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Santa Is SO Money! Rare ca 1800s Santa Claus Obsolete Currency



Merry Christmas!

Remember my earlier post about obsolete currency with those neat Lazy Deuces on them? I just love this Lazy Deuce with the Santa Claus vignette.
A number of Northern states designated Christmas as a state holiday in the mid 1800s. Since banks often chose vignettes that would lead customers to have faith in the bank, it is not surprising that Santa Claus vignettes were chosen by some banks to help acquire confidence and goodwill. The banks may have also hoped that customers would set a lower denomination note aside as a keepsake due to the Santa vignette as well. The vignettes found in this collection portray both the thinner Dutch version of Sinterklaas as well as the more Americanized version.
Read more about Santa on banknotes here at Heritage Auctions.
And more info here.

And here's a Lazy Tres!

New York, NY- Saint Nicholas Bank $5 Haxby UNL Proof



New York, NY- Saint Nicholas Bank $5 Haxby UNL Proof

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New York, NY- Knickerbocker Bank of the City of New York $2 G4a Proof









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