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HISTORY

National Bank Note

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National Bank Note front
National Bank Note back
  • An off-center portrait on the front, or obverse, of this note features President James Garfield with the name of the national bank printed in the middle. The back, or reverse, is printed in brown with a blue center instead of the more common green.
  • President Garfield was assassinated in 1881, two decades before the U.S. Secret Service began providing presidential protection.
  • The First National Bank of the City of New York agreed to pay the bearer, on demand, five dollars.
  • National banknotes were secured by U.S. Treasury bonds deposited with the Treasurer of the United States.