The First National Bank of Reno, Nevada

The First National Bank of Reno, Nevada

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Charter: 2478

Year Opened: 1880

    Today Reno is known as “the biggest little city in the world.”  In 1880 when The First National Bank of Reno opened it really was a little city.  Reno was originally a welcome reprieve for travelers making their way to California in search of gold.  When The First National Bank of Reno opened it was another milestone for banking in Nevada, as it had been almost eleven years since The First National Bank of Nevada in Austin had closed.  In 1896 The First National Bank of Reno chose to give up its national charter and it reorganized as The Washoe County Bank.

    Even though The First National Bank of Reno was open for sixteen years it only issued one type of note, that being first charter notes.  More peculiar though is the fact that they only issued twenty dollar notes, some 8,104 to be exact.  As of 1915 70 of these twenty dollar notes were thought to exist and the collecting world has documented two of these survivors since then.  Currently these two notes can make a case as being the most valuable notes from the state of Nevada. 

First President: D.A. Bender
First Cashier: Charles T. Bender

Other people associated with the bank: G.W. Mapes, A.H. Manning, Jacob McKissick, G.H. Taylor, W.O.H. Martin, M.E. Ward

First National Bank
of Reno

Rarity

Type

10

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9

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8

Series of 1875

7

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6

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5

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4

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3

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2

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1

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Rarity based on state
10 being rarest

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