It has been some fifty years since a hair clip variety of the 15 cent Liberty fractional has been seen. This note has been verified by RCGS and has achieved a grade of Gem 66. The 'hairpin' can be seen just under and between the second and third star running from a 'ne to sw' in direction. This can be seen quite clearly in the above image.
This subvariety was first noted by Limpert in his List of 1947 on page 30 of his listing. "The outstanding rarity of D17, in my estimation, is when there is a 'clasp' shown from the second largest star of the coronet, going obliquely (ne to sw) over the hair to the brow above the right eye of the Vignette of Columbia. I mention the variety myself and am offering $25 for another one like it, just to acertain if there are any more around"
In an earlier post, I listed what I considered to be the essential fractional currency reference books. But in order to have a truly useful reference library, it's necessary to include catalogs and price lists from the major sales of fractional currency. Listed below are the catalogs I've found most useful in my study and collection of fractional currency. These catalogs have proved invaluable in determining true rarity, condition census, and pedigree information.
As some of you know I am doing research for a book on the Consolidated Fund Notes of the Republic of Texas. In conducting this research I have been able to dig up the answers to several questions that have vexed researchers on ROT materials down through the years.
One of the puzzles has been the story behind Crisswell TX CF-13 notes. These were Consolidated Fund notes that are in a totally different format from the majority of the CF notes. Among the major differences is the fact that they have no printed value. The valuations were handwritten in at the time of issuance.
Pierre Fricke writes:
We wrote the book to provide a view of how people
collected Confederate paper money over the years in a complete context ordered by time with vignettes of the people, collections, books, auctions, dealers, events as a backdrop - including touching on related areas such as CSA "coins", Southern States paper money and CSA Bonds.
We also wanted a book to put the condition census of rare notes and provenance in context which is included on the DVD. There are also many other collecting tools such as checklists, exhibit lists, old auction catalogs' CSA sections, recent auction results and 7 years' worth of my blog articles on the DVD.