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Enjoy this selection reader-owned bank notes and the history behind them as told by expert Peter Huntoon.

Reader’s Showcase: Kinderhook-Linderpark

by Peter Huntoon Shown is a great pair of $2 Original Series counterfeits respectively on The National Union Banks of Kinderhook, NY, and Linderpark, NY. The first is charter 929, the second a fabricated town name. Both are listed in … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: IA-Macksburg

by Peter Huntoon I’ve had reason to look into the smallest Series of 1929 issuances from Iowa lately and found that the four smallest were Montezuma (charter 2961) at 125 notes total, Keokuk (14309) at 135, Malvern (8057) at 228 … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase $5 1902 Plain Back

by Peter Huntoon David Grant, a serious pursuer of neat varieties issued by the largest banks in the country, bought this jewel from the largest issuer of Series of 1902 notes. It has everything wrapped into one note: (1) engraved … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase MN Starbuck

by Peter Huntoon Mark Drengson submitted this spectacular serial 1-A 1902DB from Starbuck, Minnesota. Notes from this small bank are overrepresented thanks to the Ella Overby hoard discovered in 1970 in Glenwood, Minn. The hoard was loaded with some 140 … Continue reading

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Grand Gorge note recalls railroad history

By Peter Huntoon Lee Lofthus was surprised and delighted to win this gorgeous note in the 2018 Heritage FUN sale from a small unincorporated hamlet within Roxbury Township on the west edge of the Catskill Mountains in New York state. … Continue reading

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Bi-color rotary unit led to note error

By Peter Huntoon How did this strange misaligned overprint error occur where the green Treasury seal landed on the same spot as the right serial number? A logical assumption would be that the green elements are printed on one mono-color … Continue reading

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Research pioneer’s signature on New Jersey note

By Peter Huntoon New Jersey resident William H. Dillistin (1886-1964) was the leading pioneer national bank note researcher who wrote A Descriptive History of National Bank Notes, 1863-1935, 55 pages, privately published in 1956. His Bank Note Reporters and Counterfeit … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Lowest star serial number for 1928B Silver Certificate

By Peter Huntoon Bank Note Reporter reader Bill Russell sent a scan of his $1 Silver Certificate 1928B with serial *26879136A, which is now the lowest star serial number recorded for the 1928B series. His beautiful note is 217,807 lower … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Spectacular micro back plate find

By Peter Huntoon I’ve been pursuing and writing about early small-size micro back plate 629 and 637 notes for my entire collecting carrier, so any significant discovery along those lines is exciting to see. Robert Calderman, another 629/637 micro back … Continue reading

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