Subject of
Memminger, Christopher G., German American, 1803 - 1888
Printed by
Walker, Evans & Co., American, 1855 - 1982
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 1/8 × 7 1/8 in. (7.9 × 18.1 cm)
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.
Place made
Richmond, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
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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