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Collecting Confederate Coins, Currency, and Memorabilia

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Collecting amazing vintage items is a fun, and educational way to relive the joys of the past.

The Confederacy in 1861 had three Branch Mints to make Coins

At the time of the gold rush of the 1830s in the southeastern United States, the state of Georgia, and also North Carolina during this time were hot beds in the center of the southern gold rush. During this time the Congress of the United States passed a Treasury Department bill in 1835 creating many new branch mints in the southeast one at New Orleans, Louisiana; the second one at Charlotte, North Carolina; and the third was at Dahlonega, Georgia. When these states seceded to join the Confederacy in 1861, these three branch mints were turned over the Confederacy. All three were well supplied at the time of secession with large amount of gold and silver bullion to meet the new nation needs at that time.

Three Confederate Civil War Coins, A Cent, $20.00, & Half Dollar

Confederate Civil War Re-strike. Coins 3 coin a One Cent, $20.00, & Half Dollar ...
Confederate Civil War Re-strike. Coins 3 coin a One Cent, $20.00, & Half Dollar ...

The Gold Rush of the 1830s in the Southeastern United States

The gold rush of the 1830s in the Southeastern United States, large deposits were discovered in the state of Georgia, and also North Carolina.
The gold rush of the 1830s in the Southeastern United States, large deposits were discovered in the state of Georgia, and also North Carolina.

Remarkable Coins were produced in the Mints in CSA Control

Many remarkable Confederate States coins were produced under the three branch mints in Confederate control: The Confederate half dollars, countless one cents, and the well-known double eagles and twenty dollar CSA gold coins from New Orleans, Confederate gold dollars and very nice half eagles were also produced at Dahlonega, and more golden half eagles, and Confederate States silver fifty cents coins came from Charlotte.

Confederate One Cent from 1861, also known as a Fantasy Penny

This is a Confederate One Cent from 1861 sometimes know as a Confederate token or fantasy penny.
This is a Confederate One Cent from 1861 sometimes know as a Confederate token or fantasy penny.

In 1861 Mr. Memminger ordered designs for the CSA Half Dollars

In early April, in the year 1861 the Confederate States of America Secretary of the Treasury Christopher Memminger ordered that the designs for the new CSA half dollars be submitted for approval for the new nations coinage. Because the United States dies in the New Orleans Mint could not be fitted to hold the regular coining press it was necessary to use the tried and true old hand screw press which only four coins could be pressed at a time. With the increased pressure from the blockade from the Union Ships the order came from the secretary of the Confederacy to suspending operations on account of not being able to obtaining enough bullion to meet the demands of the three mints.

1861 Confederate States of America One Cent Coins, Pennies

1862 Confederate Cent, With Good Raised Sculptured Relief

A 1862 Confederate One Cent Penny, This one has a really good Raised Sculptured Relief
A 1862 Confederate One Cent Penny, This one has a really good Raised Sculptured Relief

For 4 Years the CSA Printed their Own Confederate Currency

Not many folks know that for a period of about four years the Confederate States of America printed their own currency, and for roughly two years they made their own coins. Many northern publications do not agree with this coinage fact. But for many of us in the south who have metal detectors the number of Confederate penny’s and other CSA coins found in different locations confirm that this was a fact and not fiction. A number of southern printing establishments were involved in the printing and distributing of paper Confederate currency and bonds to the new government and southern banks. The Confederate coinage was first run by the captured mints, but soon with the crushing need for coins to keep the economy lubricated and active token companies started the contribute to the needs of the Confederate government, with one cent, fifty cents, and 20-dollar gold pieces to name a few.

Back side of the 1862 Confederate Cent, With Crops of the South

The back side of the 1862 Confederate One Cent Coin, with Crops of the South on the Sides.
The back side of the 1862 Confederate One Cent Coin, with Crops of the South on the Sides.

Small Hordes of CSA Coins & Currency were Hidden in the South

Many of the coins that were manufactured by the Confederate States of America were confiscated and destroyed after the occupation of the south by the victorious Union troops. The only currency and coinage that was saved was the ones that were hidden out of site by people who wanted to keep a souvenir of the conquered nation. Many small hordes of coins and currency were hidden in attics, walls, and root cellars in the remaining homes of the vanquished south.

The front side of the 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents CSA Coin

A 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents Coin, God will prove us right. Deo Vindice (motto of the Confederate States of America) "God Will Vindicate"
A 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents Coin, God will prove us right. Deo Vindice (motto of the Confederate States of America) "God Will Vindicate"

Manufacturing of the currency for the CSA a Lesson in History

When I moved into my Great-grandfathers home in Centerville Tennessee and started doing some remodeling, I was amazed at all the Confederate currency and coins in the attic and cubbyholes. Doing some research I discovered that this area was a major commerce center for exchanging currency and banking back before and during the Civil War and afterwards things were very different. I was very intrigued at all the amazing designs, and companies involved in the manufacturing of the currency of the Confederacy. It is a very fun hobby and you can learn a lot about the people, and the times of this tragic time in our nations history.

