State Bank Note

State Bank Notes were paper money issued by banks authorized by a state to conduct business. The banks may have been chartered, whereby a state legislature authorized its existence, or free banks, whereby individuals who had sufficient capital could organize and file articles of incorporation with the state. The earliest state banks began in the 1780s. The note-issuing function of state banks effectively ended when a federal tax on the outstanding circulation of state banks went into effect in 1866.

Obsolete Notes