Recently I purchased a large lot of Revenue Stamps mostly the 1898 Series.
Mixed in the lot, there was a small stack of bank checks, but my bid wasn't based on these bank checks, only the loose Commerce Issue with CDS and readable cancels.
So, was checking the bank checks out this morning and found this one.
Cancelled on the date Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt's Famous Attack in Cuba. On 16 Jan 2001 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for the Battle of San Juan Hill, Santiago, Cuba. This was 82 years after he died.
In addition, this check and the R164 were both dated 1 July 1898, along with the rubber stamped banking cancel. First date these revenue stamps were required.
So, you just never know what you find in lots!