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Russell Kaye
I left a $2000 bid on this item yesterday thinking it was a grey background shield and a pretty nice one at that. When I called this morning, I was told that it sold for $16,000! The clerk then commented, "Yeah, there were two guys on the floor who really wanted it. One said that it was the last of three that he needed to complete a set."

Then it occurred to me that this could be a pink or green background shield. When I made that comment, the clerk said, "Yeah, it was a green."

I know that the pink and green background shields aren't exactly vibrant shades but does this look like a green background shield?

https://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/3299662/fp110.cgi

https://www.auctionzip.com/Full-Image/3299662/fp109.cgi
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Steve in Tampa
Appears grey to these eyes Russell
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mikelaw
Looks green on iPhone6. Nice. Good luck.
Mike
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TennisCoach
The first picture looks grey, and the second picture looks like a bluish green/grey could go either way on that one.

I could see how at first glance this appears to be a grey shield, but it's possible it could look like a dull green in person without filters.         
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dtreter
no doubt about it...definitely green...and a very nice one too. Someone got a bargain!
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Russell Kaye
This illustrates the perils of viewing something where color is important on a screen instead of in person.

It sure looks grey on my computer and it hadn't even occurred to me that it could be green before the auction.

How many greens and pinks are known? I know that it's not many. Which is the rarer?
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dtreter
Green has a population of a dozen and pink shields  are a little more with about 2 dozen known. Grey shields are more numerous with 200-300 known.  Shields in good condition are much rarer in each of their colors due to the fact most were damaged in a flood.

If you are looking at a pink shield in original color it should be more of a lavender color like the one shown below due to it's red ink. The lighter pink shields have been damaged due to sunlight. There are only a couple of pink shields that still retain this color. The one below is mine but someone cut the border away. Heritage described it as "Pink Fractional Currency Shield. There are perhaps two dozen Pink Currency Shields in existence, and this is the seventh we've offered in our 33 sales. As with virtually all Pink and Green Shields, all four hand autographed Third Issue notes are signed by Colby and Spinner and the rare hand signed Colby-Spinner Grant-Sherman is particularly nice. The Shield has been cut around the periphery of the pink engraving and is reframed in a handsome modern wood frame. The pink background color is outstanding, and is actually more of a dark lavender than the normally seen pink. We've seen one other in this shade, and suspect that it was the original color of all the Pink Shields with the lighter toned examples having turned from exposure to light over the years. The back of the 25¢ Second Issue has faded slightly, as is virtually always the case on shields, and the dark curtain 3¢ shows some light aging. All the other notes are fully bright examples with flashy bronze and ideal color. Were it not cut down, this would be one of the very finest Pink Shields in existence.

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Russell Kaye
Are there any/many grey shields with the Colby-Spinner signatures? 

Are the pinks and greens thought to have been produced first? 

Sorry for all of the questions but I'm just curious as to how much we know about the different color backgrounds and how they came about. This may be an area where much can be learned by researching the National Archives.
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TomTomTomTom
"The green and pink shields (earliest made) have Colby Spinner autographs on all hand signed notes. The gray shields never have the Colby Spinner autographs on the Grant Sherman specimens. All shields were produced between June 1867 and June 1868. All unsold shields were destroyed in 1869"....Kravitz Guide to Fractional Currency
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YoungCollector
Russell Kaye wrote:
One said that it was the last of three that he needed to complete a set."

Then it occurred to me that this could be a pink or green background shield.


Interesting, I have never heard of anyone wanting one shield of each color.
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dtreter
I would like all three....but $$$ keeps me from doing that.
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TomTomTomTom
dtreter wrote:
I would like all three....but $$$ keeps me from doing that.


One is all my wallet will allow!
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