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This page will be updated periodically with the latest news on the Bank Note History Project. News topics will include new features, major data imports into the Banks & Bankers Database, and other relevant news.

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2021 Project News

January 24, 2021: Bank Note History Wiki


January 17, 2021: Bank Note History Wiki


January 10, 2021: Bank Note History Wiki

  • A new general article has been added to the Other Articles section of the Bank Note History Wiki:
The SPMC Bank Note History Project (Part 1 of 2)
This article (previously published in the May/June 2020 SPMC Paper Money Journal) is a detailed tutorial on how to use the National Bank Search procedures in the Banks & Bankers Database, and shows the information available for each bank. It also provides a brief overview on how to use the Bank Officer Search.


January 3, 2021: Bank Note History Wiki

  • Another very useful feature in the new version of the MediaWiki software (v1.35) that runs this wiki is an enhanced API (application programming interface).
  • Administrator utilities have now been written using this new API to automatically create Bank History and Banker Bio pages in the wiki (for specified banks/bankers or all banks in a town or county) using templates with relevant data filled in from the Banks & Bankers Database.
  • These utilities greatly simplify the process of adding new Bank History and Banker Bio pages to the wiki. This basically just leaves uploading images (contemporary postcards/photos of banks, photos of bank note signers, and bank note scans) and 'cleaning up' the rest of the page text as needed. Additional Bank History/Banker Bio information can be added as it becomes available.

2020 Project News

November 15, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki

  • The wiki has been upgraded to the latest version of the MediaWiki software (v1.35).
  • One of the primary features of this upgrade is the integrated Visual Editor, which works like a word processor (ie Microsoft Word), rather than directly editing the wikitext source like before. This makes it much easier for users to edit wiki pages and upload images. The 'old' way of editing pages with the wikitext editor is still available when needed for more advanced editing.
  • So now both ways of editing the wiki will be available. When you login to edit a page, you will see two edit tabs at the top. Clicking on the 'Edit' tab will use the Visual Editor, and the 'Edit Source' tab will use the low-level wikitext editor.


October 15, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki

  • A new general article was added to the Other Articles section of the Bank Note History Wiki:
An Overview of National Bank Note Types issued 1863-1935
National Bank Notes were issued from 1863 to 1935 in five different Series including eleven Types. This article gives an overview of these Types, with links to a page displaying note images for each denomination issued for that Type. Each Bank History page in this wiki also provides links to these National Bank Note Type pages for each Type issued by that bank.


October 8, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Pennsylvania National Banks & Bankers
  • Note: The data review process is now complete for all 14,348 National Banks in the Banks & Bankers Database.


September 12, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • New information on the Bank Info page:
    • Sheet Comments are now displayed in the Bank Note Types Issued section on the Bank Info page. Examples of sheet comments include Plate dated 1922, Territory, District, Serial#s not issued, etc.
    • One of the most important sheet comments is Type uncertain for those Serial# ranges where the Type of note issued is still uncertain, due to incomplete or missing dates in the National Currency and Bond Ledgers. These Type uncertain Serial# ranges straddled the Series of 1882 and 1902 Date Back to post-Date Back printings.
      • If the Bank Note Types Issued section for a bank includes any Type uncertain sheet comments, a message will be displayed indicating how you might be able to help us clarify the Type uncertain situation.
      • For more information, see this wiki article which explains why some National Banks have Notes issued with serial number ranges where the Type is still uncertain. A current list of those banks is also provided.
      • Collectors are invited to help us identify surviving notes for these banks that would allow us to assign the proper Type to these serial number ranges.


September 5, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki

  • A new general article was added to the Other Articles section of the Bank Note History Wiki:
National Banks with Notes issued where the Type is uncertain
This article explains why some National Banks have Notes issued with serial number ranges where the Type is still uncertain. A current list of those banks is also provided. Collectors are invited to help us identify surviving notes for these banks that would allow us to assign the proper Type to these serial number ranges.


