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Old Money from The Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo | 2514

The Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo

The Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo in North Dakota printed $242,550 dollars worth of national currency. That is a small output. National bank notes from here should be scarce. This national bank opened in 1881 and stopped printing money in 1905, which equals a 25 year printing period. That is a fairly normal lifespan for a national bank. During its life, The Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo issued 6 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo was located in Cass County. It was assigned charter number 2514.

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The Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo in North Dakota printed 2,600 sheets of $10 series of 1875 territorial national bank notes. Many territorial banks had outputs in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo printed 2,600 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo also printed 3,892 sheets of $10 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. 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo also printed 3,892 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo also printed 959 sheets of $10 1882 brown back national bank notes. Very few national banks issued such a small number of 1882 brown backs. 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 Red River Valley National Bank Of Fargo also printed 959 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

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