$2 1918 Federal Reserve Bank Note
Signatures from Elliot, Burke, White, Biggs
Battleships rank amongst one of the most popular pieces of US Paper Money. This note affectionately earns its nickname from the back design of a beautifully engraved image of the USS New York, the lead ship in the U.S. Navy’s New York Class of battleships. Commissioned in 1914, she went on to see action in both World War I and World War II.
The New York was the only American ship to sink a German U-Boat during the First World War, and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during the Second World War. She provided support to General George Patton’s troops near Casablanca during the Operation Torch Invasion of North Africa in 1942, and later delivered gunfire support from 1944-1945 during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Classified as obsolete after the Second World War, the New York survived the nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946, and was finally sunk as a target in 1948. A product of the Brooklyn shipyards, she is fondly remembered as “The Old Lady of the Sea” for her long and venerable service to her country and allies.
While the historical relevance is alluring, the note's appearance and affordability present a perfect, problem-free selection with deep and beautiful inks.
PCGS-Banknote EF 40