Rhode Island Bank Note History

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Featured Bank Note: Original Series $5 bank note, issued by Rhode Island National Bank of Providence, RI, signed by M.E. Hoard, Cashier and E.P. Mason, President. Courtesy of Heritage Auctions, www.ha.com

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

Rhode Island 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.

  • (There are currently no Rhode Island County home pages set up)

What's New in Rhode Island Bank Note History


Rhode Island Bank Histories Index

The Bank Histories are organized alphabetically by Town, then by Bank Open Date. To find the Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island Banker Biographies Index

The Banker Bios are organized alphabetically by Last Name. To find the Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island National Bank Stats, Lists & Graphs

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

Issuing Banks wiki page

Famous Rhode Island Banks & Bankers

Rhode Island Counties Index

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

Rhode Island Towns Index

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

Rhode Island Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Rhode Island Banking History

Wiki Links

Rhode Island Research Resources

  • Rhode Island Currency A great collector's website covering the Obsolete & National Banks of Rhode Island.
  • 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).
  • Rand McNally Banker's Directories 1879-1935 (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company).
  • Polk's Banker's Encyclopedias 1895-1935 (Detroit and New York: Polk Bankers Encyclopedia Co.).
  • James A. Haxby, United States Obsolete Bank Notes 1782-1866 (4 volumes) (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1988).
  • Paper Money Journal, 1962-present (Published by the Society of Paper Money Collectors, spmc.org). Many articles over the years about the history of National & Obsolete Banks and Bankers. An archive of all back issues with search capabilities is online for SPMC members at spmc.org.
  • FDIC, Bank Find History website. https://research2.fdic.gov/bankfind/index.html
  • Rhode Island Historical Society website.