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

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(2) 1975-S United States Bicentennial Silver Uncirculated Sets
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$304 Bids
1863 $10 CONFEDERATE NOTE CU
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
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Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Brunk Auctions
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1864 $10 Confederate Note, T-68 Grades vf, very fine
Oct 19, 5:45 PM EDT
1864 $10 Confederate Note, T-68 Grades vf, very fine
by Key Date Coins, Inc.
Est: $25- $100
$82 Bids
1864 Richmond, Virginia $10 Confederate Note. AU.
Oct 20, 5:00 PM EDT
1864 Richmond, Virginia $10 Confederate Note. AU.
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$42 Bids
1864 Richmond, Virginia $500 Confederate Currency. Nice Note.
Oct 20, 5:00 PM EDT
1864 Richmond, Virginia $500 Confederate Currency. Nice Note.
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Est: $150- $300
$751 Bid
2-1863 $5 CONFEDERATE NOTES
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
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Est: $100- $130
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Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 10 assorted T-Shirts
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Est: $30- $500
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Artists Of Israel: 1920-1980 The Jewish Museum
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Artists Of Israel: 1920-1980 The Jewish Museum
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Est: $10- $1,000
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1864 $20 The Confederate States of America Note
Oct 19, 8:00 AM PDT
1864 $20 The Confederate States of America Note
by BK Auctions
Est: $95- $110
$11 Bid
1861 Richmond, Virginia $20 Confederate Currency. Low Grade.
Oct 20, 5:00 PM EDT
1861 Richmond, Virginia $20 Confederate Currency. Low Grade.
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Civil War Confederate & Union Postal Covers & Currency, approx. 80 items
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Civil War Confederate & Union Postal Covers & Currency, approx. 80 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
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$1250 Bids
1863 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA LETTER ENVELOPE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $30- $500
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Group of Painted Wooden Plaques
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2 James Rosenquist SPOKES Etchings, Signed Editions
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
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$500 Bids
$10 Chemicograph Back Confederate Currency Note PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ
Oct 19, 8:00 AM PDT
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by BK Auctions
Est: $200- $240
$10 Bids
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note
Oct 19, 8:00 AM PDT
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by BK Auctions
Est: $85- $100
$10 Bids
Group of United States Paper Currency
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Est: $800- $1,000
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Sellers Who Sell Confederate States of America Currency


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Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

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