ANCHORAGE — Jess Lipka was exhilarated at the chance of owning the rare $5 bill, even though his winning bid of nearly $247,000 terrified him.
“It’s a lot of money,” the 51-year-old Flemington, N.J., man said Tuesday. “I have to move around a lot of things and figure out how to cover it.”
But he was determined to have the century-old note issued through the First National Bank of Fairbanks. Thus his steep bid at an auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions last week at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.