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By Peter Huntoon, Bank Note Reporter
December 11, 2013

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Cawker City is located on U.S. 24 in north central Kansas 22 miles south of the geographic center of the lower 48 states. Its claim to fame is a small city park that houses the world’s largest ball of twine, a collection of pieced-together hay bail twine. The First National Bank there received charter 2640 and issued 685 sheets of Series of 1875 10-10-10-20s over its life between 1882 and 1888 when the bank was liquidated. It was among the last banks to receive Series of 1875 notes. As you can see, the layout has the classic look of Bureau of Engraving and Printing creations of that era complete with an ornate tombstone with lined background, the distinctive font used for “National Bank of” and “printed at” statement inside the upper border. The bankers maintained a minimal $11,250 circulation so, as expected, notes from the bank are great rarities. One is reported, $10 E616831-130-B VF. You’ll probably never get to see it in the flesh, so here is what it looks like.

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