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Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day weekend
 
 

     Visitors to the Higgins Museum have the opportunity to view and enjoy the largest collection of National Bank Note issues on permanent exhibit anywhere in the country. The Museum opened in 1978, its stated purpose being the acquisition, preservation and display of the notes, related artifacts and pertinent reference materials relating to the National Bank Note issuance era for educational purposes.

     Many people regard these notes as America’s Commemorative paper money. The Landing of Columbus, the embarkation of the Pilgrims, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and other great events of our history are illustrated on the notes of the first charter period. All of the notes honor the towns, the banks, and many thousands of individuals who played key roles in the development of our country and its resources.
We feel fortunate to have this Museum and these great reminders of our heritage.

 
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Visitors to the Higgins Museum have the opportunity to view and enjoy the largest collection of National Bank Note issues on permanent exhibit anywhere in the country.

 

         
    Just Released:
"Iowa National Bank Notes" by James C. Ehrhardt & Steven J. Sweeney

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The Higgins Museum
P.O. Box 258
Okoboji, IA 51355
From the back of the book:
From the Civil War until 1935, national banks were authorized to issue federal currency under their own names and bearing the signatures of local bank officers.  Over 500 national banks in Iowa issued almost $300,000,000 worth of notes.  The tiny percentage of notes that still survive have become treasured collector's items.  The Higgins Museum of Money in Okoboji, Iowa, displays many of these rare and unusual notes for the pleasure of its viewers.  This book presents detailed information on 11,058 known Iowa notes, which is the most complete census of any state.  Data summarizing the census by town, note type, and Treasury signatures, etc. are also provided.

Banks in every county in the state are listed with facts on organizational and financial status and each bank's officers, including President, Vice-President, Cashier, and Assistant Cashiers.  The bank officers are fully indexed with over 5,000 entries making it easy to find information on any individual.  Vignettes, photographs, and interesting tidbits are provided for many banks.  Capsule histories of several famous hoards or accumulations are related by persons directly involved with each.
Higgins Museum
1507Sanborn Ave
Okoboji, IA 51355
(712) 332-5859
Fact

National Bank Notes are still redeemable by the Department of the Treasury at their face amount only; however, they may have added value in the numismatic market