GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - There's a possible piece of Grand Junction history for sale on eBay and for around $50,000, it can be yours.
It's a $10 bill and printed on it, it says, "Mesa County National Bank of Grand Junction."
Zebulon Miracle, curator of anthropology for the Museum of Western Colorado says a $10 bill printed over 100 years ago for a bank in Mesa County would be a rare thing. "With that bill that's on eBay right now, we're able to go through to see there was a Mesa County National Bank and we were able to see that currency was issued at that time. So odds are goods it's authentic, it's plausible," says Miracle.
The bill's owner, Jess Lipka, says it's absolutely real, "Well, I've been doing this all my life, this is 100 percent genuine."
Living in New Jersey, Lipka says he started collecting bills like the one he's selling over 30 years ago. "When I was a kid my two hobbies were coins and geography. National bank notes were the ultimate combination of those two hobbies," says Lipka.
Lipka says the notes were printed by the government for each bank. "Well on this particular bank, collectors know of five notes, but only two of them are the red seal variety and the other one is much, much lower grade than this," Lipka says of the bill he's selling.
Lipka say he bought the note for $30,000 back in 2002. He's selling it now so he can continue to collect other rare bills.
However, experts say anyone interested in spending the $50,000 might want to make a trip to Jersey to see it in person. "For example, we get a lot of Confederate currency in here and people are sure it's worth a fortune but unfortunately it's a reproduction or not nearly as valuable as they think it is," says Miracle.
Lipka tells 11News it's legit. But either way, the century old cash is stirring up some curiosity. "The Museum is very interested in it just in that it's something that we've never seen it before. This would be a unique piece of local history," says Miracle.
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