Extremely rare ‘unicorn’ of OUR paper money that was expected to sell for $3 million

The front of the 1891 $1,000 Silver Certificate
( Stack’s Bowers Galleries )

A very rare US currency note from the late 19th century is expected to sell for $3 million when it is auctioned next year.

The 1891 $1,000 Silver Certificate is the only bill of its kind could exist in private hands, according to auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Known as the Marcy note, the bill features the portrait of former New York Governor William L. Marcy, who served as senator and as secretary of war under President James Knox Polk.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries notes that the Marcy note is sometimes considered the “unicorn” of the AMERICAN money thanks to the unique design. The bill, which has an estimated pre-sale value of $2 million and $3 million, is being offered at auction for the first time.


The note will be auctioned at the Whitman Spring Expo, which takes place in Baltimore between Feb. 28 and March 3.

The back of the note. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

Another very rare $ 1,000 bill described as the “Holy Grail of paper money” was recently sold at auction for slightly more than $2 million.

The 1890 Treasury Note is also known as the “Grand Watermelon” on account of the large green zeros on the back of the invoice. Major-General George Meade, the commander of the Union forces at the Battle of Gettysburg is displayed on the bill’s face.

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