Outstanding Brigham Young Signed 1849 Great Salt Lake City $1 Mormon Currency Note PCGS Certified Very Choice New-64 Premium Paper Quality
BRIGHAM YOUNG (1801-1877). Mormon Leader, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
January 20, 1849-Dated, Great Salt Lake City. One Dollar. Printed Date January 20, 1849. Signed, “B. YOUNG,” PCGS graded Very Choice New-64 Premium Paper Quality. (Rust Catalog Number 73.) Signed “G. S. L. City.” (Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory). Also signed to “N. K. WHITNEY or bearer.” Measuring 2” x 3.75”. An extraordinarily bold, vivid fresh white wove paper note with the bold brown ink signature of “B. YOUNG,” along with the co-signatures of “THO. BULLOCK” as Clerk (also the Church Mintmaster) & “H.(EBER) C. KIMBALL” below. The note itself is partially printed, on vibrant bright white paper and still retains an excellent, strong original embossing of the Mormon Seal of the Twelve Apostles at center. A truly gorgeous example Signed, “B. YOUNG.” Printed on bright white paper, printed shortly after the Mormon arrival and settling of Salt Lake City. Issued when there was a breakdown in the minting of Mormon Gold coins in December 1848 and the paper currency was meant to fill the void until minting of coins resumed. Printed on the press made by Truman Angel, the Church architect. The last “B. Young” signed note on this issue we offered was in our EAHA Auction, May 17, 2008, a $3 Denomination graded Superb Gem CU, which sold for $5,310.
Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named “Great Salt Lake City” -- the word “great” was dropped from the official name in 1868. The city’s population continued to swell with an influx of Mormon converts and Gold Rush gold seekers, making it one of the most populous cities in the American West.