Kansas Paper Money

An Illustrated History, 1854–1935


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About the Book

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 catalogs 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.

About the Author(s)

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.
Fred Reed has been an editor of both Paper Money and Coin World magazines. He lives in Dallas.

Bibliographic Details

Steve Whitfield
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 393 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 [2009]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7738-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5426-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Photographic Credits      ix

Preface      1

How to Use This Book      3

Introduction: Kansas Banking History      7

I. Territorial Period, May 30, 1854–January 29, 1861      13

II. Statehood Period, January 29, 1861–June 1, 1861      65

III. Civil War Crisis, 1861–1863      69

IV. Post–Civil War Period, 1866–1879      131

V. Miscellaneous Scrip Period, 1870–1930s      153

VI. National Bank Note Period, 1864–1935      207


A. Modern Reproductions      231

B. Altered Notes      235

C. Known Written Denomination Scrip      239

D. Pre-1863 Banks That May Have Issued Scrip      242

E. Printers and Engravers on Pre-1880 Notes      243

F. Round Cardboard Tokens      245

G. Reported Serial Numbers on Rare Notes      247

H. Notices of Scrip Issues in Newspapers      251

Bibliography      253

Index      255

Book Reviews & Awards

“fresh…comprehensive…thorough research…attractive book”—numismaster.com.