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By Peter Huntoon, Bank Note Reporter
March 10, 2014

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This is the tale of the title that just wasn’t to be in Tulsa, Okla. The territorial Tulsa National Bank received charter 7085 on Jan. 4, 1904, but liquidated a month and a half later on Feb. 26, before any notes could be printed from the plate made for it. The officers of The Security National Bank, chartered 17 years later in 1921 with No. 12043, changed their title to Tulsa National Bank. A policy had been adopted in 1918 that precluded the reuse of titles used by earlier banks in the same town, so “The” was omitted from the bank name for charter 12043 to comply. The new title was approved Jan. 15, 1927, but no notes with the new title were sent to the bank before it was liquidated June 22, 1929. Contact peterhuntoon@embarqmail.com to see a proof of that piece of Federal currency you figure never will be found.

 

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