An admission ticket to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. The Handel is the scarcest of the admission ticket types. Only 100,000 Handel Tickets were printed compared to 1,500,000 for each of the four common ticket types. This high grade specimen is certified Gem New 66 PPQ by PCGS Currency. It is tied for finest graded by PCGS. A total of 17 tickets have graded Gem New 66 and none have graded higher! This is serial number 98797 which is close to the highest serial number known. These are seldom encountered in high grade.
The World’s Columbian Exposition was held in the ‘White City’ on the south side of Chicago from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893. It was perhaps the premier event of the late 19th century in the United States. The fairgrounds were built up around a man made lagoon designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmstead just off the Lake Michigan shoreline. This created a Venice-like effect. Handel, who was the composer of ‘Water Music’ was chosen for a ticket design to exemplify this ‘city on the water’.