Wisconsin Depression Scrip

Wisconsin Bank Scrip certificate for $1.00 used as currency by Wisconsin banks during the Bank Holiday of 1933. Wisconsin was the only state to have a state-wide scrip issue.

I started researching Wisconsin Depression Scrip around 2006 with the intention of writing a book. I completed a significant amount of research by 2008 when my oldest son was born. The project was put on hold as other priorities got in the way.

Rather than complete the manuscript I have decided to put up this website. Every numismatic author will tell you that books are not money makers so I have no hesitation putting this information online.

There is still work to be done. Information about the scrip from Merrill and Kenosha has been difficult to locate.

This site is not intended as a numismatic catalog in that there are no prices or rarity scales. I refer the reader to The Standard Catalog of Depression Scrip by Ralph Mitchell and Neil Shafer for pricing although that volume is over 30 years old and there are items shown here that were unknown to the authors of that volume.

The site is organized by city in the menu at left. There is also a brief introduction to Depression Scrip in the menu at the top. There will be some downloadable documents in the page on Wisconsin Bank Scrip. These documents contain data which will be difficult to display based on the editor I have chosen so they will be available as PDFs.

James A. Downey

April 27, 2019