LSRNs: 1882 Date Backs

Series 1882 Date Back replacements are very scarce.  Of the 1700 or so listed in the Heritage Archives (which has some duplication) and the 1100 imaged notes in the NBN Census (which includes a certain amount of overlap with the Heritage archives), I have been able to locate only four replacement notes.  Here are the statistics for this type:


Data through 8/31/2012 $5 $10 $20 $50 $100 Total
82DB #1 Notes 1 0 0 0 0 1
82DB Not #1 2 0 1 0 0 3
82DB Total 3 0 1 0 0 4
Overall Total for All Types 42 31 6 1 0 80


You might have noticed that not all replacements are easily identified.  If the serial numbers are composed of the less distinctive digits like 0s, 1s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, or 9s, it may take some scrutiny to determine if the old style fonts were used.  In my opinion, the more obvious that a note is a replacement (by having generous distributions of 2s, 3s, and 4s) is what makes a note more desirable.  Take a look at the 1882 Date Back pictured below, with bank serial 221224.  Lots of droopy 2s in that one.  I love droopy 2s, hunchback 3s and long-handled 4s.

Next week we'll venture beyond 1915, our unofficial cutoff date for manual press replacements, and explore 1902 Plain Backs.