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PMG Note Of The Month 02/21 : US 1880 Fr132 Bruce / Wyman $20 Legal Tender

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PMG - This note features the signature of the first African American US Senator to serve a full term.

US 1880 $20 Legal Tender, Fr# 132 graded PMG 25 Very Fine and pedigreed to the Mike Coltrane Collection.

Country: United States

Catalog Number: Friedberg# (Paper Money of the United States) 132

Date: 1880

Denomination: $20 Legal Tender

Varieties: There are 18 Friedberg numbers for 1880 $20 Legal Tender notes, accounting for variations in the seal, serial number color and signature combination. Friedberg# 131, 132 and 133 feature Register of the Treasury Blanche Bruce's signature at the bottom left of the notes.

What makes it special? Blanche Bruce was the first African American to serve a full term in the US Senate, representing Mississippi from 1875 to 1881. He served as Register of the Treasury from 1881 to 1885 and again from 1897 to 1898. The United States designates February as Black History Month to celebrate the achievements of African Americans.

Did you know? Bruce was born into slavery in Virginia in 1841. In 1880, at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, he became the first African American to win any votes for national office by either major party, finishing fifth in a crowded vice-presidential field to Chester A. Arthur.

Total graded by PMG: PMG has graded 20 of Friedberg# 132.

PMG median grade: PMG 25 Very Fine.

PMG highest graded: PMG 63 Choice Uncirculated

Sales highlights: The PMG 63 Choice Uncirculated example realized $14,950 in a Heritage Auctions sale in September 2007. In September 2018, Heritage sold two examples graded PMG Choice Fine 15, which realized $602 and $660.

PMG Registry: Friedberg# 132 can be collected as part of both the Large Size Legal Note Complete Set (No Stars) and Large Size Legal Note Complete Set (with Star Notes), but none of the top sets have this slot filled.

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Great background information, thanks.
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Truly amazing accomplishments, especially considering the period. Now I need to get a Bruce signed note. I checked a couple candidate notes in my collection (series where his signature was one of the combos), but neither were signed by him. When I get one, I will probably opt for a note well under $14K. Maybe the series 1880 $1 U.S. note is a good choice...although the $2 education note with his signature would be pretty sweet.
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