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    1881 Gold Bond #2 from Cochise County [Tombstone], Arizona Territory. As Tombstone's population grew, so did its political power. In 1881, the Arizona Legislature established Cochise County. No longer would the nearest county office be a long two-day ride. Built in 1882 at a cost of nearly $50,000, the Cochise County Courthouse was a stylish building as well as a comfortable symbol of law and stability in those turbulent times. It housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer, and the board of supervisors. The jail was at the rear, under the courtroom. John Slaughter, the sheriff, virtually cleared the county of outlaws. This bond raised the money to build this famous landmark. It was issued to Sol Lewis (credited with establishing the first bank in Arizona, at Prescott) on September 1, 1881 and is designated bond no. 2. It has a copper filigree border around a great vignette of the courthouse, two $500 Dollars in gold coin "seals" and, at the bottom right corner, a miner with pick & shovel, printed in gold ink. There are ten interest coupons still attached, all signed by Supervisor Joseph D. Dyer. Measures 19" x 20", doubled matted and framed to an overall size of 30.5" x 32". Some minor edge roughness with minor loss at next-to-bottom fold. Housed under Tru-Vue Conservation Grade 99% UV Protection glass.

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    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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