August 27, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki


August 15, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Texas National Banks & Bankers


July 19, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Oklahoma National Banks & Bankers


July 11, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Kentucky & West Virginia National Banks & Bankers


June 25, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Kansas National Banks & Bankers


June 5, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Indiana & Michigan National Banks & Bankers


May 16, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Ohio National Banks & Bankers


April 27, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Illinois & Virginia National Banks & Bankers


April 2, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki

  • County Bank Note History home pages:
    • County Bank Note History home pages can be set up in the wiki to provide information on the Banks, Bankers and Bank Notes for that county during the National Bank Note Era (1863-1935), and also the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866) (if applicable for that county).
    • All of the county's National & Obsolete Banks are listed with links to their Bank History pages. Prominent Bankers are also listed, with links to their Banker Bio pages. Several Bank Notes are featured, as well as bank postcards and other bank related ephemera.
    • County home pages are listed on their State home page for easy access.
    • If you have a local County Historical Society/Museum, they may be interested in adding a link on their website to their County Bank Note History home page.
    • Here is an example of what a County home page can look like: Pipestone County, MN Bank Note History


March 15, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Database Search Website Enhancements:
    • On the Search Website Home page, the Bank Search by Town method has been enhanced to allow Bank Searches by Town OR County. Options have also been added to allow for Exact or Fuzzy searches for the Town or County entered, as well as whether to Only show Note Issuing Banks in the results list. See How to use Bank Search for further information on the new National Bank Search methods and related options.
    • On the Bank Information Page, the Bank History Summary will now include links (if available) to the Bank Note History Wiki for the Bank History page, County Home page, and State Home page.


February 25, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for New Jersey & North Carolina National Banks & Bankers


February 9, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for California, Oregon, Washington & Arkansas National Banks & Bankers


January 20, 2020: Bank Note History Wiki


January 2, 2020: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Database Search Website Enhancements:
    • The Database Search Website has a new Home page with quick & easy National Bank search methods - By Charter number or Town name. See How to use Bank Search for information on the new Home page and how to use the new National Bank Search methods.
    • There is also a link to the advanced Bank Officer Search on the new Home page.
Note: The Home page and the Bank Search pages were designed so they should work well on most smart phones, however the Bank Officer Search page is not 'phone-friendly', since it displays so much information. So you're better off using the Bank Officer Search on a device with a larger screen, such as an iPad or laptop computer.

2019 Project News

December 19, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki

  • Added State Home page for Iowa


December 8, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Bank Information page Enhancements (for National Banks):
    • A new Bank Officer Pairs section lists the Cashier-President pairs with years served for all National Banks.
This list is helpful for identifying Bankers that have signed a bank note, since this would be the normal pairing of signing officers. It also helps narrow down the year that the note was actually issued by the bank. (Note: This list is generated 'on-the-fly' from the current data in the database. So it will always be up to date with the latest Bank Officer changes and fixes).
  • A new Bank Note Types Issued section shows the Van Belkum Issuance Data (Series/Types & Serial#s Issued) for all National Banks.


December 5, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki

  • Added a new National Bank Stats & Graphs section to each State Home page including the following info:
# of Issuing Banks, # of Non-Issuing Banks, # of Small Size Issuers
# of Towns with Issuing Banks, # of Counties with Issuing Banks
Graph of the # of National Banks Chartered By Year
Graph of the # of National Bank Failures (Receivership) By Year
Graph of the # of National Bank Closures (Receivership/Liquidation/Closed) By Year
Graph of the # of National Banks In Operation By Year
List of the 40 National Banks with Lowest # of Notes Issued


November 30, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for New York, Louisiana & Mississippi National Banks & Bankers


