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Old Money from The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City | 3539

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City in New Mexico printed $609,550 dollars worth of national currency. That is a high amount, but condition and serial numbers can make otherwise common currency from this bank quite valuable. This national bank opened in 1886 and stopped printing money in 1924, which equals a 39 year printing period. That is a fairly normal lifespan for a national bank. During its life, The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City 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 Silver City National Bank Of Silver City was located in Grant County. It was assigned charter number 3539.

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The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City in New Mexico printed 2,136 sheets of $10 1882 territorial brown back national bank notes. Many territorial banks had outputs in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. The ten dollar 1882 territorial brown back was printed by more than 200 national banks, and more than 200 pieces are known to exist today. That number tends to go up by a handful each year as more are discovered. Often times the $10 territorial was the first and lowest denomination a bank received. About a dozen #1 specimens are held by collectors today, and there are probably many more still held by descendants of early pioneer bankers. Territorial bank notes are the cream of the crop when it comes to national bank notes. Most are at least rare and some can be very valuable. As always, the exact value is still based on bank of issue and condition. Something ugly from Oklahoma might only be worth $3,000, but other examples could be worth well over $10,000.
Series of 1882 $10 Territorial Brown Back

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City printed 2,136 sheets of $20 1882 territorial brown back national bank notes. That number also represents the total number of twenty dollar bills printed for the type. Whether you have a ten or a twenty dollar territorial brown back, you should work with an expert to establish the value. Twenty dollar notes from this series were only printed at the rate of one to three compared to tens, but sadly, $20 1882 brown backs really don’t command a premium for their extra rarity. Only around fifty are known to exist today.
Series of 1882 $20 Territorial Brown Back

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 1,500 sheets of $10 1902 territorial red seal national bank notes. A total sheet output in the lows 1,000s is a great sign that you own a very rare bank note. This denomination and type was the most prolifically issued territorial note. Some can be quite rare. There is a hierarchy in terms of rarity. Red seals from Hawaii are the absolute rarest. In fact, none from Hawaii are currently known to exist. Ten dollar red seals from Porto Rico are also extremely rare, as are red seals from Alaska. The average collector is most likely to encounter red seals from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. There were far more territorial banks in Oklahoma during the red seal period than any other state, so notes from Oklahoma are the most common. However, most all red seals should be worth more than $10,000, and sometimes considerably more. William McKinley is pictured on the left hand side of each bill. The number under McKinley is the bank serial number. If that number is #1, then you can expect an additional premium on the value.
1902 $10 Red Seal Territorial National Bank Note

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 1,500 sheets of $20 1902 territorial red seal national bank notes. That of course equals the number of sheets printed for the ten dollar denomination. A total of 259 national banks in the country issued $20 territorial red seals. There are currently only about 30 of them known to exist, and that total includes all national banks. That survival rate is really poor. That means that these notes are rare and valuable. They were usually printed in small quantities and very few new ones are found these days. High grade examples are scarce as are notes printed by banks not located in Oklahoma.
1902 $20 Red Seal Territorial National Bank Note

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 2,200 sheets of $10 1902 territorial blue seal national bank notes. Many territorial banks had outputs in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. Common isn’t the right word, but the ten dollar bill is the most “available” denomination of 1902 blue seal territorial notes. There are currently around 30 1902 $10 blue seals known to exist from all territories. You can take the number of sheets printed for this bank, and multiply that by three to get the exact number of $10 notes printed for this type. Each note of course has the portrait of William McKinley on the left hand side. The charter number and overprint are both in blue ink. The number below McKinley is the serial number as it relates to the bank (and it is usually very low). The serial number in the upper right is the treasury serial number which is normally about six digits long. Typically when collectors hear territorial blue seal we think about New Mexico and Arizona. Both of those states printed such notes until each became a state in 1912. However, we also have to remember that all blue seals printed by Hawaii, Alaska, and Porto Rico fit the bill as well since all of their issues were of course issued before statehood.
1902 $10 Blue Seal Territorial National Bank Note

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 2,200 sheets of $20 1902 territorial blue seal national bank notes. As is the case with all large size twenty dollar national bank notes, the number of sheets printed is the same as the number of individual notes printed. Right now there are about a dozen 1902 $20 territorial blue seals known to exist from all banks in the country. That is not many to go around, but this is still a small hobby. Most collectors who need one probably have one. However, there is still room for these to be very valuable based on their serial number and condition. Just like non-territorials, these also have a picture of Hugh McCulloch on the front of them. These are still good for the face value of $20 today; we definitely don’t recommend spending them though.
1902 $20 Blue Seal Territorial National Bank Note

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 6,355 sheets of $10 1902 blue seal national bank notes. That is a fairly standard sheet output for a national bank issuing blue seals. You likely aren’t dealing with a super common or a super rare bank note. 1902 $10 blue seal bank notes all have a portrait of William McKinley on them. Values can range from as little as $40 up to over $10,000. There really is no trick to know what is rare and what is common by just doing an internet search. You really need to work with an expert (like us) in order to determine the value of your specific bank note. There are at least ten different factors than can make some 1902 $10 blue seals worth more than others. We know exactly what to look for and we would be happy to provide a free appraisal and our best offer.
1902 $10 Blue Seal National Bank Note

The Silver City National Bank Of Silver City also printed 6,355 sheets of $20 1902 blue seal national bank notes. The same rarity rules for 1902 $10 blue seals also apply to $20 blue seals. Just remember that $20 bills are by nature three times rarer (unfortunately they don’t command a premium over other denominations). Hugh McCulloch is pictured on the front of each bill. Contact us if you need pricing help.
1902 $20 Blue Seal National Bank Note

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