Civil War-dated Riggs & Co. bank check, 7.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lincoln as president, "A. Lincoln," payable to Self for $50, November 18, 1864. In fine condition. Lincoln had opened an account at Riggs & co. shortly before Civil War hostilities began and only weeks after future Confederate President Jefferson Davis closed his own account at the bank and headed south. Ten days before filling out this check, Lincoln was reelected to the White House by a huge electoral majority, taking 221 votes to George B. McClellan's 21 votes. Lincoln's presidential checks against Riggs & Co.—the premier Washington D.C. bank at this time—are far rarer than his pre-presidential Springfield checks, and are worth substantially more signed as president.
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