$2 1862 The White Mountain Bank, New Hampshire - Santa Claus Note - PMG 8
ON HOLD (FORTB/FGNONS/DPNONS) JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS
This is a pleasing note with one of the most famous vignettes for any obsolete banknote. This 1862 $2 note from the White Mountain Bank of Lancaster, New Hampshire features a Durand Type I Santa Claus vignette. The vignette depicts Saint Nick seated in his sleigh driving his team of reindeer across a roof top. The best part is this example features the rare for-this-bank green anti-counterfeiting outlined “TWO” overprint. Most examples from this bank feature a red overprint denominator. According to Roger Durant, there are only 4 examples known of this variety. Also, it is an actual fully signed, monetized and circulated note unlike most examples which are unsigned remainders &/or proofs. With honest circulation throughout and no negative comments from PMG, this example may be the perfect stocking stuffer for the Santa Claus admirer in us all.
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