The rarest of rare $1,000 from 1918 returns to the auction block after three decades with a $250,000 estimate

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Money can’t buy happiness, but money can buy money! A rare $1,000 Federal Reserve Note from 1918 could go under the hammer for over $250,000. The note will be part of Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency Signature Auction from September 13 to 15. The note boasting excellent quality was part of the Thomas Collup Collection and is described by the auction house as ‘one of the “finest assemblages, in terms of eye appeal and technical grades, ever handled at Heritage.”

The note hit the auction block nearly 30 years ago in the September 1997 Fall Auction. “Beautifully bright and strictly original, this is the equal of any $1,000 Federal Reserve Note that could exist. It is fresh with its embossing effect readily apparent to even the untrained eye.” read the statement. “This is an exceptional note,” stated Dustin Johnston, vice president of currency at Heritage Auctions, in a statement.

He added it is “an absolute must-have for collectors of large-denomination notes.” The Fr. 1133-D $1,000 1918 Federal Reserve Note already has a bid of $125,000 at the time of writing, with nearly two weeks to go.

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