Last week John and Nancy Wilson mentioned the new booklet by Bill Youngerman on Florida National Bank Notes. Here's some more information about it. -Editor
Jonathan Beach of William Youngerman Inc. writes:
The booklet includes the most accurate census for all 109 charters, color photos of notes from each town, articles, the chronology of building the largest Florida NBN collection, What is a
National Bank Note?, The Fort Meade Story, and a check list for collectors.
Here is some text from the introductory material. -Editor
Chronology of building the largest collection.
Sen. Warren Henderson begins collecting Florida currency in the late 1950's. His collection is greatly expanded by the purchase of the Clarence Criswell collection in 1968 and the Harley
Freeman collection of Florida Nationals in 1970. In 1971, Henderson purchased the George Nicholson / George Decker Florida collections. These collections brought the total National Bank Note
collection to 227 notes (118 large and 109 small).
By 1977 the collection would total 251 nationals.
In December 1986 Henderson through Harold Johnson's efforts sold the collection to Barnett Banks of Florida. The collection had at that time 264 National Bank notes plus hundreds of state,
territorial and obsolete notes and scrip.
In February 1998, Barnett Banks were sold to Nations Bank (now Bank of America). In August, 1998 the collection was gifted to the University of Florida. In September 1998, the collection was sold
to Barnett Bank's last president and COO Allen Lastinger, Jr. Lastinger continued adding to the collection from 1998 until his sale of the collection to William Youngerman, Inc. in 2013.
William Youngerman started his collection of Florida currency in 1992 purchasing many of the known collections of Florida currency over the next 20 years with the dreams of merging the two great
collections together one day. That dream was fulfilled in November 2013. With the two collections finally merged together for the first time in history all 59 towns issuing National Bank Notes are
together along with all 102 known charters of the 109 chartered banks that issued currency in Florida.
For more information, or to order, see:
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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