GRAND OPENING & NEW DISPLAY
Ferris Coin Co. will celebrate its Grand Re-Opening in a new building at 199 Wolf Road on Nov. 1. with an 11:45 a.m. ribbon cutting and exhibit unveiling.
Ferris Coin invites the public to view its first themed display: “Capital Region Currency: A History of Money in America.” The small exhibit features a sampling of currency used in New York’s Capital Region dating from the Colonial era to present day. Many of the paper notes were printed locally and bear the names of Capital Region cities, including Albany, Schenectady, Watervliet, Hudson and Troy.
The most significant note in the Ferris Coin display is a 1902 $5 bill issued by The National City Bank of Troy (pictured above). The bill, which is in excellent condition, features a rare red seal and was printed from plate number 1A. The note is counter signed by bank Cashier Rice C. Bull, a veteran of the Civil War. Bull was wounded three times at the 1863 battle of Chancellorsville, and his diary and letters were edited by RPI professor K. Jack Bauer into the 1977 “Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull.” This book was named by the Civil War Society as one of the 100 best Civil War books ever.
The general public is welcome to view the “Capital Region Currency: A History of Money in America” display during normal business hours (free admission).
Ferris Coin is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The display will run Nov. 1 through Nov. 22.
There be a short ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Wed. Nov. 1. Local historians will be on hand to further contextualize the currency notes.
199 Wolf Road
Colonie, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 434-3860