FR . 61a 1862 Legal Tender PMG 65 EPQ
Certified GEM $5 Early Legal Tender
This is a near perfect example of our country’s first $5 bill issued for general circulation. Certified GEM by PMG, it would be difficult to improve upon this example. Unlike most early five-dollar bills, this note is unusually bright. Most examples of this type exhibit a toned look where the paper is slightly darkened or seasoned with age. This note is the exception and is as beautiful as the day it was made with its bold print, vibrant colors and white paper. And this note is made even more interesting by the fact that the printed signatures are offset on the back of the note. Even the lower loop of Spinner's signature is seen at the top. This is a phenomenon often found on this type and does not affect desirability or value. Add the low two digit serial number and this example is certainly a fantastic artifact of one of our nation’s first $5 bills.
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