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1857 $5 City of Omaha Obsolete Note


1857 $5 City of Omaha Obsolete Note

Grade:  Circulated  
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Take advantage of our very fortunate purchase of obsolete notes from America’s adventurous Wild West! Before the United States government began issuing paper money during the Civil War, currency notes were issued by thousands of different banks, companies, merchants and municipalities.

These historic $5 uniface notes I’m offering here were issued in 1857 by the capitol city of the once-vast Territory of Nebraska – which at that time extended to the Canadian border and to the Continental Divide. The interestbearing notes, intended to aid construction of a Territorial capitol building, bear the obligation THE CITY OF OMAHA WILL PAY FIVE DOLLARS TO BEARER ONE YEAR AFTER DATE WITH INTEREST OF 10 PERCENT PER ANNUM. The seldom-seen notes in this recent special purchase were never redeemed!

Produced by Wellstood, Hay & Whiting – the premier bank note engraving company of the 1850s – these colorful, artistic notes feature impressively detailed vignettes of Native Americans, allegorical figures, and modes of transportation. In addition, each note bears the prized handwritten signature of Jesse Lowe – a founder and the first mayor of Omaha – who is widely credited with naming the city after the local Omaha Indians. The background of the $5 uniface notes are skillfully underprinted with tiny red FIVE’s.

I urge you to act fast, as once the Omaha Obsoletes in this group are gone, no more will be available. Add a genuine piece of Wild West history to your collection today!

  • Product Type: Single Products
  • Year: 1857