Evenly circulated example of one of the most sought after national type notes, this Black Charter Number is an incredible opportunity waiting to be had. Representing one of the first national bank notes with the charter number prominently displayed on the face, these notes became a numismatic rarity soon after Continental Bank Note Company removed the charter number from the original face plate. At its inception, the charter number was part of the original plate and was printed in black like the rest of the front design. On later examples, the charter number was “over printed” with a different font and the color was changed from black to red.
Even though there are 19 examples known from this Colorado Territorial bank, they are all tightly held by collectors and rarely become available for sale. PCGS does mention “restorations” for grading accuracy, however when you have handled several Black Charter notes over the years, you will know that most examples have been professionally restored at one point or another and the conservation done to this note takes away nothing from this highly desirable piece. With good eye appeal and bold, legible pen signatures, this example will fit in nicely in a collection full of numismatic rarities.