Pennsylvania Bank Note History

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Featured Bank Note: Series 1902 Red Seal $5 bank note, issued by The First National Bank of Philadelphia, PA, signed by Chas. H. James, Asst. Cashier and J. Tatnall Lea, President.
Featured Bank Note: Series 1902 Red Seal $5 bank note, issued by The First National Bank of Philadelphia, PA, signed by Chas. H. James, Asst. Cashier and J. Tatnall Lea, President.

The Pennsylvania Bank Note History home page consolidates historical information on the National/Obsolete Banks, Bankers and Banking History of Pennsylvania. It also highlights What's New, along with some Famous Pennsylvania Banks & Bankers, and lists helpful Research Resources.

Pennsylvania County home pages

County Bank Note History home pages provide information on the Banks, Bankers and Bank Notes for that county during the National Bank Note Era (1863-1935), and also the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866) (if applicable for that county). All of the county's National & Obsolete Banks are listed with links to their Bank History pages. Prominent Bankers are also listed with links to their Banker Bio pages. Several Bank Notes are featured, as well as bank postcards and other bank related ephemera.

If you have a local County Historical Society/Museum, they may be interested in adding a link on their website to their County's Bank Note History home page in our wiki.

What's New in Pennsylvania Bank Note History

Pennsylvania Bank Histories Index

The Bank Histories are organized alphabetically by Town, then by Bank Open Date. To find the Pennsylvania Bank you are looking for, select from the following Index list. You can also search the entire wiki for the Bank's town name or charter number using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Pennsylvania Banker Biographies Index

The Banker Bios are organized alphabetically by Last Name. To find the Pennsylvania Banker you are looking for, select from the following Index list. For an Index list of all Banker Bios for all States, use the Banker Biographies sidebar link. You can also search the entire wiki for the Banker's last name using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Pennsylvania National Bank Stats, Lists & Graphs

The label for each of these Stats is a link to the corresponding list of banks

  • NBN Geo. Letter: E
  • State Capital: Harrisburg
  • Statehood Date: December 12, 1787
  • Pennsylvania National Bank Graphs & Lists
    • # of National Banks Chartered By Year
    • # of National Bank Failures (Receivership) By Year
    • # of National Bank Closures (Receivership/Liquidation/Closed) By Year
    • # of National Banks In Operation By Year
    • List of 40 National Banks with Lowest # of Notes Issued
    • List of Pennsylvania National Banks (Issued Notes) Sorted by Town by Charter#

Famous Pennsylvania Banks & Bankers

Pennsylvania Counties Index

Postcard of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with tunnels. Towns along Route 30 and 22 are shown.
Postcard of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with tunnels. Towns along Route 30 and 22 are shown. Courtesy of Adam Stroup

This index lists Pennsylvania counties that had towns with National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

Pennsylvania Towns Index

This index lists Pennsylvania towns that had National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

Pennsylvania Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Pennsylvania had many Obsolete Banks that converted to National Banks between 1863 and ~1865.

Pennsylvania Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Pennsylvania Banking History

Wiki Links

Pennsylvania Research Resources

  • T. Holdsworth, Financing An Empire: History of Banking in Pennsylvania (4 Volumes) (Chicago - Philadelphia: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1928).
  • Richard T. Hoober, Pennsylvania Obsolete Notes and Scrip (SPMC.org: Society of Paper Money Collectors, 1985).
  • Don C. Kelly, National Bank Notes, A Guide with Prices. 6th Edition (Oxford, OH: The Paper Money Institute, 2008).
  • Dean Oakes and John Hickman, Standard Catalog of National Bank Notes. 2nd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1990).
  • The National Bank Note Census, nbncensus.com
  • OCC Annual Reports 1863-1935 (U.S. Treasury Dept: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency).
(The OCC Annual Reports are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).
  • The Bankers Magazine 1846-1922 (New York: various publishers over the years).
(The Bankers Magazine volumes are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).