New York, NY - Ch. 1461 - $5 1882 Brown Back This is a nice brown back that works perfectly for the type. It has good margins, strong paper, and dark signatures. You can get all of that without spending thousands of dollars.
Longton, KS - Ch. 8525 - $10 1902 Red Seal The term "miracle of survival" gets kicked around a lot and is sometimes overused. However, it applies here. This bank issued 250 sheets of red seals and just 11 sheets of blue seals before shutting down shop in the summer of 1909. That's a total of only 1,044 notes, all issued more than a century ago. Not surprisingly, before this discovery, there were exactly zero survivors reported for the bank. The condition obviously is not ideal.
Spring Valley, MN - Ch. 6316 - $20 1902 Blue Seal Blue pen signatures are the highlight on this $20 blue seal from Spring Valley. Just eight other large notes are reported for the bank. Our estimate seems very low considering the Kelly premium in fine is $1,500.