Confederate Currency

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The Confederate States of America issued a total of seven issues of currency during its existance beginning with the Act of March 9th, 1861 and ending with the Act of February 17th, 1864. The first notes were issued through the Confederacy's original capital of Montgomery, Alabama and these notes are considered extremely rare. Once the state of Virginia seceded and joined the Confederacy, the capital was moved to Richmond in May 1861. All 2nd thru 7th Issue notes were issued through Richmond.

The Confederate notes on this page are authentic.


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Second Issue Notes - July 25, 1861


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1861 Confederate $20 note featuring a sailing ship. Although the signatures appear to be in black ink, when examined under good light they are the correct brown ink color.


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1861 Confederate $50 note featuring the allegorical figure of Tellus on the left hand side of the note and the central vignette of George Washington.






Third Issue Notes - September 2, 1861


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1861 Confederate $5 note featuring the allegorical figure of Ceres seated on a bale of cotton



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring the allegorical figure of Ceres holding an urn with Commerce seated next to her.



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring a slave picking cotton.



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Confederate $10 note featuring the allegorical figure of Ceres reclining on cotton bales with the portrait of Confederate lawmaker R.M.T. Hunter in the lower right corner. This note is a September 2, 1861 issue although it is mis-dated September 2, 1862.



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring the picture of a child along with the portrait of Confederate congressman R.M.T. Hunter. Ironically, the child was no other than Alfred L. Elywyn, who later grew up and became an abolitionist minister in Philadelphia.



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring the allegorical figure of Hope with an anchor, along with the portraits of Confederates R.M.T. Hunter and C.G. Memminger



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring the allegorical figure of Hope with an anchor, along with the portraits of Confederates R.M.T. Hunter and C.G. Memminger. Same as the previous note except for the X--X red overprint.



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1861 Confederate $10 note featuring the American Revolutionary War General Marion's "Sweet Potato Dinner" along with the portrait of Confederate lawmaker R.M.T. Hunter



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1861 Confederate $20 note featuring the allegorical figure of Industry between Cupid and a beehive, along with the portrait of Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens



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1861 Confederate $20 note featuring a sailing ship and sailor at the capstan



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1861 Confederate $50 note featuring the picture of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America. This note was produced on paper imported from England and bears the C.S.A. watermark when held up to a light source.



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1861 Confederate $100 note featuring slaves loading cotton






Fourth Issue Notes - Authorized by the Act of April 17, 1862


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1862 Confederate $1 note featuring Miss Liberty on the left, a sailing steamship, and a picture of Lucy Pickens, wife of South Carolina's governor on the right side.



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1862 Confederate $2 note featuring an allegorical representation of the South striking down the Union. Upper left picture is that of Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate cabinet member.



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1862 Confederate $100 note featuring slaves hoeing cotton



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1862 Confederate $100 note featuring a train and maid carrying a bucket of milk






Fifth Issue Notes - December 2, 1862


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1862 $1 Confederate note featuring the portrait of Clement C. Clay, Confederate congressman from Alabama.



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1862 $2 Confederate note featuring the portrait of Judah Benjamin, Confederate cabinet member.



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1862 Confederate $10 Note featuring the State Capitol at Columbia, South Carolina and a picture of R. M. T. Hunter, member of the Confederate cabinet.



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1862 Confederate $20 Note featuring the State Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee and a picture of Alexander Stephens, Confederate Vice-President.






Sixth Issue Notes - April 6, 1863

All 1863 issued Confederate notes except the 50 cent, the $1 and the $2 note carry a red date stamp. This was the Confederacy's attempt to encourage its citizens to convert these notes into 6 percent interest bearing bonds within 12 months of the date stamp. Upon conversion the note was cancelled by cutting through it with a sharp instrument or by cutting out triangular or semi-circular pieces. Failure to redeem these notes within 12 months meant that they would only be payable with no interest 2 years after a treaty of peace was ratified between the Confederate States and the United States. For this reason, many 1863 issued notes are found with cancellation cuts.


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1863 50 Cent Confederate Fractional Currency with the bust of CSA President Jefferson Davis. The 1863 and 1864 50 Cent fractionals were the only notes issued by the Confederate States of America that had stamped signatures.



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$1 Confederate note featuring the portrait of Clement C. Clay, Confederate congressman from Alabama.



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$2 Confederate note featuring the portrait of Judah Benjamin, Confederate cabinet member.



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$5 Confederate note issued in July 1863 featuring the Richmond, Virginia State Capitol building along with the portrait of C. G. Memminger, Confederate Treasury Secretary



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$10 Confederate note from 1863 featuring the South Carolina State Capitol building along with portrait R. M. T. Hunter, Confederate cabinet member



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$20 Confederate note issued in April 1863 featuring the State Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee and a picture of Alexander Stephens, Confederate Vice-President.



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$50 Confederate note from 1863 featuring the picture of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America



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$100 Confederate note from 1863 featuring the picture of Lucy Pickens, the wife of the South Carolina governor, along with pictures of George W. Randolph and two soldiers






Seventh Issue Notes - February 17, 1864


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1864 50 Cent Confederate Fractional Currency with the bust of CSA President Jefferson Davis



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$1 Confederate note from 1864 featuring the Confederate congressman from Alabama, Clement C. Clay



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$2 Confederate note from 1864 featuring Judah P. Benjamin, a member of the Confederate cabinet



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$5 Confederate note from 1864 also known as the "Lincoln assassination note" because one of these notes were found in Lincoln's wallet immediately after his assassination on April 14, 1865



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$10 Confederate States of America Note from 1864



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$20 Confederate note from 1864 featuring the picture of Alexander Stephens, the Vice-President of the Confederate States of America


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$50 Confederate note from 1864 featuring the picture of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America


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$100 Confederate note from 1864 featuring the picture of Lucy Pickens, the wife of the South Carolina governor, along with portraits of George W. Randolph and two soldiers



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1864 Confederate $500 note featuring the portrait of General "Stonewall" Jackson








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