Editor's note: The following is the third of a three-part Coin World series about collecting national bank notes using knowledge of U.S. geography and the alphabet, prepared by Michele Orzano for the November 2014 monthly edition of Coin World.
A collector can design their collection of small-size national bank notes any way they want to — even alphabetically. By combining knowledge of the alphabet with a bit of geography, a collector could start on a journey to collect small-size national bank notes in a nontraditional, but no less fun, manner.
Notes issued by banks in states with names beginning with A through N have already been discussed in the first two parts of this featuer.
For the states starting with the letter O, Oregon got the call, between it and Oklahoma, and the United States National Bank of Portland stepped up to the plate.
The bank has one of the “forbidden titles,” according to the Act of May 24, 1926 which said banks could not use the words “United States” or “Federal” or “Reserve” in their bank titles. At the time, existing banks with those words in their titles were grandfathered into the law.
Let’s hear it for P & R & S
Pennsylvania and Rhode Island had no competition as “P” and “R” states.
For Pennsylvania, I selected a note from the Central National Bank of Columbia. Columbia is in Lancaster County, known as the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch” country for the number of Amish families living in the area.
From Rhode Island, the Columbus National Bank of Providence was the last issuing charter to open its doors in the state’s capital. Providence is one of the oldest cities in the nation, having been established in 1636.
Decisions, decisions: South Carolina or South Dakota? I went with the “Black Hills” state of South Dakota. The Deuel County National Bank of Clear Lake did not open until January 1928, so it only offered small-size notes, and for a short time.