Washington County Bank $10
October 1863. RI-430 (G10a1) UNL, Durand UNL
“This bank is encountered, and their original plates were beautifully engraved by Toppan, Carpenter & Co. This late-date issued note is the first we have ever seen. It has green ‘X X’ protectors and an American Bank Note Co. imprint. The description matches the period reports, with settlers startling a Native American family. Liberty is seated with a shield, and the U.S. Capitol is behind at lower left. Counters are in the upper corners. Green protector ‘X X’ is at bottom across the signatures. The protector was a peculiar choice and left the note open to be raised to a $20 note, in our opinion. Noted with ‘Rust Stains; Paper Pull on Back; Small Edge Tears.’ The note is not a great beauty, but it is the first seen and quite interesting.”
Signatures of M.H. Du Plessis, cashier and W.D. Bannister, president. Endorsed by Edmund W. Raynsford on back.
Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society