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Session 4, Lot 2044

Estimate: 4'000 USD   |   Starting price: 2'400 USD Price realized: 7'200 USD
Treasury Note
Pristine Superb Gem $5 1891 Treasury Note

Friedberg 364 (W-825). 1891 $5 Treasury Note. PCGS Currency Superb Gem New 67 PPQ.
Major General George H. Thomas is portrayed at center on this Superb Gem 1891 $5 Treasury Note. It is very well preserved and displays broad margins and vividly printed inks. The paper is exceptionally bright and crisp with sharp corners and flawless paper surfaces as attested to by the grading service's assigned PPQ designation. General Thomas, often called "The Rock of Chickamauga," rallied Union forces to prevent a rout by attacking Confederates commanded by Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19, 1863. He was a native Virginian and was permanently disowned by his family for siding against his home state at the onset of the Civil War. PCGS has graded no examples of this 1891 "Open Back" $5 Treasury Note finer.

This variety bears the signature of Blanche Kelso Bruce, a remarkable figure who is little known today. He was born the son of a slave and her master in 1841, but he was fortunate in obtaining an education, eventually attending Oberlin College in Ohio. Undoubtedly recognizing the value of his education and the opportunities it presented him, he taught school and also founded a school for African-American children in Hannibal, Missouri. Eventually, he entered politics and became the second African-American elected to the United States Senate (as a Republican representing Mississippi), and the first to serve a full term. His appointment as register of the Treasury was by President James A Garfield, in 1881.

PCGS Population: 10; none finer.
From Heritage Auctions' sale of January 2014, lot 17118.

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