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Outstanding 1860 Abraham Lincoln Signed Check
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $14,100
Check signed by Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States. Collectors have long prized checks of famous people and historical figures. Baseball Hall of Famers, musicians, and politicians are just a few of the areas of great collecting interest in checks, which have always been popular in part because of the inherent authenticity afforded by a canceled check, and in part because checks are fascinating documents that lend themselves to collecting and are so much more substantial than signatures in many other forms. Checks of presidents in particular have always been very popular but are naturally very rare. Even a check from relatively modern presidents are rare and extremely valuable. Abraham Lincoln checks have always been one of the "Holy Grails" of presidential check collecting and a key rarity to any presidential check run. Fewer than one hundred examples are known to exist. Not only are they extremely rare, but any authentic Lincoln signed document has a universal appeal that transcends presidential collecting. Presented is a outstanding example that dates from the key election year of 1860.
The printed check, dated February 1, 1860, and drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, is made out to "J. S. Condell" in the amount of $48.03. It is boldly signed "A. Lincoln" in black fountain pen (grading "10") at the bottom. Printed by Richards & Smith, as noted along the base. A railroad vignette decorates the left border. This check was signed just three months prior to Lincoln's receiving the 1860 Presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. Also of note is that this check was written just twenty-seven days before Lincoln delivered his famous Cooper Union Address on February 27, 1860, at Cooper Union, in New York City. It was this famous speech, in which Lincoln elaborated his views on slavery, that many scholars cite as being responsible for Lincoln's nomination and election. John S. Condell was the brother of Thomas Condell, a Springfield, Illinois, banker who was a prominent Republican supporter of Lincoln during the 1860 campaign. Lincoln became very friendly with the Condell family through his wife, Mary Todd, whose family had known the Condells many years prior to their marriage. This check is one of the very best Lincoln checks that were discovered in a famous find years ago containing several dozen checks, representing the most extraordinary find of Lincoln checks in history. The offered check, which was sold at Sotheby's in New York, was one of the finest examples of the find, and in fact is one of the finest of all examples in existence both with regard to condition and quality of Lincoln's signature. Whether as a key to a presidential check collection, a signature example of Abraham Lincoln dating from the year of his election, or a personal memento of one of America's most important and revered figures, this check is both an extraordinary store of value and potential family keepsake that transcends the world of collectibles. The check (7.625 x 2.25 inches) displays a tiny spindle hole in the center and a very neat cancellation perforation that do not detract in the least from its Near Mint appearance. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $14,100
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