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Notable Notes: The “Lincoln Porthole” $5 Silver Certificate

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edited April 19, 2020 9:32PM in U.S. & World Currency Forum

Our most recent PCGS Rare Coin Market Report marks the debut of a new regular segment called “Notable Notes,” in which we profile a particularly remarkable piece of paper money that our graders at the newly launched PCGS Banknote have come across.

Our first note, seen above, the Lincoln Porthole $5, is one of the most sought-after pieces among the expansive catalog of United States large-size notes. 5,000 are estimated to survive today across all grades, and they are particularly scarce in higher grades.

Read more about this piece here: https://www.pcgs.com/news/notable-notes-lincoln-porthole-silver-certificate

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  • numbersmannumbersman Posts: 888 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 15, 2020 1:29PM

    Yummy! Much like Pavlov's dog, my mouth is watering.A suggestion would be to please show the reverse as well.

    Collector of numeral seals.That's the 1928 and 1928A series of FRNs with a number rather than a letter in the district seal. Owner/operator of Bottom Line Currency
  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,287 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2020 2:14AM

    Thanks for the post !!! :)
    But how is it graded Gem Unc 55 ? :/

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 5,144 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2020 3:02AM

    What @Timbuk3 said.

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 15,764 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Really nice and looks good in that holder!

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 21,172 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice note. Gem or not lol

  • TennisCoachTennisCoach Posts: 287 ✭✭✭

    PM sent

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 4,560 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A classic design.

    Successful transactions:Tookybandit
  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,287 ✭✭✭✭✭

    PM sent !!! :)

  • TennisCoachTennisCoach Posts: 287 ✭✭✭

    It's been 3 days so far and haven't heard a reply. Shouldn't someone be visiting forum sites like these once a day to build some good will with collectors? Maybe when you do visit here again, the Social Media Team can answer this question for the rest of the forum. Can you please explain why a grade of 55 PPQ "which has historically been an About Uncirculated grade" is now a Gem Uncirculated grade? Or perhaps (more likely) it has something to do with cutting and pasting images onto holders. I for one have never received a note back from grading that was so well centered inside its holder.

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  • Hello all, it has been corrected to read About Unc. Thank you

    Heather Boyd
    PCGS Director of Marketing

  • DontTellTheWifeDontTellTheWife Posts: 329 ✭✭✭
    edited April 20, 2020 3:56AM

    Where did the estimate of 5000 surviving come from?

  • mbwizkidmbwizkid Posts: 550 ✭✭✭

    To give context to @TennisCoach ’s post, this is the original image posted with the GEM UNC 55 PPQ designation (oops) on the holder.

    AKA - Steve in Tampa

  • tomtomtomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 361 ✭✭✭

  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,287 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 20, 2020 6:40PM

    @Timbuk3 said:
    Thanks for the post !!! :)
    But how is it graded Gem Unc 55 ? :/

    To add to my previous response, how did this happen. Was it reholdered ? Was it done by cut and paste ? Was this done another way ? I'm just trying to understand the rationale and purpose as why it was done this way. Not to cause ruckus with anyone !!!
    Thank you !!! :)

  • StaircoinsStaircoins Posts: 2,503 ✭✭✭

    Appears to have been reholdered. Note that 'Speelman & White' are no longer on the front, nor is the Cert number.

    Looks to be a boo-boo by our host, now corrected.

    Hey, it happens to the best of us. It's all good.


  • migueldelriomigueldelrio Posts: 27
    edited May 7, 2020 6:27PM

    OK, so does this mean that banknote submissions are currently being received?

  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 1,312 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes they are. That was the purpose of the O/P-to inform us that they are accepting submissions.

    Collector and dealer in obsolete currency. Always buying all obsolete bank notes and scrip. Ebay listings
  • migueldelriomigueldelrio Posts: 27
    edited May 9, 2020 11:29PM

    Yes they are. That was the purpose of the O/P-to inform us that they are accepting submissions.

    Obviously, though one member suggested that the almost three weeks needed to "receive" my submission was due to the corona virus.

    (Yet another member feigned sadness upon reading of my plight here: https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1037240/peru-200-n-soles-2009-p-186-delivered-to-pcgs-04-20-2020-not-yet-received#latest.)

    In actuality, the submission had become separated from the submission form, somehow. One CS agent claimed that I had no submission privileges and that I did not include a submission form. Another CS agent apologized and assigned me a CS request number.

    How cool was that?

    I remember specifically attempting with difficulty to slide the submission form into the padded envelope with the submission, and it's inconsistent to claim that, on the one hand, that I have no submission privileges, however, in the same breath, claim that no submission form was included with the submission.

    The (apparently) new CS request system would have saved numerous wasted calls and email to CS over the last few months.

    The submission would likely still be lost were it not for this forum.

  • GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 7,072 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is one VERY attractive Bank Note!!!!!

    GrandAm :)
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