State of Florida three dollar bill

Designed by
Keatinge & Ball, American, 1861 - 1864
Signed by
Milton, John, American, 1807 - 1865
Subject of
Confederate States of America, 1861 - 1865
March 1, 1863
ink on paper
H x W: 2 7/8 × 6 5/8 in. (7.3 × 16.8 cm)
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.
Place made
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, 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