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Designed by:
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864  Search this
Signed by:
John Milton, American, 1807 - 1865  Search this
Subject of:
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 2 7/8 × 6 5/8 in. (7.3 × 16.8 cm)
Type:
money
American paper money
Place made:
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 1, 1863
Description:
State of Florida three dollar bill featuring a central image of a large ship with extended sails at sea. Underneath the ship, printed in large block letters is the inscription, [THE / STATE OF FLORIDA / Will pay THREE DOLLARS to bearer / on demand. TALLAHASSSEE. March 1st 1863]. The bottom is signed on the left by [C. H. Austin / Treasurer] and on the right by, [John Milton / Governor]. In the center is a dark box with white lettering that reads, [THE / PUBLICLANDS / OF THE / STATE PLEDGED]. Underneath Milton's signature is the engraver's name, [Keatinge & Ball, Columbia S.C]. At the top, on either side of the ship is printed the word, [No.] with the handwritten response below, [21-1]. Additionally two signatures surround the boat in black ink, [J. H. Benezes] and [W. M. McIntosh]. On the left side of the image are three circles that overlap each other. The top circle has an image of a two seated women. Surrounding the image is the inscription, [RECEIVABLE BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN PAYMENT OF ALL DUES AND DEMANDS]. The second circle has the large print word, [THREE]. The bottom circle has a decorative scroll work bottom with a stag stepping out of the dark background of the circle. On the right is a heavily decorated circle with the number, [3] in the center. In the right corner of the note is an image of a woman standing, looking to her left, in front of the sea. She is carrying a scepter and an anchor rests to her right. The back of the note is blank.
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:
2017.108.9.3
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/fd53680a31c-d5c6-4cd8-bb72-323303a1966e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.108.9.3