Something for Everyone at Knight CPMX Auction
By Bank Note Reporter
Opening with world bank notes and then moving
into U.S. notes from Colonials through
large-size type and nationals, Lyn Knight
Currency Auctions’ March 18-20 sale promises
something for everyone.
The auction is to be held at the Crowne Plaza
O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill., in
conjunction with the 16th Annual Chicago Paper
The first session, slated for 6 p.m. on March
18, features what Knight termed the firm’s
largest offering of world bank notes to date.
The March 19 second session, at 6 p.m., promises
to draw attention as it opens with a 200-lot
Costa Rica note offering considered one of the
finest collections known. These will be followed
by U.S. notes, starting with Colonials,
Continental currency, obsoletes, Confederate,
Fractional and MPC including some high quality
examples of regular issues and replacements.
The small-size U.S. currency will be headed up
by a $10,000 note from the Binion hoard graded
64 and estimated to bring in the $100,000 range.
Also up for bid are interesting serial number
notes, stars, and errors.
The March 20 third session, at 6 p.m., will
feature large-size U.S. type notes including an
Fr. 180 $100 Legal Tender, PCGS VF 35, and an
Fr. 378 $100 1891 Treasury Note, VF.
$20 Technicolors in PMG 67 and 65 are included.
Also featured is a run of circulated type notes.
National Bank Notes will likely lead the evening
and include uncut sheets crossing the block for
the first time.
Individual note highlights follow:
• Fr. 378 $100 1891 Treasury or Coin Note, PMG
VF-20 Restored, estimated at $150,000-250,000.
“The open back 100 Treasury note is far rarer
than the early Watermelon issue of 1880,”
according to the cataloger. “There are only 12
examples known, including 5 in institutions,
leaving collectors 7 examples with the finest
grading VF/XF.” This example is one of four
“found pinned to a drifter’s coat.”
• Fr. 180 $100 1880 Legal Tender Bruce-Roberts.
“This is one of the rarest of the Lincoln $100
legal tender notes,” according to the cataloger.
“There are a total of 7 notes in existence today
with 3 remaining in government institutions,
doubtful to ever be sold.” This specimen,
estimated at $90,000-150,000, is the second
• $5 1882 Brown Back First National Bank of
Huron, Territory of Dakota, VF, J.W.
Campbell-president, J.W. Smith-cashier. “This
bank was organized on May 19, 1882 and went into
receivership on March 14, 1924. The bank issued
2,425 sheets of $5 BB Territorials and this is
the only example known to have survived.”
Estimated at $40,000-60,000.
• Unique Fr. 517/529 $50/100 1882 Brown Back
uncut sheet, Corn Exchange National Bank,
Chicago. “This is the only 2 note uncut sheet
known to have survived intact. This bank was
chartered in 1897 and liquidated in 1924.”
Estimated at $125,000-250,000.
For additional information, contact Lyn Knight
Currency Auctions, P.O. Box 7364, Overland Park
KS 66207-0364; telephone 800-243-5211 or
913-338-3779. Lots may also be viewed and bid on
online at www.lynknight.com.