Greg,
I am attaching the NY spreadsheet below.
1. I added the ~27 face different NY notes from the 1997 Spink sale (a division of Christie’s). I added a column (Other Auctions) and used an “S” for this sale. I left Christie’s blank in this column. The Spink sale supposedly came from the British ABNC archives. Almost all of these notes were the Haxby plate notes for these proofs. This makes sense since I believe he lives in Canada and might have easy access to the archives there.
2. I added several columns for other denominations.
3. I could not find any NY notes in the two 2007 Harmers sales.
4. I have not done Christie’s 11/1990 sale since I do not have the catalog.
5. I have added several lots to the other states that were sold as part of the NY lots. In order to forestall potential miscounting, I have noted the lot number that these came from in the “notes” column.
6. I have added all of the NY proofs listed in Haxby. These are indicated by the light yellow background in the spreadsheet cells. Some of the yellow cells that indicate Haxby proofs also have numbers in them. These numbers refer to the Christie number of proofs only. That is, I have not added any “numbers” from Haxby to avoid double counting. I do not know how many proof notes Haxby saw of each variety or how many of these were sold in Christie’s auction. Notice that most of the yellow boxes are blank, that is, these proofs were NOT in the Christie sales.
7. I have verified one of my suppositions that Haxby only reported Proofs if he did not have an issued note to illustrate or report. This was determined by his (and Christie’s) sheet reports of proofs. For example, Haxby would report a full sheet (X numbers) with denominations of say $1, 2, 3 and he would show an issued $1 note but reported proofs for the $2 and $3. Thus the number of face different proofs known to Haxby are under reported in his catalog.
8. I have not yet added the recent sales of printing plates. As I previously mentioned this could help in determining whether modern pulls of the plates could exist. Guess what, the recent issue (3/2008) of “Paper Money” has an article on a “doityourself” printing press utilizing these plates to create vignette prints. The results are probably distinguishable from the real thing. However, there are probably spider presses out there that could do a much better job!?
9. At the bottom of the NY spreadsheet I summarize some of the numbers a. Christie’s has about 330 NY lots. b. Christie’s lists about 3400 total proofs for NY. c. This comes to about 10 proof notes per lot. d. Of these almost 1100 are “face different” (including “small” difference like imprints, protectors, etc.). e. Haxby lists another ~650 face different proofs that are not in Christie’s. f. This means that there are at least 1750 face different proofs for NY. Probably some more because of 7 above. g. There are about 200 notes that are listed in both Haxby and Christie’s. h. Thus Christie’s sale more than doubles the number of known “face different” proofs. We have no idea how many of the Haxbylisted proofs (1988) were sold at Christie’s (1990). i. Maybe this means that there are about 6000 total proofs available from NY?
10. As far as denominations go, including the Haxby listed proofs: a. I recorded 25 different dollar denominations of $1, 1.25, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 14, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 3000, 5000 and 7 fractionals of 6.25, 12.5, 25, 37.5, 50, 75, and 87.5 cents. The latter corresponds to ½, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 bits. No 5 bits? Most of the odd numbers are only mentioned in the “notes” column. b. I was surprised that there were no $200 proofs. I have not checked if NY issued any $200 notes. There also were no $7 and $9 proofs. c. I was also surprised that there was only one $4 proof. This was a scrip note (Harris H184) issued by Rathbun in Buffalo. I posted an issued version of this $4 note in the $4 thread. Besides this note, NY issued only 3 other $4 notes. d. As expected, the $1 is the most common at about 330 face different proofs followed closely behind by the $5, 2, and 10. There were about 175 $3 proofs.
11. The NY section in Haxby covers about 460 pages, about 17% of the total number of pages in Haxby. a. A quick check indicates that Haxby lists about 25 notes per page on average. b. This implies a total of about 11,000 “face different” notes for NY. c. This implies that the NY proofs represent about 15% of the total number of “face different” notes (including G, C, A, S, R) issued for NY. d. I also noticed that more than about 70% of the Haxby NY notes are listed as SENC. Since a very large fraction of the Christie proofs were SENC in Haxby and since the Christie sales had about 1100 face different proofs not listed in Haxby, the Christie proofs increased the percentage of available “issued plus proof” notes to about 3540% of all known notes (Haxby numbers).
12. If one assumes that the other states have similar ratios: a. Then there are about 6070,000 Haxby numbers. b. The total number of face different proofs would be about 10,000. c. The total number of proofs might be between 30 and 40,000.
13. Proofs seldom sell for less than $100, sometimes for more than $1000. Thus the total “value” of proofs is around 515 million Dollars.
Once this effort is finished, I think that it deserves at least a letter, if not an article, in SPMC’s “Paper Money” or the IBNS journal. This would also give your Message Board much more exposure. Actually, just the existence of the Board deserves a letter.
Although the effort of entering essentially the whole Christie’s catalog into Excel is rather tedious, it has been a lot of fun looking at the results. Since no one else has volunteered to do other states, maybe I will help with a few other states that I am interested in. However, I am preparing for a talk in April and will have to slow down on this effort until the end of April.
Bernie
