Category Archives: National Bank Notes

Stack’s Bowers Offers Jewell City, Kansas $5 Circus Poster Note in Nov. 2020 Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A new-to-the-market Circus Poster format $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Jewell City, Kansas is being offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2020 United States Currency Auction. Seven different Kansas towns issued $5 Brown Backs with the circus poster design. Those […]

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Eight PMG-Certified Paper Money Lots Each Realize Over $100,000 at Heritage Sale

An impressive eight lots certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) each realized over $100,000 in the Heritage Auctions US Currency Signature Auction held on August 3, 2020. They included three uncut sheets from the outstanding Monarch Collection as well as five high-denomination Federal Reserve Notes. In fact, 23 of the top 25 lots were certified […]

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PMG Certifies the ‘Holy Grail’ of Uncut Currency

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) recently certified a group of seven of the greatest uncut sheets of US banknotes in existence. The seven sheets highlight the Monarch Collection, a phenomenal collection of US paper money carefully curated by a collector decades ago, before the advent of paper money certification. The centerpiece of the Monarch Collection is […]

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Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction Realizes Over $1.5 Million

Official Auction of the 2019 Whitman Winter Expo Brings a Total of More Than $19 million The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo saw $1,510,700 in rare United States paper money trade hands between its Thursday, November 14 evening live session in Baltimore and the Tuesday, November 19 […]

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Newly Discovered Santa Maria, CA Serial Number 1 Red Seal Offered in Stack’s Bowers ANA Sale

New Santa Maria Note Added to Sale​   By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature in our Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money the first Red Seal to come forward from the First National Bank of Santa Maria, California. This offering is […]

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Report on making currency in 1877

A remarkable report documents the steps involved in handling currency sheets as they passed through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1877 on their way to becoming notes. The value of this report is twofold. First, it precisely lays out the order in which the various items were printed on the sheets

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Attractive notes from rural Kansas

By Mark Hotz
February was quite the cold and snowy month across much of the country. While we in Baltimore shivered at temperatures below 20 degrees, much of the country suffered much worse. One can hardly imagine living in Iowa with temperatures below -20 degrees Fahrenheit

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Goldfield notes never circulated

By Peter Huntoon
I profiled the 150 sheets of 10-10-10-20 brown backs sent to The First National Bank of Goldfield, Iowa – the only notes the bankers received – in my April 2018 “Proof of the Month” column because those 600 notes represented the fifth-smallest total sent to an Iowa bank during the note-issuing era and because Goldfield is such an unexpected town name for Iowa.
Steve Sweeney, co-author of Iowa National Bank Notes, advised that he thought none of the notes were put into circulation. I dug out the ledger page for the bank at the National Archives and confirmed that he was correct

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Anderson Collection Part IV Auction Realizes Nearly $8 Million at Whitman Baltimore Expo

Series of Four Anderson Banknote Collection Sales Realizes Total of $34,126,980 The Stack’s Bowers Galleries February 28 offering of Part IV of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money in Baltimore achieved nearly $8 million. Online bidders competed with those in the room for 54 lots in this final offering, bringing the […]

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Notes reflect small-town Ohio history

By Mark Hotz
I hope everyone is enjoying a pleasant beginning to 2019. For this month’s column, we’re going to visit Ohio, one of the so-called “rustbelt” states where many small towns have fallen on hard times.
Amesville, Ohio, is a village in Athens County in south central Ohio, about 10 miles northeast of Athens, the home of Ohio University

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Cash awards for top exhibits

Exhibitors will compete for cash prizes at the International Paper Money Show June 13-16 in Kansas City, Mo.
Top prize will be $250 for the Best of Show. Winners in each of five classes will receive $100

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From Iowa Nationals to Matchstick Masterpieces

This photo shows the 12 boys from Bayard, Iowa, who found the “Boys’ Hidden Treasure,” from where the author’s tattered Gladbrook note hailed.
By Mark Hotz
I found myself flipping through my Nationals collection the other week, and I came across a few Iowa notes that reminded me of visits I had made to their towns more than a decade ago. I thought it would be fun to revisit those towns since they were pretty interesting

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Online database of national bank presidents, cashiers debuts

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The August 26, 2018, issue of The E-Sylum, the online weekly publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society edited by Wayne Homren, contained an announcement from Newman Numismatic Portal project coordinator Len Augsburger that the portal had just received a huge accession from Andrew Pollock III pertaining to National Bank Notes.
The announcement revealed that Pollock had compiled a complete yearly listing of the bank presidents and cashiers that he abstracted from the annual reports of the Comptroller of the Currency for all 14,348 national banks chartered through 1935.
Whoa, this was beyond belief! National Bank Note collectors have been dreaming about a compilation of that data for decades, but the task was so huge that it had never been accomplished

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Fill your Christmas list with paper money books

By Bill Brandimore
If you’d like books for Christmas, show this to your significant other. If you like Obsolete notes, Don Kelly has published a book this year, Obsolete Paper Money: A Guide with Prices, which covers all the states in the union. Another of his books, National Bank Notes: A Guide with Prices, seems to be the standard since the last issue of Hickman Oakes a number of years ago

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Archives International to Offer US, Chinese and World Banknotes, Scripophily at Milestone 50th Auction

