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Banknote Reporter December 2019

The the most comprehensive monthly source of news and information on bank notes and all related fiscal paper. Each issue of Bank Note Reporter includes market values, calendar listings, news briefs, price guides, historical articles on paper money and why certain notes were created. Reports on the people, events and history that have contributed to this hobby make for fascinating reading. For both the new enthusiasts and the veteran collectors.

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8 min.
from water at blue earth to waterville, minnesota

As has been the case for the past few months, a new addition to my collection of National Bank Notes is the impetus for this month’s article. One of the many fun things connected with collecting National Bank Notes is the ability to learn about the town from which the note emanated its history, and the actual bank building. This month’s addition to my collection will take us to Minnesota, a state that I have not previously written about. There are many states that interest me in my collecting interests and some that do not. The reasons are purely subjective, some because I have never visited the state, others too vague to explain. Minnesota was one of those states. I have never visited it, and had no Minnesota notes in my…

5 min.
new edition of jim book full of great information

The Collector’s Guide to Japanese Invasion Money, Second Edition, by Gregory Hale. Includes photos, descriptions and values of Japanese Invasion Money from World War II. Printed in Australia, 2019. Soft cover, large octavo, 212 pages, illustrations in color. Author’s website: www.japaneseinvasionmoney.com. Original cost $45 Australian. To acquire this book, I suggest you contact the author before doing anything else. A first edition was published in 2014; I never saw a copy, so my knowledge of the amount of improvement from that one to this is based solely on what various individuals have told me. I understand that it is very substantive. This catalog is special in a way that I have not encountered very often. It’s one thing to provide background details about a given subject, but quite another to infuse emotional…

2 min.
‘tis the season for santa bank notes

The last live U.S. Currency auction of the year for Stack’s Bowers Galleries contained several great notes. What captivated my attention was a special collection of “Santa Claus” notes in obsolete currency. This group was curated by the beloved Dottie Freeman, who the currency collecting family lost last spring. Santa Claus notes are always sought-after, and the supply is generally short of the demand. Winning bidder’s eyes will be twinkling through the upcoming holiday season because of these nostalgic notes: Lot# 10020 was an 1854 $50 Proof from Bucksport, Maine. This PMG Choice Uncirculated 63, has a Type-III Santa Claus vignette seen at center. The note shows three dogs at bottom left and a Native American with bow and arrows at right. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the note sold for $3,600. Lot# 10024…

10 min.
new salem, pennsylvania—things are not as they appear

Shown are proofs from two banks in New Salem, Pa. Or are they? Observe that the BEP siderographers even used the roll lifted from the same engraving to lay in the tombstone on both title blocks. New Salem even appears in script opposite the plate date in the title blocks on both proofs. There is a problem here. The Delmont National Bank is located in Westmoreland County 29 miles east of Pittsburgh whereas The First National Bank is in Fayette County 38 miles to the south. So, what gives? Place names are essential to us in order that we may place ourselves in space and navigate through it. They also impart on us a significant part of our identity. We adopt all sorts of place names that serve many different purposes. Some define…

2 min.
proof of the month

The most elusive proof or specimen from the national bank note series is the back of an Original/1875 series $1,000. An issued note remains unreported. Mated face and back specimens, attributed to the Treasury Department of a Series of 1875 $1,000 from The First National Bank of Salem, Massachusetts, charter 407, a bank that received 60 sheets of 500-1,000 notes, is illustrated in the Friedberg and Hessler/ Chambliss catalogs. The face carries A000-000 serials and a large, round unscalloped Treasury seal centered over the bank title block. I have never seen it in the flesh. It is very doubtful that the large seal was used on issued notes because the known Carter/Shiva Series of 1875 note from The First National Bank of the City of New York carries the standard…

1 min.
reader’s showcase

There is nothing quite like landing a national from the town where you were raised, particularly if it turns out to be the first of its kind in the census. Gerald Dzara reeled in this very attractive Perryopolis note under exactly these conditions. It is the first type 2 $10 reported from the bank. Perryopolis is located 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh along the Youghioheny River. The town was built on land purchased by George Washington with its core laid out as designed by Washington in the shape of a wagon wheel with a flagpole at its center. The bank building used to be on what is now a parking lot south-southeast of the flagpole. Perryopolis was named for Commander Oliver Perry who was victorious over the British on Sept.…