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20 Dec 2020


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The latest addition to my growing MPC collection was a birthday present from my wife, thanks babe. In the photos below you can view my new Series 641, $10 Third Printing MPC. It was graded by PMG as a 64 Choice Uncirculated EPQ or Exceptional Paper Quality. It has a Schwan number of S887-3. The serial number is kind of cool as well. The Plate Position is 24.

06 Dec 2020


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Well, I'm sitting here at home wondering when, if, my Wi-Fi will come back up. The same problem occurred all day Saturday. So, I thought I would share this new piece of MPC history I received in the mail yesterday. I have no idea when this will show up on our blog pages so be kind. If you look at the photos below you may see something that you haven't seen before.

06 Oct 2020


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I just noticed it has been quite a while since my last blog. I guess it's time for a new one. I have a dozen or so new Peace Dollar VAMs to share but I believe I will take a different path today. I have been getting back into Military Payment Certificates, MPC, again and would like to share some with you. My last blog on MPC's was about Chief Hollow Horn Bear. He is on the Series 692 ten dollar bill. I believe this is one of most sought after bills. If you would care to view this blog it is listed here on 20 April 2020.

20 Apr 2020


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A few people here have been asking what we collect. Here is an example of something other than Peace Dollar VAMs that I collect when I see a nice one. This is my newest example of a Military Payment Certificate or MPC. This is, in my opinion, one of the most outstanding MPC we made. In fact the entire Series 692 has been described as the "Most American" of all the different series of MPC's.

14 Mar 2019


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This blog is about another of my Civil War bank notes. This one is a Type 62 or as they are also called a T-62. Although this one dollar bill is graded a modest VG 8 by PMG, I love it. It has a ton of wear. Used by a lot of people during a very dark period of our history. This note is from the Sixth Issue. That is an act of the Confederate government, that on March 23, 1863 authorizes the $50,000,000 be printed monthly from April 1863 to January 1864. This resulted in T-56 to T-63 notes. All the notes are dated April 6, 1863. All the notes printed as "Payable two years after a peace treaty. T-61-63 notes are marked payable 6 months after a peace treaty.

26 Jun 2018


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Below is my example of a Confederate States of America $20 note. It is classified as a Type-67 or Criswell-507. Both of these are numbers to classify all the variables of all the notes. There is also a PF number. In this case it is a PF-6. The PF number is a Fricke number system that uses 1 through the number of varieties for each type note. This Type-67 note has 42 varieties. My numbers indicate this note is a Series 3 with a Rarity of 3, meaning there is a population of 10001-50000 known. A very common note. Thought it was easy didn’t you?? One last thing. The plate position letter. “B’ for this one. That is where in the engraved plate this note was made from.

26 May 2018

FEBRUARY 15th, 1864

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The note pictured below is a 1864 Confederate State of America Fifty Dollar bill. It is dated February 17th, 1864 and printed by Keatinge & Ball of Columbus, South Carolina. It was printed on high quality bank note paper. The total number of genuine notes issued was 1,671,444. I say genuine notes issued because even though the serial number of all the notes lawfully released were printed with a machine as a way to bamboozle counterfeiters, they were counterfeited in huge volumes in Havana, Cuba. The back of the T-66 was printed with a blue back and a red overprint the colors varied depending on how much ink was placed on the plate. The front has a range of color. It ranges a dusky dark pink to light red, dark red and a deep dark orange-red. The dark red commands the highest price. This type note is fairly common in all grades.

15 May 2018


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Today I have something very special to share. Not only did I win this great example of a T-28 Confederate $10 bill but is a part of the Eric P. Newman Collection! Now I'm not a person that buys a coin or note because of the label but an Eric P. Newman, reasonably priced, is hard to pass up. Especially when I needed that Type number note. It is graded a very Fine 25 by PCCS. It probably would have graded higher but, as noted on the reverse label, Minor Stains, Small Mounting Remnant in UL Corner. I personally feel the E.P.N. logo overshadows all that. As you might be able to tell, he is one of my numismatic hero's. Anyway, Small mounting remnant refers to a little thing from stamp collecting called a hinge. It is a little flip like deal to put stamps in an album. A tiny piece glued to your stamp and the larger piece glued to the album page. This was sometimes used to mount currency, in the old days. The 'PF-7" refers to the Fricke number. The "Cr. 235" refers to the Criswell number. Both of these are different systems to denote the different varieties within the Type. In this case, Type -28, there are 10 different varieties. The PF-7 means there is a small number below the "A". This notes number is a 12. You can really get into these confederate notes. It helps fill my quest for VAM's.

02 May 2018


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Well, lately my wife and I have been very busy trying to liquidate our tax refund. We are doing this by bidding on auctions. We have been very, very lucky and fruitful at this. Too much so. I have been concentrating on Civil War era currency and tokens. I will be putting some up today and in the future. I hope I don't bore you with this historic time. For now, I would like to start with a raw example of a cancelled $20 bill. I don't usually buy raw currency from the Civil War. The bills were widely counterfeited. One needs to study what to look for and buy from a trusted dealer. So I did both of those and ended up with this unique, I think, sample. I call it unique in that it was cancelled buy stamping two separate designs of holes in the bill. They look like two intersecting roads. I haven't seen this design before. It is easiest to see if the bill is held up to the light. It is dated September 2, 1861 and is redeemable "six months after the ratification of a treaty between the Confederate States and the United States". The bill features an allegorical design representing Industry seated between a winged Cupid holding a staff of Mercury and a beehive behind her. This also represents Industry. Beehives are a favorite of mine. On the right side is Hope leaning on an anchor with a palmetto plant behind her. Then is the required portrait of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy. Some examples have a CSA watermark. This one does not. The reverse is blank. There are more details on the front of this bill. They are all done in the beautiful vignette style. Although this is a common type note, there are many different varieties. That helps the VAM guy in me. Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.


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