When the Confederacy seceded from the Union in 1861, it immediately began issuing paper currency. The Confederacy struck no coinage, so paper money was the staple of everyday commerce.
Between 1861 and 1865, the Confederate States of America issued over 100 varieties of currency, some very rare, others very affordable. All are colorful and historically important, and feature vignettes of Confederate heroes, officials and buildings. You can find notes portraying Jefferson Davis, Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and the Confederate capitol of Richmond.
With increased interest in our Civil War history, the issues of the Confederate States have become more and more desirable, with the earlier issues becoming increasingly hard to find. We try and stock as many interesting Confederate notes as we can as we have seen interest in this fascinating area of collecting explode in recent years.
Printed by Southern Bank Note Company, this early issue saw a print run of 58,860 notes. Color is strong and bright orange protectors remain unoxidized. The paper exhibits honest even wear.
A solid note that includes the vignettes of Hope with an anchor center, Secretary of State Robert Hunter right, and Secretary of Treasury Christopher Memminger left.
Solid for the grade with plenty of remaining brightness and eye appeal.
R.M.T. Hunter at left, young girl at right. A pleasing note with solid color and premium paper exhibiting plenty of brightness.
A central vignette features Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy. Green and black inks blend well onto paper with even wear.
Vignettes include Ceres, goddess of agriculture, on bales of cotton in the center. Well inked for the issue and pleasing paper.
Ordered by the Confederate Treasury and printed by the National Bank Note Company under an American Bank Note subcontract. This note was part of a shipment nearly intercepted by authorities in New York harbor in April, 1861. Eventually a delivery occurred in the note's namesake, Montgomery Alabama, the first capitol of the Confederacy. An endorsement from July 15, 1861, can be found on the back by Captain Thomas K. Jackson, serving under General Wises command at Lynchburg, VA. A white border surrounds a design that includes a central vignette of slaves hoeing cotton. Green and black inks and blue serial numbers rest on paper with plenty of brightness. A showpiece for any advanced collection.
Slaves hoeing cotton vignette. A pleasing original note with 4 more than ample margins and 2 stamped interest payments.
Strong color and bright premium paper. A full inner frame and 3 wide margins.
Vignettes include a portrait of Lucy Pickens. Inks are strong and paper is bright and original.
Portrait of Stonewall Jackson. Pleasing black and pink inks blend well with solid paper.