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I have four of these warrants received by my great uncle in September of 1948. He still has original letter and envelope. It is a profile of Lincoln from Governor Dwight H. Green. It says this warrant is your share in the distribution of an appreciation fund. There is nothing on the back of these and there is no amount. I have been trying to find them everywhere and can't seem to find out if they have any value. I have seen appreciation cards on the internet, but they don't look like the ones I have.

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  1. heather n, 3 years ago
    I have recently found my Grandfather's certificate as well. Have discovered any more about these warrants?
  2. solver, 3 years ago
    The only ones I found were older than yours since they were signed by Andrew Russell, the Auditor of the State of Illinois 1917-1925.

    Dwight H. Green was governor 1941-1949 and as you said, your great uncle received it in 1948.

    I wasn't able to find any history about the warrant and the only sale I found was for the older one that sold in 2006 for $30.00. Since you do have the original letter and envelope, that would add value. If you have any desire to sell them, I suggest you send photos to Heritage Auctions and get an auction estimate for their next currency sale.

    Here is the 2006 sale:
    http://currency.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=36062&lotNo=22183

    As a side note, Russell's bio on the Illinois Controller's website is really amusing. It says "Andrew Russell, the 16th Illinois Auditor, died in prison after a long career in politics and banking."
    http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/history/#RUSSELL

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