Extraordinary partly-printed DS, signed twice, “Alphonse Capone,” one page, 8.75 x 3, November 18, 1926. An interest note for "Loan No. 6223," in part: "Due to the order of Ourselves…$45.00 in gold coin of the United States of America of the present standard of weight and fineness, on the 18th day of May A.D. 1927 without grace, at the office of Lawndale National Bank in the City of Chicago…with interest after maturity until paid, at the rate of seven percent, per annum, being for an installment of interest on our principal and note No. 5. being of even date herewith for the sum of $1500.00." Signed at the conclusion by Al Capone, his mother Theresa Capone, and his wife Mae Capone, and also endorsed on the reverse by all three. Encapsulated in a plastic PSA/DNA authentication and grading holder, evaluating the autograph on the front of the document as “MINT 9.” In fine to very fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity and grading from PSA/DNA.
Capone rose to prominence throughout the 1920s, making a name for himself as a leader of the Chicago underworld. Increasingly implicated in the corruption of political, law enforcement, and labor officials, he was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment, serving part of his sentence on Alcatraz. His autograph is scarce in any format, and this remarkable twice-signed document would be the 'kingpin' of any collection of 20th-century Americana.
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