Finest-known Friedberg 1179 Series 1905 $20 Gold Certificate

18 Jul 2018  Wed

The Heritage Currency Auctions Signature is going to offer a stunning Friedberg 1179 Series 1905 $20 gold certificate in Philadelphia from 14th to 17th August at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. Graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 Exceptional Paper Quality by PMG, the note is the finest of its type and is also known as “Technicolor Note”.

It’s called Technicolor Note because of its bright golden background, gold lettering, red serial numbers and a red seal on the obverse. Generally, white colour was also used in the paper on Series 1869 “Rainbow” United States notes. However, on the offered note, the white colour is used as a part of the design. A duller design of gold on a white background was used on the Series 1906 and 1922 versions of the same note.

The offered note can be found in two signature combinations. One type features the signatures of Judson W. Lyons and Ellis H. Roberts, while the other one features signatures of Charles H. Treat and Judson W. Lyons. The type featuring signatures of Judson W. Lyons and Ellis H. Roberts is rarer of the two. Experts believe that only 189 such notes exist. 13 out of them are graded in the Uncirculated category. The offered note is the finest of all. The same note was sold for $105,750 in January 2015 and this time it is being offered with an estimated value of $120,000.

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