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How To Identify National Bank notes

There are three basic designs to large size national currency.  These are separated into "charter" groups.  There are first, second, and third chater notes.  Please note the images below for a picture identification chart.  And as always, if you have one of the notes below you are looking to sell or need an appraisal for, please let us know. info@rarenationalcurrency.com

First Charter Notes - Original Series & 1875 Series
These were the first notes issued by national banks that were chartered before 1882.  The original series notes have a spiked red seal, while the 1875 have a rounded seal like shown below.

 

1875 $1 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $2 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $5 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $10 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $20 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $50 National Bank Note (above)

 

1875 $100 National Bank Note (above)

Second Charter Notes - 1882 Brown Backs, Date Backs, & Value Backs
These notes can have slightly different art designs, and a brown or blue seal.  The backs of the notes will be different depending on whether they are brown, dated, or state the value of the note.

 

1882 $5 National Bank Note (above)

 

1882 $10 National Bank Note (above)

 

1882 $20 National Bank Note (above)

 

1882 $50 National Bank Note (above)

 

1882 $100 National Bank Note (above)

Third Charter Notes - 1902 Red Seals & 1902 Blue Seals
These were printed between 1902 and 1929.  The red seal notes are usually worth more than the blue seal notes.

 

1902 $5 National Bank Note (above)

 

1902 $10 National Bank Note (above)

 

1902 $20 National Bank Note (above)

 

1902 $50 National Bank Note (above)

 

1902 $100 National Bank Note (above)


1929 National Bank Notes were also issued.  They look like the "small head" notes we were used to seeing in circulation until a few years ago.  The 1929 national bank notes have a brown seal.  They were printed for the 5, 10, 20, 50, & 100 dollar denominations.  They are not to be confused with the Federal Reserve Bank Notes that were printed the same year and look very similar.  Some 1929 national bank notes can be quite rare - we purchase many of them as well.