The Backside of the 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents CSA Coin

The Backside of the 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents CSA Coin
The Backside of the 1862 Confederate Fifty Cents CSA Coin

New Coinage for the Newly formed Confederate States of America

It took a great deal of work to create the new coinage for the newly formed Confederate States of America. Two preliminary seals for the front of most coins were a side profile of the Southern version of Lady Liberty, the other was a full frontal view of Lady Liberty surrounded by all the bountiful crops of the southern agricultural society. For the fifty cent coin was proposed for the front of the coin a depiction of a Confederate soldier with his bayonet in the foreground, the artist wanted a woman, child, church, and the Smokey Mountains in the background underneath bright and rising shining sun. This coin back like the others would be surrounded by a wreath consisting of four major crops of the Confederate States, being rice, cotton, sugar cane, and of-course tobacco.

1862 Twenty Dollar Confederate Gold Coin very well Made

A Very Nice Twenty Dollar Confederate Gold Coin with Detailed Craftsmanship.
A Very Nice Twenty Dollar Confederate Gold Coin with Detailed Craftsmanship.

The Back of the Twenty Dollar Confederate Gold Coin CSA 1862

Twenty Confederate 1861 Cents found Buried in a Jar Tennessee

Twenty Confederate 1861 Cents found Buried in a Jar in Centerville Tennessee
Twenty Confederate 1861 Cents found Buried in a Jar in Centerville Tennessee

The Confederate Treasury & the Lost Treasure of the CSA

A "One Dollar" 1864 Confederate States of America Currency

A One Dollar 1864 Confederate States of America Currency printed in Richmond Virginia
A One Dollar 1864 Confederate States of America Currency printed in Richmond Virginia

A 1864 Two Dollar Confederate States of America Currency

A 1864 Two Dollar Confederate States of America  Currency.  With Judah P. Benjamin to the right on the front of the bill.
A 1864 Two Dollar Confederate States of America Currency. With Judah P. Benjamin to the right on the front of the bill.

A Beautiful Collection of Confederate States CSA Currency's

A 1864 Five Dollar Confederate States of America Currency

A 1864 $5.00 Confederate States of America Currency. The the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia in the center, and C. G. Memminger to the right. This is a series 6 printing of this bill.
A 1864 $5.00 Confederate States of America Currency. The the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia in the center, and C. G. Memminger to the right. This is a series 6 printing of this bill.

A 1964 Ten Dollar Confederate States of America Currency

A $10.00 Confederate States of America Currency. With a team of horses pulling cannon in the center, and R.M.T. Hunter to the right. This is the fifty series. With a lot of hand drawn workmanship.
A $10.00 Confederate States of America Currency. With a team of horses pulling cannon in the center, and R.M.T. Hunter to the right. This is the fifty series. With a lot of hand drawn workmanship.

Confederate States of American $10 Bill, $20 Gold Piece, & More

CSA Currency was known as "Pink Notes" due to their Colors

In 1861, the eleven southern states seceded from the Union know as the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. In order to finance the new government, and protect the newly created nation know as the CSA from evasion from the northern states known as the Union, the Confederate States of America newly created Treasury Department issued many new banknotes, commonly referred to as "pink notes" due to their soft pinkish red colors in denominations ranging from 50 cents to $1000. As the Civil War intensified, and the war with the Union drained the Treasury of the CSA, the Confederate government continued to produce in larger numbers of CSA banknotes, which led to high inflation rates, and a loss of confidence in the Confederate States of America currency.

The Front of the 1864 $20 Confederate States of America Note

The Front of the 1864 Twenty Dollar  Confederate States of America Note made in Richmond Virginia
The Front of the 1864 Twenty Dollar Confederate States of America Note made in Richmond Virginia

The Back of the 1864 $20 Confederate States of America Note

The Back of the 1864 Twenty Dollar Confederate States of America Note made in Richmond Virginia
The Back of the 1864 Twenty Dollar Confederate States of America Note made in Richmond Virginia

This is a 1862 $20.00 Confederate States of America Banknote

This is a 1862 $20.00 Confederate Banknote, One of many creative Designs that year ... Each state in the Confederacy produce large numbers of creative designs for the banks to distribute to the population.
This is a 1862 $20.00 Confederate Banknote, One of many creative Designs that year ... Each state in the Confederacy produce large numbers of creative designs for the banks to distribute to the population.

