- This work caused an uproar when exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1889, leading a critic to claim that the currency and stamps were real.
- Haberle’s painted imitations were so good that he was even investigated by the Secret Service for alleged counterfeiting.
- The artist was among the foremost trompe l’oeil, or “fool the eye,” painters around the turn of the twentieth century.
From the artist to Marvin Preston, Detroit, Michigan; by inheritance to his grandson, Marvin Preston. (Sally Turner Gallery, Plainfield, New Jersey). Jo Ann and Julian Ganz, Jr. in 1974. Paul and Ruth Buchanan, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2002 (2002.225).