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Subject of:
Jefferson Davis, American, 1808 - 1889  Search this
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865  Search this
Designed by:
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 3 5/16 × 7 3/8 in. (8.4 × 18.7 cm)
Type:
money
American paper money
Place made:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 17, 1864
Description:
Confederate States of America fifty dollar bill featuring a central image of Jefferson Davis. Inscribed in cursive above the illustration is the sentence, [Two Years after the / Ratification of a Treaty / of Peace between the / Confederate States / and the / United States]. Underneath in bold lettering are the words, [THE CONFEDERATE]. The identifying number of the bill is printed below on both sides of the illustration, [No. / 34991]. Below in bold lettering again, [STATES OF/ AMERICA/ Will pay to the / bearer on demand / FIFTY / DOLLARS / Richmond, Feb. 17th 1864.] The bottom is signed on the left by [[illegible] / FOR REGISTER] and on the right by, [A Baker / FOR TREASURER]. In between the signatures is inscribed the engravers, [Keatinge & Ball, Columbia S.C.]. On the top right and left is a heavily designed circle with the number [50] in the center. Surrounding the entire note is a border of the words, [FIFTY] and [50]. The back of the note is all in blue ink. On each corner of the rectangular shape are decorative concentric designed circles with the number [50] in the center. The word [FIFTY] is in bold lettering with horizontal stripes at the center of the note.
Topic:
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Commerce  Search this
Government  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2017.108.9.12
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Coins and Currency
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ffc12af7-011a-4eb0-a730-8b05386e87d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.108.9.12