November 4, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • (National) Bank Information page enhancements
We have imported additional National Bank succession data from Bankers Magazine, transcribed by Andrew Pollock. Bankers Magazine stopped reporting this information in March of 1909, so this information is only available from 1863 to March 1909. If available for a bank, this succession data will be listed in the Bank History Summary/Timeline section on the Bank Information page under a 'Bankers Magazine Succession Info (1863-1909)' sub-heading.
Note: Some of this data is redundant with succession information shown elsewhere in the Bank History Summary. But this redundancy reinforces the validity of such data, and sometimes highlights discrepancies that need further research.
  • We have also added data fields to allow for a couple of brief Bank History Highlights. If this information has been added for a Bank, it will be listed at the end of the Bank History Summary/Timeline section. Bank robberies (especially if the outlaws are famous!) are always a good History Highlight.
  • If you want to see an example of both of these new enhancements, you can search on Charter 2073 (FNB Northfield, MN) in the Banks & Bankers Database, and then click on the Bank title to bring up the Bank Information page.


October 25, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • (National) Bank Information page (future) enhancements
We have imported the Van Belkum Issuance Data (Series/Types & Serial#s Issued) for all of the National Banks. This information will show in a new section labeled 'Bank Note Types Issued' on the Bank Information page in the next version of the Banks & Bankers Database Search website (that should be available sometime in December).
  • There will also be a new Bank Officer Pairs section on the Bank Information page that will list the Cashier-President pairings with years served.
This list is helpful for identifying Bankers that have signed a bank note, since this would be the normal pairing of signing officers. It also helps narrow down the year that the note was actually issued by the bank.
(Note: This list is generated 'on-the-fly' from the current data in the database. So it will always be up to date with the latest data changes and fixes).


October 18, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Georgia & Tennessee National Banks & Bankers


October 8, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Nebraska National and Obsolete Banks & Bankers


September 22, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Maine & Massachusetts National Banks & Bankers


September 2, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Connecticut & Florida National Banks & Bankers


August 22, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Bank Officer Summary enhancements
The Bank Officer Summary has been enhanced to show exact date ranges for Presidents and Cashiers for National Banks (instead of just First-Last years), and also clarify 'complete' vs 'incomplete' date ranges for all officers in the summary. See Bank Officer Summaries for detailed information on the information included in the new Bank Officer Summary.


August 18, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • 1921 Bank Officer Data Imported from July 1921 Bankers Directory
For the years 1863-1935, the annual OCC Reports included the names of the current President and Cashier for all years except 1863-1866 and 1921. We had previously imported the missing bank officer info for 1863-1866 from contemporary Bankers Magazine entries. We have now imported the President and Cashier names from the July 1921 Rand-McNally Bankers Directory for all 8,141 National Banks that were in business in 1921.


July 29, 2019: Bank Note History Project Overview Video

  • A link to a video of the Bank Note History Project Overview presented at the 2019 IPMS show in Kansas City is now available on the Project home page, and also on the Help page for this wiki.


June 30, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Colorado National Banks & Bankers


June 17, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki

  • Added State Home page for Ohio


June 5, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki

  • Added the Project News wiki page and sidebar link


May 2, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Rhode Island & Vermont National Banks & Bankers


April 18, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki


April 3, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Delaware & New Hampshire National Banks & Bankers


March 15, 2019: SPMC/Bank Note History Project Home page brought online (spmc.org).


March 10, 2019: Bank Note History Wiki


February 24, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Missouri & Montana National Banks & Bankers
  • Added Bank Balance Summaries section to the Bank Info page


February 10, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Added Bank History Timeline section to the Bank Info page


February 1, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Alabama: Updated Basic Banker Info (including Full Name and Birth/Death dates) for 700+ bankers (from David Hollander spreadsheet)


January 15, 2019: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for Alabama, Iowa & North Dakota National Banks & Bankers

2018 Project News

Dec 6, 2018: Bank Note History Wiki brought online (banknotehistory.com)


Nov 20, 2018: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Boston, MA: Imported Bank Officers (President & Cashier) 1790-1870 for all Boston Obsolete & National Banks


Nov 15, 2018: Banks & Bankers Database

  • Full Data Review finished for National Banks & Bankers of the following States:
Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Oct 15, 2018: Banks & Bankers Database brought online (bbdata.banknotehistory.com)