Kansas had only a few years in which its bankers and merchants issued the now-obsolete notes that have become such popular - and rare - collector's items. This heavily illustrated history details Kansas paper bank notes and scrip through 1935. Like the Society of Paper Money Collectors' state catalogues it provides history and listings of specific notes and comments on their rarity, but it is unique in grouping notes and issuers alphabetically according to the economic period in which the notes were issued. Notes are separated into three major categories: municipal governments, merchants, and banks. Appendices examine modern reproductions of obsolete currency, altered notes and write-in scrip, the printers and engravers who created the physical notes, and more.
Steven K. Whitfield has written numerous articles for hobby publications, including The Bank Note Reporter, Paper Money and the Check List. He also authored the 1980 Society of Paper Money Collectors' state volume on Kansas and has made numerous presentations on the history of Kansas money to various historical groups, including the Kansas State Historical Society and the Douglas County Historical Society of Lawrence.Fred Reed has been an editor of both Paper Money and Coin World magazines. He lives in Dallas.
Table of ContentsPhotographic Credits ixPreface 1How to Use This Book 3Introduction: Kansas Banking History 7I. Territorial Period, May 30, 1854-January 29, 1861 13II. Statehood Period, January 29, 1861-June 1, 1861 65III. Civil War Crisis, 1861-1863 69IV. Post-Civil War Period, 1866-1879 131V. Miscellaneous Scrip Period, 1870-1930s 153VI. National Bank Note Period, 1864-1935 207Appendices: A. Modern Reproductions 231B. Altered Notes 235C. Known Written Denomination Scrip 239D. Pre-1863 Banks That May Have Issued Scrip 242E. Printers and Engravers on Pre-1880 Notes 243F. Round Cardboard Tokens 245G. Reported Serial Numbers on Rare Notes 247H. Notices of Scrip Issues in Newspapers 251Bibliography 253Index255