The "Forty-Third" Branch of the State Bank of Ohio

    Piqua, OH- The State Bank of Ohio, "Miami County Branch" Counterfeit $5 May 7, 1847 Wolka UNL
    Counterfeiters sometimes had "bad days" as well. This counterfeit has two problems. The first is that the back layout only had room for "STATE OF OHIO" rather than the correct "STATE BANK OF OHIO." The second mistake was that the counterfeiter's knowledge of the bank branches was a bit off. The branch is filled in as the "Miami County Branch in Piqua." This was also incorrect. The branch in Piqua was simply known as the "Piqua Branch" while the branch in Troy, eight miles away, was known as the "Miami County Branch." So in a sense, this becomes the "forty-third" branch of the State Bank of Ohio, joining a note alleged to be from the "Hamilton County Branch" of Cincinnati, another similar counterfeiter blunder which Wolka considered the "forty-second" branch.
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