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.
PF-5. An early issue with strong color and bright paper.
Vignettes include a scene of a slave picking cotton, cotton transported by boat, and a resting dog. The color remains good and wear is even.
PF-5. CR-233. Plate # A13-Large Number Right of A. A solid note with plenty of remaining brightness.
A central vignette depicts a slave picking cotton. A pleasing note with solid color and 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.
Fully framed with nice color and even wear.
R.M.T. Hunter at left, young girl at right. A pleasing note with solid color and premium paper exhibiting plenty of brightness.
Vignettes include a scene of a slave picking cotton, cotton transported by boat, and a resting dog. Inks remain strong and paper still retains a pleasing appearance.
A beautiful issue that has an appearance as rich as its history. These notes were ordered by the Confederate Treasury and printed by the National Bank Note Company under an American Bank Note subcontract in New York prior to the war. This example was part of a second delivery to Montgomery Alabama, the Confederacy's first capital. Endorsed and signed by A.J. Guirot, an Assistant Treasurer based in New Orleans. He served until the city fell in 1862. Vivid green and black inks along with blue serial numbers stand out on bright solid paper. Signatures are bold and margins surround the design. A 'must' for a serious and advanced collector or historian.
An attractive early high denomination that is well inked and exhibits premium paper. The border is full except for the lower right corner where an unnoted 'foldover' printing error has occurred. resulting in part of 'Treasr' and a small portion of frame not being printed on the face. A very desirable Confederate issue and interesting error.
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. A reissued note by the Trans-Mississippi Department under General E. Kirby Smith due to a lack of available notes. A red stamp marked the reissue. Solid for the grade with a clear stamp.
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.
Vignettes include a train and a woman carrying a basket. Fully framed and a pleasing appearance. Endorsed by W. Smith.
Red Validation Date. Vignettes include slaves hoeing cotton. Fully framed with premium paper and plenty of eye appeal. A red validation stamp assures the date the note was determined to be genuine.
Slaves hoeing cotton vignette. A pleasing original note with full margins wrapping entirely around the frame.
A fully framed and ample margined note that exhibits strong color and bright pink paper.
Attractive green and black inks rest upon bright premium paper. The serial numbers and 'July 1863' are stamped boldly in red.
Portrait of Clement Clay. Pleasing color and fresh premium white paper. Three margins are wide and eye appeal is strong.