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    

1864 $500 Confederate Notes Ch/au 1864 $1 & 2$ Confederate Notes Ch/au Civil War Confederate 1862 Lazy 5 Dollar Bill Baton Rouge Louisiana Paper Money $50 Rare (confederate Note) 1800's" $50 "actual Autographs" (confederate)rareConfederate States. 1862. 100 Dollars T-41 Uncirculated With Paper Tone.$1 (ships Ahoy!!) 1800's" $1 "actual Autographs"$1 (confederate) "ships Ahoy"Lot Of 33 Confederate Currency Notes Vintage Civl War Estate Collection$10 Rare! (confederate Note) 1800's" $10 "actual Autographs" (confederate Note)Civil War Confederate 1863 100 Dollar Bill Pcgs Milledgeville Georgia Money Note$5 (confederate Note) 1800's" $5 "actual Autographs"$5 (confederate Note)$5 !!!Civil War Confederate 1864 5 Dollar Bill Richmond Virginia Paper Money Note Csa T-68 Pf-38 $10 Confederate Paper Money 1864 - Pmg Ch Unc 64 - Choice - Gold!! 1864 - $5 Confederate States Of America T-69 - Choice Unc 64 - PmgOriginal 1863 Confederate States 50 Cent Fractional Currency Bill / Note T-308Civil War Confederate 1864 10 Dollar Bill Richmond Virginia Paper Money Note Cs 1864 $50 Confederate Note Ch Au $10 (confederate Note) 1800's" $10 "actual Autographs"$10 (confederate Note)$10Civil War Confederate 1864 20 Dollar Bill Richmond Virginia Paper Money Note Cs $500 (confederate Note) 1800's" $500 "actual Autographs"$500 (confederate NoteConfederate $500 Bill Feb.17th 1864 Stonewall Jackson Dark Red Color No ReserveAls "queen Of The Csa" 1st Lady S.c. Pickens & Csa $100 Bill (pictures Her)Hgr 1864 $50 Confederate ((rare Grade)) Appears Choice Uncirculated1862 $100 Confederate Note Ch Unc 2 1864 $5 Confederate Notes Vf/xf & Fine 1861 Confederate States Of America $50 Bond Cr#20 20 Coupons Attached Rare!Feb 17 1864 Confederate $100 Note$10 Nice! (confederate Note) 1800's" $10 "actual Autographs" (confederate Note)Civil War Confederate 1863 75 Cents Note South Carolina Paper Money Currency Vtg$5 (confederate Note) 1800's" $5 "actual Autographs"$5 (confederate Note)1800'sCivil War Confederate 1862 3 Dollar Bill Train Ship Jackson Mississippi Money MsConfederate Surrender Parole- Raleigh, North CarolinaT-41 Pf-11 $100 Confederate Paper Money 1862 - Pmg About Uncirculated 50!(2) Uncut 1863 $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant Confederate Note Xf+ Very RareGa-19 Cr-6 $100.00 Georgia Paper Money 1863 - Pmg Uncirculated 62 Epq!Ga-18 Cr-7 $50.00 Georgia Paper Money 1863 - Pmg Uncirculated 62 Epq! 1864 Confederate States Of America $100 Dollar Bill Currency Note T-651862 T-40 $100 The Confederate States Of America Note - Civil War Era W/ TrainHgr 1863 $3 Confederate ((state Of N. Carolina)) Pmg Choice Unc 63Series December 1, 1862 $100 Confederate NoteT-69 Pf-9 $5 1864 Confederate Paper Money - Pmg Uncirculated 62 Epq!!Rare 1862 Csa Confederate States Of America Obsolete $2 Currency Note! Usc139T-67 Pf-14 $20 Confederate Paper Money 1864 - Pcgs Ch Abt New 58 Ppq - Choice!!Rare 1864 Csa Confederate States Of America Obsolete $50 Currency Note! Usc145Civil War Confederate Csa $10 1864 Arkansas Treasury Warrant Obsolete Currency 1863 Confederate States Of America $1000 Bond Cr#130a 7 Coupons Attached Rare!1862 $100 Confederate Note Xf 1864 $5 Confederate Note T 69$100 "slaves Hoeing" (super Crispy)!!! (confederate Note) "csa Stamp On Reverse"1861-confederate100-t-13 Graded Xf-40--(cga)1861 $5 Confederate Note Vf Light Writing On Back, Slight Stains1864 $20 Confederate States Of America T-67 - Vg$100 Hoer Confederate 1862 Currency Sharp Eye Appeal$20 Rare! (confederate Note) 1800's" $20 "actual Autographs" (confederate) Nice!Confederate Currency T-40 $100 1862 Two Interest Paid Stamps Johnston/harveySeries September 2, 1861 $10 Confederate NoteMatagorda County Texas July 1 1862 One Dollar CurrencyNice Civil War Confederate Csa T-42 $2 Slayer Note Obsolete Currency J Benjamin 1864 $10 Ten Dollar Confederate Note / Currency T-68 #c8Series September 2, 1861 $5 Confederate NoteCsa T 37. $5. 1861