The Society of Paper Money Collectors has published a huge trove of data on National Bank Notes and their issuing banks. Compilers include pioneer researcher Louis Van Belkum, Peter Huntoon, Andrew Pollock, and Mark Drengson, sourced from records at the National Archives, Comptroller of the Currency Reports, Bankers Magazine, National Currency and Bond Ledgers, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing certified proofs at the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian. A herculean task! Congratulations and thanks to all. Amazing work.
Huge Release of National Bank and National Bank Note Summary Data
Southern California volcano layout, a layout unique to the first title used by this bank, from an issue of 2.670 sheets of 10-10-10-20s of which this is the first reported.
The Society of Paper Money Collectors has just posted four huge EXCEL data sets that you can download and manipulate. They provide a big picture overview of the note-issuing national banks and the national bank notes that those banks issued
The data presented is primarily transcribed from Comptroller of the Currency annual reports and contemporary records maintained by the Comptroller of the Currency's staff that are now housed in Record Group 101 at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The accuracy and completeness of these data, particularly such things as the summary corporate histories in spreadsheet 1, is dependent upon reports having been received by the Comptroller's office and the fidelity with which the information was recorded. This information is known to be incomplete, especially information pertaining to predecessor and successor territory/state banks and mergers involving territory/state banks. Consequently, the information provided here should be viewed as a starting point as you research a particular bank.
In cases where specific data such as organization or opening dates are missing, the compilers of these spreadsheets were unable to recover that information from the available records. The reason is that critical records such as organization reports are missing or in the case of opening dates, the information wasn't recorded.
The sources for the names of the bank presidents and cashiers presented in spreadsheet 2 are listed in the spreadsheet. Most are from the Comptroller of the Currency annual reports. Consult the SPMC Bank and Bankers data base when you delve into a particular bank because that resource often contains the full names of the presidents and cashiers as well as other officers in the bank and even biographical profiles of these men.
Everyone makes transcription mistakes and typos—everyone: the clerks in the Comptroller's office who recorded the data, the typesetters who prepared the Comptroller annual reports, the clerks who sent plate orders to the printers, the siderographers who laid-in the bank information on the printing plates, the compliers of these spreadsheets. We have made serious strides in cleaning up such problems and continue to do so.
1 - Key Bank Data (1863-1935, all charters 1-14348)
Organization date if available
Opening date (1901-1909)
Closing date with fate if before 1936
Last outstanding taxable circulation
Summary corporate history
2 - Bank presidents, cashiers, total resources, circulations by year (1863-1935)
3 - National bank notes issued by bank title (1863-1935)
Exact title found on issued notes
Series/type/sheet combination/beginning and ending serial numbers
Title change dates:
Supplemental title information
4 - Characteristics of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing certified proofs (Series of 1875, 1882, 1902, some Original)
Smithsonian Scan number
Certification date (1876-1929)
Sorting aids (columns 0 through W)
To access the data, see:
National Bank & National Bank Note Summary Data
Wayne Homren, Editor
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