Possibly one of the hardest small size star notes to obtain...
I cannot believe how difficult and expensive it is to obtain all of the small size gold certificate star notes! It was not too hard to find the $10 and $20 gold stars respectively in VF condition. They seem to pop up all over the internet auction world, at least in the lower grades. Over this past Christmas I treated myself by bidding on and winning a $50 gold certificate star, graded PMG 12. I was ecstatic when I won the note. Currently PMG lists ten graded $50 gold certificate stars in the census, with Fine 12 being the lowest graded. There is no NET grade for the note, just even circulation that is par for the grade.
Then of course there is the holy grail of small size stars, the $100 gold certificate star note. I have seen very, very few come to auction in the past five years. This just happens to be how long I have been actively collecting rare paper money. I would not call myself a new-bee, but rather a young aspiring collector. Excuse my digression. Two $100 gold stars have been auctioned off since the beginning of 2012. Both notes were subjectively graded as in fine condition, because neither were encapsulated. One sold in January for $7,500+ and the second sold in the beginning of February for a tad over $10,000. Unfortunately, that is way out of my budget. It is going to be some time before I can complete the denomination star collection for 1928 Gold Certificates. I now have three of the four notes.
They are as follows:
$10 - PMG 30 with S/N *00672267A
$20 - PMG 25 with S/N *00224150A
$50 - PMG 12 with S/N *00010348A
Until I finally land the $100 gold star, I will marvel at my current gold star collection. Please check out all of my small size golds in my registry sets.
Cheers and happy collecting to all.