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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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Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $375- $750
$3507 Bids
1864 Series Confederate $10 Note
Mar 02, 7:00 PM EST
1864 Series Confederate $10 Note
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$114 Bids
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $400
$2203 Bids
(7) Confederate and Obsolete Currency Notes
Mar 15, 10:00 AM CDT
(7) Confederate and Obsolete Currency Notes
by Kennedy's Auction Service
Est: $10- $100,000
$603 Bids
Confederate States of America, 1862, Issued Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1862, Issued Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $150- $300
$552 Bids
1863 $20 Twenty Dollar Confederate States of America Richmond CSA Bank Note Bill
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1863 $20 Twenty Dollar Confederate States of America Richmond CSA Bank Note Bill
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
1861 $20 Confederate States of America Note T-9 Legacy Very Fine 30
Mar 02, 7:00 AM PST
1861 $20 Confederate States of America Note T-9 Legacy Very Fine 30
by BK Auctions
Est: $240- $280
$302 Bids
(4) Original 1862-63 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Fragments
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
(4) Original 1862-63 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Fragments
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$152 Bids
1862 $10.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Note
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
1862 $10.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Note
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$251 Bid
Confederate States of America, 1861, Cancelled Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1861, Cancelled Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note T-68 PMG Choice About Unci 58PPQ
Mar 02, 7:00 AM PST
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note T-68 PMG Choice About Unci 58PPQ
by BK Auctions
Est: $120- $140
$11 Bid
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note
Mar 03, 7:00 AM PST
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note
by BK Auctions
Est: $95- $110
$11 Bid
1862 $1 Confederate States of America Note T-55 Legacy Choice About New 55
Mar 03, 7:00 AM PST
1862 $1 Confederate States of America Note T-55 Legacy Choice About New 55
by BK Auctions
Est: $240- $280
$11 Bid
1861 $10 Confederate States of America Note T-24 PMG Very Fine 20 Hole Canceled
Mar 03, 7:00 AM PST
1861 $10 Confederate States of America Note T-24 PMG Very Fine 20 Hole Canceled
by BK Auctions
Est: $210- $240
$11 Bid
1864 LG Confederate $20 Legal Tender Note
Mar 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1864 LG Confederate $20 Legal Tender Note
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $20- $10,000
$151 Bid
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note
Mar 05, 8:00 AM PST
1864 $10 Confederate States of America Note
by BK Auctions
Est: $85- $100
$11 Bid
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $300- $600
$101 Bid
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Confederate States of America, 1861, Issued Banknote
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
1861 T-36 $5.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Note
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
1861 T-36 $5.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Note
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$251 Bid
1864 LG $10 Confederate Note
Mar 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1864 LG $10 Confederate Note
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $35- $10,000
$300 Bids
1864 LG $20 Confederate Note
Mar 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1864 LG $20 Confederate Note
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $45- $10,000
$400 Bids
1864 LG $10 Confederate States of America Legal
Mar 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1864 LG $10 Confederate States of America Legal
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids
1864 $500 Confederate States Note PCGS F12 Detail
Mar 13, 5:00 PM CDT
1864 $500 Confederate States Note PCGS F12 Detail
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $430- $10,000
$4250 Bids
(2) Original 1863-64 $20.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Notes
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
(2) Original 1863-64 $20.00 CSA Richmond VA. Currency Notes
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Confederate States of America Currency


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