District of Columbia Banknote Guide

In the early to mid 1800s, many banks, companies, merchants, and jurisdictions (states, counties, cities, and towns) issued their own currency.  These notes are now obsolete but have considerable historical value.  Most obsolete currency sports gorgeous designs, vignettes, and colors, and the sector has a very strong collector base.

Obsolete Currency Issuer (City) Denom   Year Description 58 63 65 66 67 Reference (a)
                     
American Colonization Society (Monrovia) 1   18xx proof; seated cherubs scarce          
Arlington Bank (Washington, D.C.) 5   185x flying maid; red tint 250         DC165-G4
Bank of America (Georgetown) 2   1852 T. Jefferson 225         DC50-G2
  3   1852 maid & eagle 250         DC50-G4
Bank of Anacastia (Anacastia, D.C.) 1   1854 red 1s 175 225 300 375 450 DC35-G2
  2   1854 red 2 175 225 300 375 450 DC35-G4
  5   1854 B&W 175 225 300 375 450 DC35-G8
Bank of Commerce (Georgetown) 1   1862   375         DC70-G12
  5   18xx         1,150   DC70-G2
  5   18xx proof; G. Washington, red 5s   800       CD70-G2
  10   18xx         1,250   DC70-G4
  20   18xx proof; G. Washington; red Xs   800       DCG6
Bank of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) 5   1858 orange tint 175 225 325 400 475 DC215-G8
  5   1858 proof; orange tint 500 600 750 850 950 DC215-G8
  10   1858 red tint 160 210 300 375 450 DC215-G10
Bank of the Metropolis (Washington, D.C.) 20   18xx Capitol building 225         DC290-G52
  50   18xx Capitol building 500         DC290-G74
  100   18xx Capitol building 250         DC290-G64
Bank of North America (Georgetown, D.C.) 5   185x seated maid w shield; red 5s 375         DC130-G8
Bank of the Republic (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 eagle 140         DC350-G2
  1   1852 proof; eagle; B&W   500       DC350-G10
  2   1852 proof; Capitol building; B&W   500       DC350-G12
  5   1852 eagle 175 250 325     DC350-G6
  5   1852 proof; eagle     600 700 800 DC350-G6
  10   1852 seated maid 100 120 150     DC350-G8
  10     proof; seated maid   800        
  1-2   1852 proof; uncut sheet            
  5-10   1852 uncut proof sheet            
Bank of the Union (Washington, D.C.) 1   1851 red ONE 120 160 225     DC360-G2
  1.50   1851 green overprint 200         DC360-G4
  2   1851 maid in oval; red TWO 130 175 250     DC360-G6
  3   1851 maids w shield; red THREE 180         DC360-G8
Bank of the United States (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 proof; eagle            
  10   1834             replica
  20   18xx eagle w shield 500         US-2 C1016
  1000   1840 serial number 8894           replica
  1000000   1840 serial number 711           replica
Bank of Washington 20   18xx reprint     120      
  50   18xx proof; G. Washington 500         DC385-G38
  100   18xx proof; G. Washington   800       DC385-G52
  100     reprint     150      
Bullion Bank (Washington, D.C.) 10 cents   1862   50         DC170-UNL
  25 cents   1862   60         DC170-UNL
  50 cents   1862 scrollwork at bottom corners 60         DC170-UNL
  1   1862 payable in Demand Notes 200         DC170-G12
  1   1862 payable in Treasury Notes 235 325 400     DC170-G20
  2   1862 payable in Treasury Notes 300 375 450     DC170-G14
  3   1862 payable in Demand Notes 225 400 500     DC170-G16
  3   1862 payable in Treasury Notes 225 400 500     DC170-G24
  3   1862 no serial number 0         replica
  5   18xx maid; red tint 250         DC170-G8
  5   1862 maid; red tint 325 400 500     DC170-G6
Central Bank (Georgetown) 12 1/2 cents   1816             DC60-G8
Chemical Bank (Washington, D.C.) 10   1853 Atlas 250         DC175-G18
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company 25 cents   1837 proof; canoe; B&W   300        
   (Washington, D.C.) 5   184x seated maid 100 125 150      
  10   18xx signing ceremony 100 125 150      
  20   184x maid on wharf 100 125 150      
Citizens Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   18xx maid; anvil 90 120 150     DC180-G2
  2   18xx seated man 90 120 150     DC180-G4
  3   18xx farmer at right 175         DC180-G6
  5   18xx eagle 150         DC180-G8
  10   1852              
City Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852   175         DC185-G2
  2       185         DC185-G4
Columbia Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   185x eagle; B&W 130 160       DC195-G2
  1   185x proof; B&W     1,000      
  3   185x seated maid w shield 135 180       CD195-G4
  3   1862   0         replica
  5   185x 3 maids; B&W 135 160 180     DC195-G6
  10   1852 3 seated maids; red TEN 140 165 200     DC195-G8
  10   185x proof   1,000       DC195-G8
  20   185x seated maid; red TWENTY 225 235 250     DC195-G10
Commercial Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   185x   100         DC205-G2
Congressional Bank (Washington City) 5   18xx red FIVE 150         DC210-G6
Congressional Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1856   330         DC205-G2
  5   185x red FIVE            
Corporation of Georgetown (Georgetown) 5   18xx cherubs 600          
  6   18xx proof; train   2,500       G10
  7   18xx proof; Capitol; Minerva left 2,000          
