Noteworthy Notes: A New Discovery Receives a Freidberg Number
This extremely rare Original Series $50 National Bank Note from the First National Bank of Geneva, Ohio, has a combination of characteristics that is currently not accounted for in Friedberg: the earliest Treasury signature combination of Chittenden and Spinner, red serial numbers, and bank charter numbers — in this case “153” — overprinted in red ink at left and right. The current closest Friedberg number would be the Fr. 440a, which has the same signatures and serial numbers printed in red but does not display charter numbers anywhere on the note.
The encountering of an uncatalogued specimen that requires the generation of a new Friedberg number is far from commonplace. The PCGS Banknote team was honored to have played a role in the formal recognition and adoption of the Fr. 440b in addition to being able to certify this remarkable note.