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Confederate States of America five dollar bill

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Subject of:
Christopher G. Memminger, German American, 1803 - 1888  Search this
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865  Search this
Designed by:
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864  Search this
Printed by:
Walker, Evans & Co., American, 1855 - 1982  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 3 1/16 × 7 1/16 in. (7.8 × 17.9 cm)
Type:
money
American paper money
Place made:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 17, 1864
Description:
Confederate States of America five dollar bill featuring a central illustration of the Virginia State Capitol Building surrounded by woods and people walking. Surrounding the top of the image, typed in a half circle, is the inscription, [TWO YEARS AFTER THE RATIFICATION OF A TREATY OF PEACE BETWEEN THE CONFEDERATE STATES & THE UNITED STATES]. The identifying number of the bill is printed and handwritten above, [No. / 17844]. Underneath the illustration, printed in large block letters is the inscription, [The Confederate States of America / WILL PAY / TO / Bearer / FIVE DOLLARS. / G / RICHMOND / 5 / February 17th 1864. The bottom is signed on the left by [[illegible] / for Register] and on the right by, [[illegible] / for Treasurer]. Between the signatures are the engravers name, [Engraved by Keatinge & Ball, Columbia S.C]. The left edge of the currency has a border that is densely patterned surrounding the word, [FIVE] printed vertically. Along the inner edge of the border are the printers’ name, [Lithog by Evans & Cogswell.] On the right is a heavily decorated scalloped edge circle with the number [5] in the center. Below in an oval is a portrait of C.G. Memminger. There are stains at each corner showing where it had previously been adhered to something else. 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 [5] in the center. The word [FIVE] 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:
2017.108.9.14
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/fd55f4bedab-d9fd-490d-b528-8414088bcb50
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.108.9.14