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    Athens, OH- The State Bank of Ohio, Athens Branch $1; Counterfeit $5 1845-62 G72a; C86 Wolka 0097-08; -21
    The Athens branch operated from 1848 until it became the First National Bank of Athens (Charter 233) in 1864. The branch had an outstanding circulation of $15,977 in 1866. The $1 was printed by ABNCo and features a portrait of Hosea Williams. As evidenced by the punch cancel, it was redeemed by the branch's National Bank descendant in 1917 and is the only known example of this design from this branch. It grades Very Good with the aforementioned cancel and a couple minor paper thins on the back. The $5 is a contemporary counterfeit, which grades Very Good-Fine. It is easily betrayed by the poorly done portrait of Franklin on the left end. There are six known examples of the counterfeit $5, with two of the six residing in museums.
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