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Confederate States of America two dollar bill

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Designed by:
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864  Search this
Subject of:
Judah P. Benjamin, American, 1811 - 1884  Search this
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 3 3/16 × 7 1/8 in. (8.1 × 18.1 cm)
American paper money
Place made:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
February 17, 1864
Confederate States of America two dollar bill. In the center of the note is a heavily decorated scalloped edge circle with the number [2] in the center. Surrounding the number is the inscription, [Richmond. / Feb. 17th 1964. / No. / 86545]. At the bottom of the circle is the sentence in cursive, [Two Years after the ratification / of a Treaty of Peace between / the Confederate States & the / United States of America. Underneath, printed in large block letters is the inscription, [THE / CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA / Will pay to the bearer on demand / TWO DOLLARS]. The bottom is signed on the left by [M M Bailey / for Register] and on the right by, [M Allen / for Treasurer]. Between the signatures are the engraver and printers' name, [Engraved & Printed by by Keatinge & Ball]. The left edge of the currency has a border that is densely patterned surrounding the word, [TWO] printed vertically. On the right border the word [TWO] is in an intricately designed rectangular shape. In the center is an oval portrait of Judah P. Benjamin surrounded by scroll work designs. The entire right hand upper corner has been torn off and is missing. The back is blank. Distinct crease marks can be seen showing where the bill had previously been folded.
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
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture