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By Peter Huntoon
January 13, 2014

Iowa is a state filled with small towns having great names. One of my favorites is Montezuma, located in Poweshiek County nine miles south of I80 midway between Des Moines and Iowa City. The town was named after the Aztec emperor of Mexico and is one of three First National Banks of Montezuma in the country, the other two being in Georgia and Indiana. A Cortez, Colo., bank had the title The Montezuma Valley National Bank as well. The modest-size Iowa bank was the only one of the four to issue Series of 1882 notes, and they came in $10s and $20s. I think you will agree that they are knockouts that could well be the centerpiece of any respectable collection. A dozen large-size notes are reported from the bank including one each of $10 and $20 Brown Backs. However, none of the 125 small-size notes that were issued are reported. To see a proof of that dream note you have always wanted contact

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