National currency was issued by any bank in the country that nationalized and desired to print money. 12,635 banks printed currency. Today some of that money is not known to exist and others can be bought be the 100s. The value of each specific bank note is all based on the condition of the bill, the bank of issue, serial number, and type of issue. National bank notes can be broken down into four different categories. The first series of notes are called first charters. These notes were first printed between 1862 and 1881. First charters are easy to spot because they will have the year 1875 or an earlier year printed on them.