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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
ink on paper
H x W: 3 5/16 × 7 3/8 in. (8.4 × 18.7 cm)
American paper money
Place made:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
February 17, 1864
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.
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:
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Coins and Currency
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National Museum of African American History and Culture