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150 Southern Historical Society Papers.


September 2, 1862, one bill was issued, this being $10 with a fe- male in the center, seated on a cotton bale, and in one corner a por- trait of R. M. T. Hunter. There is no engraver's name.

What may be called the first complete series of bills bears date December 2, 1862. There are seven bills, beginning with $i and ending with $100. The $r, $2, $5 and $10 are all on rose-colored paper, and the backs of the $5 and $10 are covered with "V" and "X." The $i has a picture of Cassius C. Clay, and is engraved by B. Duncan. The $2 has a large figure 2 in the center, and was en- graved by Keatinge and Ball. The $5 has the Capitol at Rich- mond, and was engraved by Evans & Cogswell, of Charleston. The $10 has the Capitol of Montgomery; engraved by B. Duncan. The $20 has the Capitol of Nashville, and was engraved by Keatinge and Ball. The $50 has the head of President Jefferson Davis; en- graved by Keatinge & Ball. The $100 bears the head of Mrs. Davis; engraved by Keatinge & Ball. The $50 and $100 bills are said to have been engraved by De La Rue, of London, and the plates sent over.

The next issue is dated April 6, 1863, and consists of bills, the 50 cents appearing for the first time. This is on rose-colored paper and bears a medallion portrait of Jefferson Davis; engraved by Archer & Daly, of Richmond. The other bills are from the same dies as those of December 2, 1862, these being $2, $5, $ro, $20, $50 and $100. The bills are not nearly so handsome as those of December 2, 1862, except in the case of the $50 and $100. The $50 and $100, both of the issue of December 2, 1862, and April 6, 1863, have green backs, and really look quite like national currency.


The last issue bears date February 17, 1864. The designs on the bills are the same as those of the issue of April 6, 1863. These bills are all of a red or pink tint, and are more boldly printed than the preceding issue. It is said that most of the plates were made in England and sent over. There was an enormous issue of these bills. The 50 cents was engraved by Archer & Halpin, of Richmond, the $i by Evans & Cogswell, the $2 by Keatinge & Ball, the $5 by Evans & Cogswell, who also engraved the $10, while Keatinge & Ball appear as the engravers of the $20, $50, $100 and $500. The