Last round for large-size notes offers nationals, first Federal Reserve notes

New reference provides guidance to collectors
By , Coin World
Published : 09/20/14
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The beauty, the history and the variety are often what attract collectors to large-size notes.

Now a new reference work focused entirely on large-size U.S. type notes offers collectors a deeper look at a popular collectible.

The Comprehensive Catalog of U.S. Federal Large-Size Notes, 1861-1929 by Carlson R. Chambliss and Gene Hessler, was published in July 2014.

Here’s a final look at some of the large-size type notes that can be collected.

National bank notes

Large-size national bank notes bear a wide variety of designs, many telling the story of America from its earliest days.

The Original Series $2 note printed for the First National Bank of Lincoln (Illinois), an example of which illustrates this article, features a vignette of an allegorical female figure to the left of a “Lazy 2” or “Lazy Deuce” on the face of the note.

The note derives its “Lazy 2” designation from the horizontal positioning of the number 2 on the face.

The figure holds a flag topped by a wreath of leaves, and the vignette is known as Stars and Stripes.

National bank notes are “hometown” notes since thousands of banks in communities large and small issued the notes. They provide collectors with a multitude of ways to collect — from vignette features, to the bank names, to the cities and states with banks that issued national bank notes.

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