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05 Dec 2017

SHORT SNORT FOR THREE

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

So, I was at the store the other day picking up a few items I needed. I paid for everything and received my change, a couple of bucks. I started to put the money in my wallet when I noticed one of the bills felt odd. Being a good numismatist, I checked it out further. To my surprise it turned out to be a Silver Certificate. A nice old Series 1935A. What a surprise. Then it got even better. On the back was a bunch of writing. It turned out to be, I think, 3 signatures along with the date they were signed. To help me and everyone else out, it also included the words "Short Snorter" on the edge. I actually received a Silver Certificate short snorter in my change. Talk about clean living paying off! A short snorter is a banknote that was circulated around during World War II that people traveling together signed. Each person received their own note. The practice is believed to be started in the 1920's by Alaskan Bush pilots that caught on in the military. With everyoneinthe group having their own copy, it was all good. Later, if you happened to run into your fellow snorter all you had to do was call him or her out for it. If he or shefailedto produce his copy, he or she owed you a buck or a drink. Many famous people have signed some of these and they arereadilycollected. I hope you enjoyed this story of numismatic luck. I most likely should have mentioned the store was my coin dealer. He likes to do things like that to me in my change. See if I'm on my toes. Yes, he did let me keep it. I have collectedquitea bit of change from him, over the years that I can't spend! Please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time.

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15 Aug 2017

1899 $1 HORSE BLANKET NOTE

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

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!

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