Old Money from The First National Bank Of Fairbury | 1987
The First National Bank Of Fairbury
The First National Bank Of Fairbury in Illinois printed $299,430 dollars worth of national currency. That is a pretty standard output. However, some types of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1872 and stopped printing money in 1910, which equals a 39 year printing period. That is a fairly normal lifespan for a national bank. During its life, The First National Bank Of Fairbury issued 8 different types and denominations of national currency. We have examples of the types listed below. Your bank note should look similar. Just the bank name will be different. For the record, The First National Bank Of Fairbury was located in Livingston County. It was assigned charter number 1987.
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The First National Bank Of Fairbury in Illinois issued 1,500 sheets of $1 original series national bank notes. A print range between 1,000 and 2,500 is small. Combine that with something that was printed before 1875 and you can imagine that these notes are few and far between. One of the most interesting things about early first charter one dollar national bank notes is all of the different slight variations you can find. Some notes have a red charter number, others do not. Some have red serial numbers and some have blue serial numbers. Some are printed on white paper and others are printed on paper with a slight blue tint. You can really find lots of different ways to collect these. Generally speaking, prices for “first charter aces” are down from their highs. So there are some bargains in this arena of collecting.
Original Series $1 National Bank Note
The First National Bank Of Fairbury printed 1,500 sheets of $2 original series national bank notes. It is important to know production numbers for original series two dollar bills for informational purposes. All $2 bills printed before 1875 are very rare and highly desirable. Most survivors represent the only known example for that bank. Collectors call these $2 bills lazy deuces. The large two on the face of the bill is pictured horizontally, thus making it look lazy. Don’t be fooled by the silly name though. These can be worth significant amounts of money on many occasions.
Original Series $2 National Bank Note
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 3,375 sheets of $5 original series national bank notes. It is actually pretty standard for an early national bank to have a sheet output range between 2,500 and 5,000. The exact value of a bill is still going to be based on the number of notes known and the condition of each bank note. Each five dollar original series bank note has a spiked red seal. That is pretty much the only design difference between it and later issues. These are really beautiful notes. One neat thing about these is that the back of each note has a vignette of the corresponding state seal. Some of the state seals are very imaginative. Collecting by state seal was very popular early on in the hobby. Today most collectors are more concerned about bank of issue and condition. Serial number one bank notes are also extremely popular.
Original Series $5 National Bank Note
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 4,119 sheets of $5 series of 1875 national bank notes. Hundreds of banks had sheet outputs between 2,500 and 5,000. That is pretty typical for a medium sized national bank in the 1870s. Series of 1875 $5 bills are some of the most commonly encountered bank notes from the first charter series. Only the original series $1 bill is more available. Some banks exclusively issued five dollar bills. So if you want an example from one of those banks then you don’t have many options. These notes have a rounded red seal and red serial numbers. They also all have a red charter number.
Series of 1875 $5 National Bank Note
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 926 sheets of $50 1882 brown back national bank notes. Fifty dollar 1882 brown backs are few and far between. When the print number is under 1,000 like this bank then there is a great chance that you have a very rare bank note. The most common 1882 $50 brown backs are worth about $5,000. However, some can be worth more than $10,000 based on condition, serial number, and bank of issue.
Series of 1882 $50 Brown Back
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 926 sheets of $100 1882 brown back national bank notes. High denomination $50 and $100 brown backs were printed on the same sheet. So the number of sheets printed also equals the number bills printed for each denomination. You can see that $100 brown backs are extremely scarce on this bank. We are very interested in purchasing $100 1882 brown back national bank notes. We have paid more than $15,000 for some examples. Send us pictures of what you have and we will respond quickly with an appraisal and offer.
Series of 1882 $100 Brown Back
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 21 sheets of $50 1882 blue seal national bank notes. High denomination 1882 blue seals like this are not frequently encountered, regardless of the number of notes printed. There is a big difference between the two types of 1882 $50 blue seals. The variety that says “1882-1908” on the back is rare, but no where near as rare at the type that says “Fifty Dollars.” The second variety is extremely rare and only about a half dozen are known to exist. The first type should still be worth at least $4,000. The second type is a five figure rarity though.
1882 Blue Seal $50 National Bank Note
The First National Bank Of Fairbury also printed 21 sheets of $100 1882 blue seal national bank notes. The number of sheets printed doesn’t matter too much here. All 1882 $100 blue seals are rare. They were issued by a total of 256 total national banks in the country. The rare 1882 value backs were only printed by banks in Dayton, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana. The slightly more common date backs are much more plentiful but still rare in the scheme of things.
1882 Blue Seal $100 National Bank Note