FL-09*

$20

Commercial Bank of Florida, Apalachicola

18 _ _

A true Florida rarity which was correctly signed by the Cashier, William Patrick Lying near the present day city of Pensacola in Northwest Florida. In 1837 St. Joseph was the most populated location in the territory. In 1838 the first Constitutional Convention was hosted there. As many as 6,000 people lived there until 1841 when a ship brought yellow fever to the town, killing many and causing the remainder to leave. The abandoned town was also hit by a devastating hurricane in 1843, destroying any remaining trace of the city, now known as Port St. Joe.

A fair number of Commercial Bank notes, not signed at all or fictitiously issued, have been seen, mostly five dollar denominations. The $100 and $20 issues are by far the most scarce, with one $20 note fully issued and signed dated May 23, 1837. Any signed note bearing a date later than May 23 is a remainder with fraudulent signatures.