbed". Evidence of such may be seen at the mid right front. Of the two or three examples of this issue I have had the occasion to observe throughout the years; each showed the same trait. This does nothing to diminish the value or desirability of the note and in my humble opinion; adds to it's character and history. A wonderful opportunity to add a very, very rare and solid note to your collection. Rare and a beauty. Very Fine  $475  

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