Eastern Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   18xx         1,200   DC220-G2
Empire Bank (Georgetown, D.C.) 1   1852 sailing ships 500         DC80-G2
Farmers Bank (Georgetown, D.C.) 1   1852 plow 175         DC85-G2
Farmers & Merchants Bank (Washington, D.C.) 25 cents   1862 seated maid 80 100 150     DC235-G8
  50 cents   1862 maid in oval 80 100 150      
  1   18xx plow 175         DC235-G12
  1   18xx proof; plow; B&W 300         DC235-G12
  1   18xx proof reprint (c) 180 275 400     DC235-G12b
  1.25   1862 red 1.25 180 275 400     DC235-G14
  1.50   1862 drovers; red 1.50 250         DC235-G16
  1.75   1862   250         DC230-G18
  2   1862   250          
  3   18xx proof   400        
Government Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1862 large eagle; red & green tints            
  2   1862 large eagle; red & green tints            
  5   1862 large eagle, green tint 200 250 400     DC255-G6
Humbug Glory Bank (Washington, D.C.) 6 cents   ND donkey 800          
International Bank (Washington, D.C.) 10   18xx proof reprint (c); green tint            
John H. King (George Town, D.C.) 25 cents   184x maid w cows 200          
  50 cents   184x mother & child at right 200          
  1   184x cherubs at top right 200          
La Fayette Bank (Georgetown) 2   1855 train 220         DC105-G4
Mechanics Bank (Georgetown, D.C.) 1   18xx seated couple; red ONE 125 175 300 400 475 DC115-G2
  2   18xx seated maid, red TWO 150 200 325 450 525 DC115-G4
  3   18xx G. Washington; red THREE 175 225 350 500 575 DC115-G6
Mechanics Bank (Washington, D.C.) 2   1852   250         DC265-G10
  4   1852 train 250         DC265-G12
Mechanics & Traders Bank (Alexandria) 1   1852   135 150 200      
  3   1852   135 150 200      
Mechanics & Traders Bank (Georgetown) 1   1852 maid & eagle 115 150       DC120-G2
  3   1852 seated maid; gray THREE 115 150       DC120-G6
Mercantile Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   186x train; red & green   225       DC270-G2
  2   186x seated maid; red & green   225       DC270-G4
  5   186x Indians w plow; red & green   300        
Merchants & Traders Bank (Georgetown) 1   1852   180          
Merchants’ Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 maid in oval 80 110 135     DC275-G2
  3   1852 Indian maiden 100 125 160     DC275-G4
  5   1852 2 maids 100 125 160     DC275-G6
  1-3-1-5   1852 uncut sheet            
Merchants’ Exchange Bank (Anacastia) 1   1854 red 1s & ONE 150 180 235     DC45-G2
  2   1854   170 200 275 350    
  3   1854 seated maid; red THREE 170 200 275 350   DC280-G6
Metropolitan Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   18xx G. Washington 130 150 200     DC295-G2
  2   18xx sailing ships 130 150 200     DC295-G4
  3   18xx eagle 150 180 250     DC295-G6
  5   18xx red FIVE 150 180 250     DC295-G8
National Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 eagle & globe 600         DC300-G4
  1.75   1862 proof; G. Washington at left            
Ocean Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 sailor on wharf 200          
  5   1852 sailing ships 200         DC315-G8
Patriotic Bank of Washington (Washington, D.C.) 10   18xx proof; seated maid            
People Bank (Georgetown) 2   1852 seated maid 400         DC135-G4
People’s Bank of North America (Washington, D.C.) 1   18xx eagle 200         DC330-G2
  2   18xx eagle 225         DC330-G4
Potomac River Bank (Georgetown) 1   185x train 140 200 250 275   DC140-G2a
  2   185x train 140 200 250 275   DC140-G4
  3   185x America & eagle 140 220       DC140-G6
  5   185x America & eagle 140 220       DC140-G8
Potomac Savings Bank (Washington, D.C.) 50 cents   1851 proof; man on horse            
  1   1851 maid & children; gray ONE 135          
  2   1852 sailing ships; gray TWO 135          
  3   1852 seated maid; gray THREE 135          
Presidents Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 G. Washington 150 210 280     DC340-G2
  1   1852   0         replica
  2   1852 eagle 150 210 280     DC340-G4
  5   1852 G. Washington 175 225 300     DC340-G8
  5   1852 serial number 6487 0         replica
Southern Manufacturers Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   1852 blacksmith 175          
  1.50   1852 man w machinery            
Union Bank of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) 20   18xx proof reprint (c)     150     DC365-G6
  20   18xx 1994 proof reprint (b)         125 DC365-G6
  50   18xx proof reprint (c)     150     DC365-G8
Union Bank of Georgetown (Georgetown) 5   18xx 3 maids at upper left 125         DC130-C30
United States (Washington, D.C.) 100   183x proof; seated Mercury; B&W   3,500        
Virginia Bank (Washington, D.C.) 1   18xx proof; B&W     1,000     DC380-G2
Washington Bank (Washington, D.C.) 5   18xx ships 175         DC390-G6

 (a) These reference numbers may contain errors and are not guaranteed.
(b) Obsolete currency reprint by ABNC in 1994 for its American Paper Money Collection.
(c) Proprietary proof reprints were intaglio printed from the original plates by an independent party after the time of the note’s original issue.  They are most commonly on thicker paper stock than the originally issued notes.