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

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  • Collecting Florida National Bank Notes by William Youngerman, Inc.

    For the first time in history all 59  towns issuing National Bank Notes are together along with 102 known Charters of the 109 Chartered banks that issued currency in Florida. The book brought to you by William Youngerman Inc. and Hometowncurrency.org is available for purchase for only $8 and contains high resolution photos of collection examples from each of the 59 National Bank Note towns. Also included in the book is a checklist for Florida National collectors to keep track of Note statistics, census, and valuations of the notes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Colonial Florida East (Spanish)

    This 1 of only 6 known Charles the Fourth 1789 Florida Proclamation metal acquisition helps link east (Spanish) and west (British) Florida with 2 important colonial items. The first being the 177_ Pensacola West Florida note British Florida (acquired in March 2015) with Spanish colony east Florida Saint Augustine 1789 celebrating Spain’s new king Charles the Fourth. Produced by Zespedes, Spain’s colonial Governor of East Florida at Saint Augustine for the big coronation celebration in 1789.

  • Florida Documents Signed by Governors

    This category has signed documents, bonds or paperwork signed by 26 of Florida’s Governors including the dates of their term.

  • 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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