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.

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