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By Peter Huntoon, Bank Note Reporter
February 03, 2014

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When I spotted this proof the first thing I had to do was catch my breath. The next thing I did was wonder why no New Yorker ever requested a look at it. You guys just aren’t using your imaginations. Here’s a dynamite bank name and town all rolled into one from an early series where the total issue was pocket change. This is from an 50-50-50-100 1882 Date Back plate from which 12 sheets were issued. Sure, it was preceded by 240 look-alike sheets of 50-100 Date Backs so you all have a wallet full of them, right? Obviously no 1882 notes are reported from the bank yet. Haven’t you wondered what they looked like? Saranac Lake technically is a village that has a population of about 5,500. It is an exclusive tourist destination these days and hosts the Adirondack Scenic Railway. In days gone by it was famous for Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium, a high end place to go for a tuberculosis cure. Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, the first Filipino president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines whose portrait is on Philippine paper money, died there Aug. 1, 1944 of the disease. Saranace Lake is in the northern part of the Adirondack Park, the largest park in the United States, a forest preserve established by the state of New York in 1892. Get a life. Ask to see that dream note you have always wondered about.

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