Rochester's National Currency

There were two (2) National banks chartered in Rochester, Michigan.


The First National Bank of Rochester was chartered on August 10, 1908 (Charter #9218) and went into receivership on December 12, 1933.  The bank issued notes under the last two National Bank Note series, 1902 and 1929 (type 1) and only issued $10 and $20 denominations.  

The Rochester National Bank was chartered in November, 1933 (Charter #13841) and issued $5 and $10 denominations under the last National Bank Note series, 1929 (type 2).

A Pictorial exhibit of currency:

First national bank of Rochester #9218

currency issued 1908-1933

Series of 1902 Large Size Notes dated August 10, 1908
            

    Date Back Type issued 1910 through 1915
        $10         12330 printed 
(1
 known)
        $20         4110 printed 

    Plain Back Type issued 1915 through 1929                          

        $10         31125 printed (6 known)

        $20         10375 printed 


Series of 1929 Small Size Notes Type 1 issued 1929 through 1933
        $10         8964 printed 
(7 known
)

        $20         2388 printed (5 known)
                         

 Total surviving notes known for Series of 1902 = 7 (total printed = 57,940)
 Total surviving notes known for Series of 1929 = 12 (total printed = 11,352)

The 1902 Series were printed from 1902 to 1929 in sheets of four (4) notes per sheet and two denominations were printed for The First National Bank of Rochester #9218.  All notes on the sheet had the same serial numbers, but different plate positions letters.  The sheets were printed with the following denomination combinations:

  • $10-$10-$10-$20

$10 circa 1915-1929, Series of 1902 “Plain Back Type” issued 1915 through 1929

Obverse: 25th President of the United States 1897-1901, William McKinley (died 1901)

Reverse: Vignette of ships 

The 1929 Type 1 Series for The First National Bank of Rochester #9218 were printed from 1929 to 1933 in sheets of six (6) notes per sheet.  Each sheet contained all the same denomination notes with all the same numerical serial numbers, only the prefix letter (plate position letter) was different which identified the position of the note on the sheet.  Therefore, six notes of the same denomination were printed with the identical serial number with only the prefixes of A,B,C,D,E being different.  Contrasting the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Series:

  • Type 1 has an alpha prefix and suffix in the serial number. The suffix is always an “A."

  •  Type 1 has the charter number imprinted twice in black.

$10 circa 1929-1933, Series of 1929 “Small Size” Type 1

$20 circa 1929-1933, Series of 1929 “Small Size” Type 1

Rochester national bank #13841

currency issued 1933-1935

Series of 1929 Small Size Notes Type 2 issued 1929 through 1933
        $5           4450 printed 
(1 known
)

        $10         2220 printed (1 known)
                         

Total surviving notes known for Series of 1929 = 2 (total printed = 6,670)

The 1929 Type 2 Series for The Rochester National Bank #13841 were printed from 1933 to 1935 in sheets of six (6) notes per sheet.  Each sheet contained all the same denomination notes, but unlike Type 1 notes, these Type 2 notes all contained unique serial numbers with a constant prefix letter of “A”.  Therefore, each note was printed with five other same denomination notes on the sheet, all with different consecutive serial numbers. 

  • Type 2 has an alpha prefix (always an “A”) serial number, but no suffix.

  • Type 2 has the charter number imprinted four times, twice in black and twice in brown next to the serial number.

$5 circa 1933-1935, Series of 1929 “Small Size” Type 2

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$10 circa 1933-1935, Series of 1929 “Small Size” Type 2

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