Subject of
Davis, Jefferson, American, 1808 - 1889
Designed by
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864
Subject of
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865
February 17, 1864
ink on paper
H x W: 3 5/16 × 7 3/8 in. (8.4 × 18.7 cm)
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.
Place made
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Coins and Currency
american paper money
American South
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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