Just two months into the confederacy, in 1861, the Confederate States of America issued its first bank notes. Like the Continentals that had been issued to fund the Revolutionary War, these Confederate notes were designed to raise money for the fight in the South. There were 72 types of bills and hundreds of sub-types issued over a period of three years. In all, some $2 billion in currency was put into circulation.

Denominations ranged from notes worth one-tenth of a dollar to bills worth $1,000. One $50 bill from Montgomery, Alabama depicts slaves hoeing cotton. Other cotton-themed Confederate notes show the Southern crop being loaded onto a steamboat. The portraits of southern leaders such as Stonewall Jackson predictably made it onto bills, but so did the face of George Washington.

At first the paper money appeared to work as a defacto currency, even though it was never formally declared a legal tender. But as the war effort soured, the currency became less valuable and viable. None other than Mrs. Jefferson Davis, the president of the confederacy’s wife, noted in her diary that turkeys were selling for $60 each, while a single bar of soap cost $50.

The problem, among many, was the vast variety of money that was produced. One respected cataloguer of confederate money, Grover Criswell, estimates that there were roughly 140 different varieties of the 1864 $10 bill alone.

Then there were the counterfeits, much of it printed by northerners, which further undermined the currency. During the Civil War, these counterfeits helped contribute to the devaluation of Confederate currency, but today, in some cases, these same counterfeit notes can be highly collectible.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

American Currency Exhibit

American Currency Exhibit

This collection, from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, covers currency from 1690 through half a dozen era… [read review or visit site]

Bank Note Bank

Bank Note Bank

This world banknote and currency image-sharing database is notable for its breadth of contributors and content (abo… [read review or visit site]

Two Cent Revenue Stamped Paper

Two Cent Revenue Stamped Paper

Everything you'd ever want to know about revenue stamped paper (first authorized in 1862). This site features infor… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

100 Dollars The Confederate States Of America Richmond 1864T-70 1864 $2 Confederate States Civil War Note Pcgs Currency New 62 Ppq #945191861 $10 Richmond Csa Note- Scarcer T-26!Authentic Civil War Confederate Bond1864 Confederate States America $20 Twenty Dollar Bill Civil War Currency Note!Confederate $0.50 Through $100 Denomination Set - No Reserve$5 1864 Csa Pmg 63 Epq Unc T-69 Confederate Currency Rare $20 1861 Confederate States Of America T-24 Low/grade1862 Civil War Era $100 Confederate State Of America Hand Signed Csa Note T-39T-41 Pf-12 $100 Confederate Paper Money 1862 - Pmg Choice Uncirculated 63!!1861 Civil War Era Confederate States Of America $50 Hand Signed Csa Note T-161864 T-67 $20 Confederate Note Pmg 63 Epq Ch/unc S/n 32421862 $100 Confederate States Of America Richmond Virginia 3 Stamps 1862 $100 8% Bond Civil War Confederate States Of America Ball #54 Full Sheet1861 $10 Us Confederate States Of America! Fine Old Us Paper Money Currency1862 $1000 8% Bond Civil War Confederate States Of America Full Sheet Ball #1241864 Richmond Confederate C 100 NoteLot Of 12 Mixed Confederate Currency Us & Canada Fractional Currency Bond Coupon$50.00 (t-57) Confederate Paper Money Dated April 6th 1863 "1st Series"1864 $50 Dollar Confederate Currency Banknote -us Civil War Rare + $20 Bond NoteConfederate Currency Collection -19 Authentic Bills- Great Deal On The Whole LotT39 $100 1862 Pf-13 Cr 294 Pmg Choice About Uncirculated 58*stunning 1862 $100.00 Confederate States Note Richmond Va. - Estate Fresh*Confederate Currency Civil War Era Item Pcgs Graded Vf 30Group Lot Of Seven High Grade And Rarer 1861 (+ 1 1863) Confederate Banknotes1864 Confederate States Of America $50, Pcgs 40ppq Extremely Fine, T-66T-66 Pf-3 $50 1864 Confederate Paper Money - Pmg Choice About Uncirculated 58 !!T-40 Pf-1 $100 Confederate Paper Money - 1862 - Pmg About Uncirculated 55!!Confederate Currency Civil War Item Pcgs Graded Vf 25 $4 South Carolina Confederate States Cancelled Currency-jun 2, 1962 Serial # 24dT-72 Pf-1 $0.50 Confederate Paper Money 1864 - Pcgs Choice New 63 Ppq!!Federal Reserve Note Frbn $10 1929 St. Louis Pcgs Graded Ef 451864 Confederate $2 Dollar (t-70) Note-choice Unc.- Pristine Beauty/pink Hue !!!Confederate $500 Bill Feb 17th 1864 Stonewall Jackson No ReserveFederal Reserve Note Frbn $20 1929 St. Louis Pcgs Graded Vf 301864 $5 Pcgs Ch. Au 55 Ppq Confederate (t-69) U.s. Note!T-59 Pf-33 $10 Confederate Paper Money 1863 - Pmg Choice Very Fine 35 Net!! Hgr 1863 $1 Confederate-georgia ((train Scene)) Appears Gem Uncirculated1862 T-42 $2 The Confederate States Of America Note - Civil War Era1861 T-26 $10 The Confederate States Of America Note - Civil War Era1862 $100 Confederate Bond 1,752 IssuedT-68 Pf-44 $10 Confederate Paper Money 1864 - Pcgs About New 53!!Federal Reserve Note Frbn $20 1929 St. Louis Pcgs Graded Vf 301861 $1000 Bond Civil War Confederate States Of America Lucy Pickens Ball #864 Pc Lot Currency 1864 Confederate States Of America $10 Banknotes #jc871865 $10 Confederate Note (georgia)1861 Confederate States Of America $10 * Pmg 12 Fine * T-29 * Neat1861 $1,000 Us Confederate States Of America Choice Vf Us Bond Note! Old Money$10 1861 Confederate Upham Contemporary Counterfeit Note Ct-22 20491861 $10 Confederate Note; C.s.a. Currency From Early Civil War Era1861 $10 Confederate States Of America "sweet Potato Dinner" Cr-238 1st SeriesConfederate Money --- Lot Of 12 Notes --- Authentic Looking CopiesTwo Dollar Bill $2 Note Civil War Era Alabama Deposit Savings Mobile 1800'sNice June 2nd 1862 Confederate States Of America One Dollar Richmond Banknote T-65 Pf-2 $100 1864 Confederate Paper MoneyT-62 Pf-10 $1 Confederate Paper Money 1863Antique $100 Confederate Currency Banknote 1864 Richmond Banknote*stunning 1864 $10.00 Confederate States Of America Richmond Virginia Note*Rare~~three (3) Notes~~confederate Currency Notes~~$1; $2 & $10~~well Worn *beautiful 1861 $100.00 Confederate States Richmond Va. - Estate Fresh*