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Confederate States of America Currency

Confederate States of American (CSA) currency is unique in that it was not backed by any hard standard, but rather by a promise of repayment upon independence. Both coins and banknotes were created for the fledgling CSA. Banknotes were nicknamed greybacks, associated with the grey color of the South's military uniforms.

CSA currency existed in many forms: Confederacy-wide notes, state-issued notes, and private bank-issued notes. Several prototype coins were made both during and after the Civil War. In 1861, 12 to 14 original prototype copper-nickel pennies were minted. The dies used to mint these coins now reside in the Smithsonian Institute, although they were used to make commemorative coins after the Civil War. Additionally, four Confederate half-dollar coins were minted. All four survive to this day.

Today, CSA currency is very collectible due to the historical resonance of the American Civil War. Many bills and coins show signs of individual stories that reflect the turbulence of the time in a way that few other mediums can accomplish. While counterfeiting was popular due to the large number of different printings, there are many noteworthy and desirable counterfeits with quality equal to or even surpassing that of the officially released currency.


Quick Facts

  • The promissory nature of CSA currency echoes that of the United States Revolution when the colonies produced fiat currency
  • Many CSA banknote designs feature prominent contemporary and historical figures including a $50 bill featuring George Washington
  • An 1861 issue $100 note sold for just over $5,000 at a California auction in 2014. Several other rare notes sold at the same auction for $2,000 to $3,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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1861 Confederate States of America Loan Twenty Dollars Coupon Note
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
1861 Confederate States of America Loan Twenty Dollars Coupon Note
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$124 Bids
1862 $100 Confederate States of America Note T-40 PCGS Extremely Fine 40
Sep 28, 8:00 AM PDT
1862 $100 Confederate States of America Note T-40 PCGS Extremely Fine 40
by BK Auctions
Est: $170- $200
$11 Bid
Richmond Sept. 2, 1861 Five Dollar Confederate Bill No. 806 Excellent Details
Oct 05, 5:00 PM EDT
Richmond Sept. 2, 1861 Five Dollar Confederate Bill No. 806 Excellent Details
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
1864 $10 Confederate Note UNC Great Color
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $10 Confederate Note UNC Great Color
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $100 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $100 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $50 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $50 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $5 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $5 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $20 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $20 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $20 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $20 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $2 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $2 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $100 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $100 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
1864 $10 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $10 CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $70
$100 Bids
CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA $1000 BOND
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
CONFEDERATE STATES of AMERICA $1000 BOND
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $200- $300
$100 Bids
1864 $10 Confederate States of America UNC Great Color
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $10 Confederate States of America UNC Great Color
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $50 Confederate States of America
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $50 Confederate States of America
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $20 Confederate States of America
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $20 Confederate States of America
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $5 Confederate States of America
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $5 Confederate States of America
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $10 Confederate States of America
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $10 Confederate States of America
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
1864 $50 Confederate States of America
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 $50 Confederate States of America
by Rolling M Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
$500 Chemicograph Back Confederate Currency Note PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ
Sep 27, 8:00 AM PDT
$500 Chemicograph Back Confederate Currency Note PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ
by BK Auctions
Est: $240- $280
$10 Bids
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1862. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA LOAN 5 V 1862.
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
1862. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA LOAN 5 V 1862.
by Antykwariat Derubeis
Est: 500 zł- 600 zł
500 zł0 Bids
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1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 200 Funtów Szterlingów.
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 200 Funtów Szterlingów.
by Antykwariat Derubeis
Est: 600 zł- 800 zł
600 zł0 Bids
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1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 500 Funtów Szterlingów.
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 500 Funtów Szterlingów.
by Antykwariat Derubeis
Est: 1,000 zł- 1,500 zł
1,000 zł0 Bids
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1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 1000 Funtów Szterlingów.
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
1863. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA COTTON LOAN 1 VI 1863. 1000 Funtów Szterlingów.
by Antykwariat Derubeis
Est: 2,000 zł- 3,000 zł
2,000 zł0 Bids

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