The auction will be held by Archives International Auctions in NYC and their offices in Fort Lee, N.J. Archives International Auction’s (AIA) December “50th Milestone Auction” scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, December 3-4, consists of over 1,150 lots of rare and desirable banknotes, scripophily, Presidential autographs, and historic Ephemera. Featured will be an extensive collection […]

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The Rate of Discovery of National Bank Notes

By Peter Huntoon
Lee Lofthus’ important article “Are there more nationals to find?” in the December 2012 Bank Note Reporter ignited interest in what remains in the weeds. His calculations indicated that depending on how you cook the numbers, between 10 and 25 percent of the outstanding nationals based on Treasury estimates had been reported in the National Currency Foundation census by 2012. He was basing that estimate on the fact that 245,919 notes had been recorded in the census as of August 2012

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Newly discovered note with 14000-charter number

By Peter Huntoon
Cory Williams, who logs notes into the National Currency Foundation census, alerted me to this newly discovered note with a 14000-charter number from a previously unreported bank. Any time one of these discoveries comes along, it creates excitement.

A very popular pursuit by collectors for as long as I have been around is to obtain a note from all the issuing 14000-charter numbered banks

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Rarities come from colorful banks

By Mark Hotz
For this month, I chose two unrelated towns based on interesting notes in my collection of National Currency. Accordingly, we will be visiting two of these towns, one in Ohio and one in West Virginia.
Our first visit will be to Belmont, Ohio, a village located in Belmont County, Ohio, approximately 20 miles west southwest of Wheeling, W

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U.S. Currency – Nevada Issued Paper Money

By Allen Rowe  – Northern Nevada Coin …… In 1863 the National Banking Act birthed forward a new type of currency in the United States. These notes were issued by the government for National banks. A National Bank put United States Bonds on deposit with the Treasury Department and then had notes printed against that deposit. […]

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Chinese, US & World Banknotes, Coins & Scripophily at Archives International Auctions Sale 48

By Archives International Auctions …… Archives International Auctions is holding a public auction of U.S., Chinese & World banknotes, scripophily and coins on Wednesday, May 23 in 2 sessions. SESSION 1 – (Lots 1 to 543): Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Coins and Scripophily – Beginning at 10:30 AM Local Time SESSION 2 – (Lots 544 […]

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Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Currency Auction Realizes More Than $10.3 Million

The four sessions of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ much-anticipated Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo realized $10,440,026 USD (all prices include the buyer’s fee). Thursday night, March 22, featured the landmark Joel R. Anderson Collection Part I during which 64 lots realized an astounding $7,912,140. Seven lots from that collection each […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Coins & Currency with Passion

Assembling a set of Kentucky banknotes was a challenge and a joy for this coin dealer By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Each year for the last few decades, I have bought and sold millions of dollars’ worth of rare coins. I have had the privilege of handling a lot of great […]

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Iconic & Artistic Large Size US Banknotes

Large Size US Paper Money offers historical importance unmatched by any other trade Large size American currency is fascinating in its use of imagery on its banknotes. From 1861 through the Series of 1923, collectors enjoy a history lesson through artistic renditions of our past. Throughout today’s libraries, universities, museums, and parks, the same history […]

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Q. David Bowers – Focus on Finest Known Rare $100 Date Back Iowa National Bank Note

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Momentum builds for our forthcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types. Part 1 will cross the block at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week(!), always one of the top shows of the year. The notes will […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of U.S. Paper Money

With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of Large Size United States paper money types in existence today. It is rivaled only by great collections of generations ago that have long since been dispersed, including those […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 3, 2017: Bitcoin Bound and the RCM Counterfeit Gold Mystery

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 3, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) The Ideal Auction Preston McAfee, Chief Economist at Microsoft, explains the different kinds of auctions, how they work, what the pros and cons are, and why we don’t have auctions for everything we buy. Truly fascinating stuff. But where it gets deep […]

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Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction Now Open for Bidding

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo is now online and open for bidding. The auction, which will be held live Thursday, November 9, will offer nearly 700 lots of paper money covering the full spectrum United […]

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AIA U.S. & World Banknote, Scripophily Sale #42 Tomorrow, June 15

The auction will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Archives International Auctions On behalf of the entire Archives International Auctions (AIA) team, I would like to personally welcome you to the 42nd auction we have held over the last 10 years. We are excited to offer close to 1,100 lots of rare and desirable […]

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Paper Money Auctions – First National Bank of Medicine Lodge, Kansas Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer for the first time to the collecting community an incredible serial number 1 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Medicine Lodge, Kansas in the upcoming Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo. […]

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ANA: Orlando National Money Show Quickly Approaching

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Orlando National Money Show is quickly approaching and promises to be the country’s premier coin show this spring. The convention takes place March 9-11 in West Hall E at the Orange County Convention Center, located at 9800 International Drive. The three-day National Money Show features nearly 500 numismatic dealers with […]

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$100 Million of Numismatic National Treasures & “Funny Money” to be Displayed In Orlando

A nickel valued at $3 million and misprinted currency are among the attractions at the family-friendly National Money Show®, March 9-11 The public can see more than $100 million of historic rare coins and colorful currency including a famous $3 million nickel, currency that was mistakenly misprinted with upside down serial numbers and other errors, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Official ANA World’s Fair Paper Money Auction on August 10

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official paper money auction at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday August 10 in Anaheim, California. The sale is chock full of new National Bank Note discoveries, high grade rarities, ultra-high denominations, and the most important Military Payment Certificate collection ever […]

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