1862 Twenty Dollar CSA Currency. Alexander Stephens & Cotton

$20.00 CSA Currency. Alexander Stephens, with barrel, cotton bales, etc. in the background. Issued from June 28, 1862 through November 15, 1862.
$20.00 CSA Currency. Alexander Stephens, with barrel, cotton bales, etc. in the background. Issued from June 28, 1862 through November 15, 1862.

A 1862 Fifty Dollar Confederate States of America Currency

A $50.00 Confederate States of America Currency.  In the center is Jefferson Davis, This is the 3rd Series. Printed by Keatinge and Ball of Richmond. “Fund-able” on left margin. Printed on paper watermarked Confederate paper.
A $50.00 Confederate States of America Currency. In the center is Jefferson Davis, This is the 3rd Series. Printed by Keatinge and Ball of Richmond. “Fund-able” on left margin. Printed on paper watermarked Confederate paper.

1864 In Light Pink $50 Confederate States of America Currency

1864 In Light Pink $50 Confederate States of America Currency. The green highlights are not in the later fifty dollar CSA currencies ... and the serial numbers are stamped, and not handwritten.
1864 In Light Pink $50 Confederate States of America Currency. The green highlights are not in the later fifty dollar CSA currencies ... and the serial numbers are stamped, and not handwritten.

A $100.00 Confederate State of America Currency made in 1862

A  $100.00 Confederate States of America Currency made in 1862. With a portraiture of  J.C. Calhoun to the left, and slaves hoeing in the center of the note. The Confederacy goddess is portrayed on the right.
A $100.00 Confederate States of America Currency made in 1862. With a portraiture of J.C. Calhoun to the left, and slaves hoeing in the center of the note. The Confederacy goddess is portrayed on the right.

A 1861 One Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America bill

 A 1861 One Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America bill, printed in Richmond Virginia and hand signed.
A 1861 One Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America bill, printed in Richmond Virginia and hand signed.

A 1864 Five Hundred Dollar CSA Banknote, Stonewall Jackson

A 1864  Five Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America Banknote, with Stonewall Jackson in the left corner.
A 1864 Five Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America Banknote, with Stonewall Jackson in the left corner.

Five Hundred Dollars Confederate States of America Banknote

This a nice $500.00 Confederate States of America Banknote. From the year 1864.
This a nice $500.00 Confederate States of America Banknote. From the year 1864.

1861 One Thousand Dollars Confederate States of America Note

The 1861 One Thousand Dollar Confederate States of America Note ... $1000 Montgomery notes are considered to be the most respected Confederate note ever produced by the CSA. Regarded as one the best made notes of the CSA.
The 1861 One Thousand Dollar Confederate States of America Note ... $1000 Montgomery notes are considered to be the most respected Confederate note ever produced by the CSA. Regarded as one the best made notes of the CSA.

Christopher Memminger the CSA Secretary of the Treasury

Christopher Memminger was selected as the Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury
Christopher Memminger was selected as the Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury

Christopher worked hard to finance the Confederate Government

The President of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis formed his first cabinet in 1861, and the remarkable Christopher Memminger was selected as the Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury in the month of February on the 21th day of the year 1861. This was a huge and very difficult task for Christopher, with the staggering civilian and military needs for coinage and cash to finance the Confederacy in time of war. Christopher worked very hard to finance the Confederate government at first with bonds and tariffs. He also had the government confiscation silver and gold from the United States Mint in New Orleans to start his ambitious coining projects.

A 1862 Confederate States of America Five Cent stamp

A 1862 Confederate States of America Five Cent stamp.  Portrait of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
A 1862 Confederate States of America Five Cent stamp. Portrait of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

1861 Map of the Confederate States and the United States

1861 Map of the Confederate States and the United States, The Confederate States are in red, the Union states are in blue ...
1861 Map of the Confederate States and the United States, The Confederate States are in red, the Union states are in blue ...

General Robert E Lee, U.S.A. Postage Stamp, Issued in 1954

U.S. postage stamp, issued in 1954, honoring Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Liberty Series, Issued to replace the 1938 Presidential series, this patriotic set of stamps honors guardians of freedom throughout U.S. history.
U.S. postage stamp, issued in 1954, honoring Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Liberty Series, Issued to replace the 1938 Presidential series, this patriotic set of stamps honors guardians of freedom throughout U.S. history.

