Kepi's Blog

09 Mar 2018

**That's One Knarley Note, But It's My Note**

Paper Money - United States | Kepi

Tonight I want to share with you from my collection the "Perfect" example of a 1901 Legal Tender $10 "Bison Note". Friedberg No. F-122, with the signatures of Speelman/White. There might not be a more popular large size United States note than this series of 1901. This note has historical appeal as well as numismatic appeal. It was circulating during the 100 year anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The face of the note is symbolic of the American West, with portraits of Lewis and Clark to the right and left, and a Magnificent Bison in the center. This vignette was engraved by M.S. Baldwin. The back of the note was the work of G.F.C. Smillie and was titled "Progress". It shows Columbia standing as a representative of agriculture. Now, this note had been on my want list for awhile but I had been unable to find that "perfect" one for me. In higher grade these can get really pricey, although very beautiful...no folds, tears, no fading, no character. None really "spoke" to me. And that brings us to my "Knarley Note". I saw this one at auction with lots of bidders already, but I knew this is the one I had been looking for! Graded by PCGS as a Good 4 Apparent with Edge Damage; Tape Repairs. Old, used, torn, faded, stained and yes, taped up...This Bison had so much character and spoke of so many past adventures that it was indeed "Perfect" for me. Hope you enjoyed my blog! Comment's are welcomed.

10 Sep 2016

1899 Indian Chief $5 Silver Certificate

Paper Money-U.S. | Kepi

This is a new area of collecting for me. "Old American Currency" I don't know much about this subject...but I'm learning. (Us Numi's are always learning right) : ) I love the old designs, the amazing artwork, larger size and overall impressive look of our yesteryear currency. Our money used to be so COOL...What happened? I just added this Indian Chief to my collection and hope to get it graded soon. I know it's well worn but a nice example of a very popular note. In the future I'd like to add the $10 Buffalo Note, some of the Educational Series and the Black Eagle. If anyone could recommend a good book on our paper money please let me know. Thanks!

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