Having decided to branch out into paper currency, has open up a whole new world for me. There is a lot of studying and research to do before buying anything. Lucky I love research and the knowledge it brings. It also is giving me a new look at history. This is the second note I took a chance on my new found knowledge and bid on and won a raw note! So far I have done pretty well on both. This is a Large Size,. Series of 1899 One Dollar Silver Certificate. Commonly called a horse blanket due to it's size. This particular design is called the Black Eagle Note. Official name of vignette is Eagle of the Capitol. A vignette is an ornamental element of a bank note. This particular note is a Fr#233. The Fr stands for Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg. He is the Breen of paper money. Each type of currency has a different number due to changes on it. In this case the number 233 denotes the two signatures on it. They are, here, Tehee and Burke. The Friedberg number can make a huge difference in price on the same style note. This note came back from PMG, the paper money arm of NGC, as a 30 Very Fine EPQ. The EPQ stands for Exceptional Paper Quality. The 30 means the note will be lightly circulated and may have light soiling. There will typically be seven to ten folds. I won this note at auction and paid a modest price for it. Even taking in the cost of grading, I did alright. I'm having a ton of fun with this new interest in Numismatics. I recommend that you take a look at it. Most people collect either coins or paper money, not both. I say try it all! Thanks for looking and I look forward to your comments!
Just this week I finally received the digital images I paid for when I had PMG grade my Civil War Currency T-41 Confederate note that I first blogged about on March 6th.. They email it to you. It seems the imaging department kept sending it to the wrong email address. Anyway, this gives me the opportunity to show the difference between my scan and PMG's professional work. This is a choice to pay for third party companies, whichever you are using, that comes up when you send in a coin or currency for grading and slabbing. First I should mention that PMG does not show the image on it's web site as NGC does. They simply send you the photos, front and back, in an email attachment. I was unaware of that little fact till it happened to me. I should say that the folks at PMG were very helpful in finding and sending me my lost photos. They also finished my note in about half the projected time. That NEVER happens! So, we are giving the choice of spending a bit more money. In this case it was $5.. Is it worth it? Is it better than you can do? Do you even want a photo of something in your hand?? These are all questions one has to answer for themselves. I show both examples below so you don't have to search for my older blog and can better compare them. What do you think? Personally, for $5 bucks, I feel it's well worth it. PMG's photos more closely show the true colors and detail of my note. My scan seems washed out and kind of transparent even though I did it in high resolution. That's my opinion. I could be wrong. Check them out and please leave me a comment on your opinion. Thanks for looking!