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The History of Florida Currency

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Slideshow: Some of our Notes from all 59 National Bank towns

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  • National Bank Notes

    Towns that issued National Bank Notes appear in capital letters in our “Select A City” drop down menu. The Collection includes 102 of Florida’s 109 chartered banks and all 59 towns. The note shown above is an 1882 $100 Tallahassee Brown Back Note signed by W.C. Lewis, Cashier and George Lewis, President. Only 3 are known to exist.

  • Territorial Notes

    The Territory of Florida had 2 issues of Treasury notes. The First issue was dated 1829 and the second issue was dated 1830 and 1831 all of which are extremely rare. The note featured is a $3 Tallahassee Territorial Note printed by N&S.S. Jocelyn, New Haven.

  • Civil War Currency

    Florida joined the Confederacy on Jan 28, 1861 after seceding from the Union. There were 5 issued note series’ with different engraved dates all of which are featured in this category including the Reconstruction Period. The Note shown is a $500 Tallahassee Civil War Note dated Jan 1, 1865.

  • Depression Scrip

    Depression Scrip was substituted for government issued currency in the 1930′s. This scrip allowed trade to continue even with banks closed and a lack of physical currency. The scrip featured in this category are all rare or unique. The Desoto National Bank of Arcadia $1 Emergency Certificate is the only 1 known.

  • Obsolete Notes

    Issued between 1817 and 1870, this category encompasses all of the bank notes and scrip issued prior to the National Bank Note Act of February 25, 1863. While these notes are no longer legal tender, these are prized by collectors today and many are extremely rare. This $3 unlisted Fernandina note signed by George N. Call, Treasurer and L.E. Larkin, as Superintendent.

  • Gold Coins of the Treasure Coast

    Florida’s Treasure Coast was coined in the early 1960′s resulting from the Treasure found by salvagers along the coast. This category contains our collection of Treasure Gold from both the Atocha and the 1715 Fleet including the ships’ voyage history.

  • Postal Notes

    This category contains Postal Notes which allowed Americans to safely and inexpensively send sums of money under $5 to distant places. Florida Postal Notes are extremely rare and prized by collectors.

  • Railroad Bonds

    This category features our collection of Florida Railroad Bonds in which 564 companies build and/or operated railroads between 1831 and 1839 which issued bonds. By 1939 that number had been reduced to only 22 due to railroad abandonments and consolidations. The Bond seen above is a Florida Railroad Company $1000 Bond signed by Secretary Call.

  • Stage Coach Money

    The Stage Coach Money Category contains notes issued by companies for stage and train fares many of which crossed state lines. The coupon featured is good for 1 seat aboard the C.S.A. stage coach from Albany, GA. to Quincy, FL.

  • Trade Tokens

    The Trade Token category has several pages of tokens divided alphabetically by town. Found at the bottom right of each page is a link to the next set of tokens. Trade Tokens were often given as change to patrons requiring them to return to the establishment to use their remaining credit.

  • Sharon Towns Currency Collection

    The Sharon Collection of notes includes several banks and towns all with Sharon somehow affiliated with the location or name of the bank itself. This collection spans across the country from Pennsylvania to the Dakotas.

  • Colonial Pensacola Note

    This category contains a rare 177_ Pensacola Note from when Pensacola served as the capital of West Florida which was under British rule at the time.

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