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Subject of:
Christopher G. Memminger, German American, 1803 - 1888  Search this
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865  Search this
Printed by:
Walker, Evans & Co., American, 1855 - 1982  Search this
Designed by:
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 3 1/8 × 7 1/8 in. (7.9 × 18.1 cm)
American paper money
Place made:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
February 17, 1864
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. / 27449]. 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 [B Clarke / for Register] and on the right by, [M Allen Nelson / 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. 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. The back has a lot of staining as well.
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 Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Coins and Currency
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture