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Old Money from The James River National Bank Of Jamestown | 2580

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown in North Dakota printed $500,410 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 1881 and stopped printing money in 1935, which equals a 55 year printing period. That is considering a long operation period for a national bank. During its life, The James River National Bank Of Jamestown issued 12 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 James River National Bank Of Jamestown was located in Stutsman County. It was assigned charter number 2580.

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The James River National Bank Of Jamestown in North Dakota issued 800 sheets of $10 series of 1875 territorial national bank notes. A print run under 1,000 will get the attention of most people. Combine that with a territorial and you have a real winner. Thirty-two different banks printed series of 1875 $10 territorial bank notes. There is a nice mix of notes from states like North Dakota and some Western states as well. Prices for these range from high four figures to low five figures. Of course condition, bank, or serial number rarities could command more money. This is often the first type of bank note issued by pioneer banks in very remote areas. The survival number currently stands at 16 examples, but we usually handle a new discovery at least once a year, so that number is slowly rising, but this will never been a common bank note.
Series of 1875 $10 Territorial National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown printed 800 sheets of $20 series of 1875 territorial national bank notes. Don’t get too caught up on the number of sheets printed. Twenty dollar series of 1875 territorial bank notes are very rare. They were only printed by 28 banks and only six unique notes are known to exist to collectors. This is the rarest denomination (below $50) for first charter territorials.
Series of 1875 $20 Territorial National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,619 sheets of $10 series of 1875 national bank notes. Any time you see a print range between 1,000 and 2,500 you can assume that the bank was small and that their notes could be fairly scarce. The two vignettes seen on 1875 $10 bank notes are “Franklin and Electricity” and “America Seizing Lightning”. These notes occasionally confuse novices because the year 1752 is printed on them. That is when Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. It has nothing to do with when these bank notes were issued. The back of each $10 bill has “DeSoto Discovering the Mississippi.”
Series of 1875 $10 National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,619 sheets of $20 series of 1875 national bank notes. The exact number of series of 1875 $20 national bank notes printed by this bank is good to know. Don’t expect a high number to lower the value or a small number to increase the value. These notes are scarce enough on their own that the stats don’t really matter. Twenty dollars was a lot of money between 1875 and 1901, which is the time period in which these were printed. These just weren’t saved in high numbers.
Series of 1875 $20 National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,350 sheets of $10 1882 brown back national bank notes. That sheet output number is small. Don’t expect too many of these to be available to collectors. There were three $10 bills printed on a single sheet of 1882 brown backs. The design of the bill is similar to all earlier ten dollar national bank notes. The nickname comes from the fact that these bills have a brown seal and brown overprint. Despite saying series of 1882, these were actually printed by some banks up until 1908. The date you see in cursive relates to when the bank first started issuing brown back notes.
Series of 1882 $10 Brown Back

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,350 sheets of $20 1882 brown back national bank notes. As you can see, the sheet output is the same for $20 brown backs as it is for $10 brown backs. There was only one $20 brown back printed on a sheet. So the sheet output also equals the total note output. One neat thing about all brown backs is that they each have a different back design based on which state issued them. The back left hand side of the note shows the state seal of which ever state the national bank was located in. Generally speaking, 1882 $20 brown backs are pretty difficult to locate. They typically were printed in small numbers and they don’t have a great survival rate.
Series of 1882 $20 Brown Back

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 2,655 sheets of $10 1882 blue seal national bank notes. That is a pretty standard sheet output number for these issues. Most of the value is going to be in the condition. All of these notes say series of 1882 but they were actually printed between 1908 and 1921. So they aren’t quite as old as the dates might suggest. There is also a date on these notes that is between 1888 and 1901. That date is written in cursive text and it represents when the bank was chartered or re-chartered. Some of the so called 1882 value back notes have a chance to be really rare. Most of the earlier notes that say 1882-1908 on the back are likely going to be relatively common. The designs are exactly the same on the front. Each has a blue seal and charter number.
1882 Blue Seal $10 National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 2,655 sheets of $20 1882 blue seal national bank notes. That is the same number of sheets as the ten dollar denomination. You don’t have to multiply by three to get the exact number of notes issued though. There was only one twenty dollar bill per sheet. As with any national bank note, the exact value is still based on the condition, serial number, and bank of issue.
1882 Blue Seal $20 National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,852 sheets of $10 1902 blue seal national bank notes. Most banks that printed such a small number of blue seal bank notes fall into the rare bank category. 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 James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 1,852 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

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 314 sheets of Type1 1929 $10 national bank notes. That may sound like a very small number, and it is. However, when it comes to small size notes, that print range usually allows for a handful of survivors. Each $10 bill from 1929 has a portrait of Alexander Hamilton on it. The black number written vertically is the charter number. The charter number never affects the value; it is just an identifier. The ten dollar type1 national bank note happens to be the single most common national bank note, with over 65,000 known to exist from all banks. Of course each note is valued based on its condition and rarity. Some are very rare.
Series of 1929 Type1 $10 National Bank Note

The James River National Bank Of Jamestown also printed 106 sheets of Type1 1929 $20 national bank notes. That is an extremely small sheet printing number. Survivors are still likely but definitely not guaranteed. Andrew Jackson is featured on the front of each 1929 $20 bill. Be sure to take note of the serial number on your specific bank note. If it is 000001 then you can expect a nice premium. There is a special market for serial number one bank notes. Of course, even if the number isn’t #1, it could still be collectible and have a high value just based on its condition and rarity alone.
Series of 1929 Type1 $20 National Bank Note

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