The City National Bank Of Altus
The City National Bank Of Altus in Oklahoma printed $479,300 dollars worth of national currency. That is a pretty standard output. However, some types of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1907 and stopped printing money in 1925, which equals a 19 year printing period. That is actually quite brief in terms of bank existence. During its life, The City National Bank Of Altus issued 4 different types and denominations of national currency. We have examples of the types listed below. Your bank note should look similar. Just the bank name will be different. For the record, The City National Bank Of Altus was located in Jackson County. It was assigned charter number 8775.
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The City National Bank Of Altus in Oklahoma issued 187 sheets of $10 1902 territorial red seal national bank notes. That is a remarkably small number. Any note known to exist from a print run like that would be a true statistical miracle of survival. This denomination and type was the most prolifically issued territorial note. Some can be quite rare. There is a hierarchy in terms of rarity. Red seals from Hawaii are the absolute rarest. In fact, none from Hawaii are currently known to exist. Ten dollar red seals from Porto Rico are also extremely rare, as are red seals from Alaska. The average collector is most likely to encounter red seals from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. There were far more territorial banks in Oklahoma during the red seal period than any other state, so notes from Oklahoma are the most common. However, most all red seals should be worth more than $10,000, and sometimes considerably more. William McKinley is pictured on the left hand side of each bill. The number under McKinley is the bank serial number. If that number is #1, then you can expect an additional premium on the value.
1902 $10 Red Seal Territorial National Bank Note
The City National Bank Of Altus printed 187 sheets of $20 1902 territorial red seal national bank notes. That of course equals the number of sheets printed for the ten dollar denomination. A total of 259 national banks in the country issued $20 territorial red seals. There are currently only about 30 of them known to exist, and that total includes all national banks. That survival rate is really poor. That means that these notes are rare and valuable. They were usually printed in small quantities and very few new ones are found these days. High grade examples are scarce as are notes printed by banks not located in Oklahoma.
1902 $20 Red Seal Territorial National Bank Note
The City National Bank Of Altus also printed 9,399 sheets of $10 1902 territorial blue seal national bank notes. That would normally be a very standard output. However, we are dealing with territorials, so everything is still going to be rare. Common isn’t the right word, but the ten dollar bill is the most “available” denomination of 1902 blue seal territorial notes. There are currently around 30 1902 $10 blue seals known to exist from all territories. You can take the number of sheets printed for this bank, and multiply that by three to get the exact number of $10 notes printed for this type. Each note of course has the portrait of William McKinley on the left hand side. The charter number and overprint are both in blue ink. The number below McKinley is the serial number as it relates to the bank (and it is usually very low). The serial number in the upper right is the treasury serial number which is normally about six digits long. Typically when collectors hear territorial blue seal we think about New Mexico and Arizona. Both of those states printed such notes until each became a state in 1912. However, we also have to remember that all blue seals printed by Hawaii, Alaska, and Porto Rico fit the bill as well since all of their issues were of course issued before statehood.
1902 $10 Blue Seal Territorial National Bank Note
The City National Bank Of Altus also printed 9,399 sheets of $20 1902 territorial blue seal national bank notes. As is the case with all large size twenty dollar national bank notes, the number of sheets printed is the same as the number of individual notes printed. Right now there are about a dozen 1902 $20 territorial blue seals known to exist from all banks in the country. That is not many to go around, but this is still a small hobby. Most collectors who need one probably have one. However, there is still room for these to be very valuable based on their serial number and condition. Just like non-territorials, these also have a picture of Hugh McCulloch on the front of them. These are still good for the face value of $20 today; we definitely don’t recommend spending them though.
1902 $20 Blue Seal Territorial National Bank Note