1937 Four Cent USA Stamp, Lee and Jackson & Strafford Hall

1937 Four Cent United States Stamp wit Lee and Jackson & Strafford Hall ... U.S. #788 was part of a 10-stamp series that commemorated Army and Navy heroes of the United States. This stamp has General Lee and General Jackson of the CSA
1937 Four Cent United States Stamp wit Lee and Jackson & Strafford Hall ... U.S. #788 was part of a 10-stamp series that commemorated Army and Navy heroes of the United States. This stamp has General Lee and General Jackson of the CSA

Eight inch General Robert E Lee Statue, Lefton Ceramic of Japan

Eight inch General Robert E Lee Statue made by  Lefton Ceramic of Japan
Eight inch General Robert E Lee Statue made by Lefton Ceramic of Japan

Eisenhower kept a Portrait of Robert E. Lee in his Office

Public opinion has had a change recently in the views for General Robert E. Lee. But just about 60 years ago President Dwight D. Eisenhower kept a portrait of Robert E. Lee in his executive office in the White House during his time as president of the United States. In many southern homes for generations after the Civil War there would be a bust or a small statue of General Lee in a place of honor in the living room or entry hall. Another admirer of General Lee was Winston Churchill who extolled Robert E. Lee as one of the greatest American that ever lived. Even the noble General Ulysses S. Grant threatened to resign during the dark days of the Civil War from the U.S. Army, if Robert E. Lee was ever tried for treason.

Head Bust of Robert E Lee made by Lefton Ceramic of Japan

Head Bust of General Robert E Lee Statue made by Lefton Ceramic of Japan ... Robert E. Lee Bust Figurine KW 1131 with the original ink stamp.  It measures 5 3/4" tall. 2 1/4" base diameter.Hand-made and hand decorated
Head Bust of General Robert E Lee Statue made by Lefton Ceramic of Japan ... Robert E. Lee Bust Figurine KW 1131 with the original ink stamp. It measures 5 3/4" tall. 2 1/4" base diameter.Hand-made and hand decorated

This is a Nice Confederate $5000 Fantasy Art Note 1864 / 2011

This is a  Confederate $5000 fantasy art note 1864 / 2011  CSS Virginia, Jefferson Davis, and Stephens on the front.
This is a Confederate $5000 fantasy art note 1864 / 2011 CSS Virginia, Jefferson Davis, and Stephens on the front.

American Mint, Confederate States of America, The Big Six

American Mint Confederate States of America Big Six Type Banknote Set & Folder
American Mint Confederate States of America Big Six Type Banknote Set & Folder

The Confederate States of America "Big Six" CSA Banknote Set

The Confederate States of America "Big Six" CSA Banknote Set, $5 Indian Princess Note,  $10 Eagle & Shield Note, $50 Montgomery Note , $100 Montgomery Note, $500 Montgomery Note, & the $1,000 Montgomery Note
The Confederate States of America "Big Six" CSA Banknote Set, $5 Indian Princess Note, $10 Eagle & Shield Note, $50 Montgomery Note , $100 Montgomery Note, $500 Montgomery Note, & the $1,000 Montgomery Note

The Confederacy War Aims Civil War coin with Jefferson Davis

Confederacy War Aims Civil War coin with Jefferson Davis ... "We seek no conquest.  All we ask is to be left alone." Made by the American Mint  this commemorative Medallion is part of their Civil War collection.
Confederacy War Aims Civil War coin with Jefferson Davis ... "We seek no conquest. All we ask is to be left alone." Made by the American Mint this commemorative Medallion is part of their Civil War collection.

The 2011 Proof of General Robert E. Lee, by the American Mint

The 2011 Proof of General Robert E. Lee, this is a  Career Army Officer Commemorative Coin. Robert E. Lee was a career Army officer and among the most celebrated generals in American history. He turned down Lincoln's offer to command the Union.
The 2011 Proof of General Robert E. Lee, this is a Career Army Officer Commemorative Coin. Robert E. Lee was a career Army officer and among the most celebrated generals in American history. He turned down Lincoln's offer to command the Union.

The $1,000 Confederate States Montgomery Note Big Six 1861

Commemorative CSA Medal American Mint  For $1,000 Confederate States Montgomery Note Big Six 1861 ... This medal was produced by American Mint to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.John C. Calhoun is pictured on the left side.
Commemorative CSA Medal American Mint For $1,000 Confederate States Montgomery Note Big Six 1861 ... This medal was produced by American Mint to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.John C. Calhoun is pictured on the left side.

The Backside of the Confederate States Montgomery Big Six Note

The Backside of the Confederate States Montgomery Big Six Note ... With the Confederate States of America logo at the top, and Big Six Banknotes on the bottom.
The Backside of the Confederate States Montgomery Big Six Note ... With the Confederate States of America logo at the top, and Big Six Banknotes on the bottom.

The Franklin Mint Collector Watch with Chain of Robert E. Lee

Franklin Mint Collector Watch of  Robert E. Lee, pocket watch with chain, the amount of Civil War, and Confederate memorabilia is amazing to behold.
Franklin Mint Collector Watch of Robert E. Lee, pocket watch with chain, the amount of Civil War, and Confederate memorabilia is amazing to behold.

Richmond Virginia, was the Capital of the Confederate States of America

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