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Serial No. 1 National Bank Note From OK Territory in Stack’s Bowers Showcase Auction

Serial No. 1 National Bank Note From OK Territory in Stack's Bowers August 2024 Global Showcase Auction

By Bradley C. TrotterCurrency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bower Galleries ……

Hailing from a town whose existence came into being literally overnight, Guthrie in what is now modern-day Oklahoma served as the territorial capital from 1889 through 1907 and briefly as the state capital from 1907 to 1910, the first few years after Oklahoma became the 46th state of the Union.

Befitting Guthrie’s status as the territorial capital, a bank bearing the name the Capitol National Bank organized within the boundaries of Guthrie in 1892. This institution operated until 1904 and was one of a number of banks that sprang up in the Territory of Oklahoma and Indian Territory prior to statehood in 1907. Authorized by the National Banking Act, these banks issued National Currency backed by bonds deposited in the Treasury of the United States.

Notes bear the names of thousands of banks and localities like Guthrie which were spread across the United States and its territories. Today such notes are extremely popular with collectors seeking to represent hometowns or current places of residence.

Featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2024 Global Showcase Auction will be a Serial Number 1 $10 from the Capitol National Bank of Guthrie. This is one of just four known examples recorded by the National Bank Note Census for this short-lived institution. It is also among only a small handful of Serial Number 1 National Bank Notes recorded for any territorial bank in the United States as a whole.

As most territorial notes are scarcely traded and rarely appear at auction, the opportunity to acquire a comparable note is rare — as fleeting as Guthrie’s tenure as the territorial and state capital, which would change after this bank ceased operations in 1904. In 1910, 70.81% of Oklahoma voters opted to move the state capital to Oklahoma City, relegating Guthrie’s once important status to little more than a historical footnote.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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