Series of 1882 $5 Brown Back National Bank Note Layouts

Series of 1882 $5 Brown Back National Bank Note Layouts

Over the years collectors have found many different ways to collect national bank notes.  However, one thing has remained constant.  Series of 1882 $5 brown back national bank notes with interesting layouts have always gotten extra attention. 1882 fives were printed by both tiny one bank towns and by major metropolitan banks.  Prices range from a couple hundred dollars to five figures.  Even the most common notes can be desirable if they have a special layout.

Title blocks tend to self-organize into groups based on dominant visual features.  Each of these natural grouping usually represents notes from a specific era.  The curious fact is that the dominant feature defining a given group often is not the same feature that defines another group.  Consequently the criteria used to define groups in this classification scheme will change as we move through time.

Below are the 17 defined groups of layouts.  While they are all interesting, only the circus poster style notes tend to command significant premiums beyond condition and bank rarity.

 

 Image of 1882 $5 Brown Back  Group Number
Group_1_thumb_91 Group 1 – Patent Lettering
Group_2_thumb_82 Group 2 – Recycled Original Series Layouts
??????????????????? Group 3 – Artistic-Ultimate Series Standard
???????????????????????????? Group 4 – Circus Poster-1
?????????????????????????????????????? Group 5 – Princess Leia
Group_6_thumb_78 Group 6 – Two Line Payment Clause
Group_7_thumb_77 Group 7 – Script Payment Clause
?????????????????????????????????????? Group 8 – Cigar Box Label-1
?????????????????????????????????????? Group 9 – Cigar Box Label-2
Group_10_thumb_90 Group 10 – Circus Poster-2
?????????????????????????????????????? Group 11 – Baroque National Bank
Group_12_Thumb_88 Group 12 – To Bearer
Group_13_thumb_87 Group 13 – Circus Poster-3
???????????????????????????? Group 14 – Shingled Layout
Group_15_thumb_85 Group 15 – Elegant National Bank of
Group_16_thumb_84 Group 16 – Narrow Five Dollars
Group_17_thumb_83 Group 17 – Borrowed early Five Dollars