The First National Bank of Rifle, Colorado

The First National Bank of Rifle, Colorado

The First National Bank of Rifle, Colorado was the only national bank in town and it was one of three towns in Garfield County to have a national bank. Today there are at least three notes known to exist from Rifle. One of these notes is a beautiful about uncirculated note and the other two are low grade examples.
The First National Bank of Rifle was open for twenty-four years and over this time it did issue a respectable amount of currency, just shy of $300,000. Most of that printing was for 1902 blue seal national bank notes. While all notes from Rifle are desirable, the real winner would be a note with a red seal. Only about 3,000 1902 red seals were printed, and none have been discovered to date.

The first president of the bank was George E Harris; he had one son, George Arthur Harris. The first cashier of the bank was Isaac Newton Moberly. Moberly was at the bank for a very short period of time. By 1904 WH Haley had replaced him as cashier.

The appeal of a note from Rifle is directly related to its relative scarcity and the town name. A Colorado collector would need the bank to represent the town; however, anyone putting together a “classic” old west state set would have Rifle at the top of his list. Rifle falls in line with great western town names like Tombstone, Rodeo, and Roundup.
If you have any currency from The First National Bank of Rifle, please tell us about it. We are certainly interested parties, and you will likely be very pleased with our appraisal.

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