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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
The Gold Rush of the 1830s in the Southeastern United States
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Back of the Twenty Dollar Confederate Gold Coin CSA 1862
Twenty Confederate 1861 Cents found Buried in a Jar Tennessee
The Confederate Treasury & the Lost Treasure of the CSA
A "One Dollar" 1864 Confederate States of America Currency
A 1864 Two Dollar Confederate States of America Currency
A Beautiful Collection of Confederate States CSA Currency's
A 1864 Five Dollar Confederate States of America Currency
A 1964 Ten Dollar Confederate States of America Currency
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 Back of the 1864 $20 Confederate States of America Note
This is a 1862 $20.00 Confederate States of America Banknote
1862 Twenty Dollar CSA Currency. Alexander Stephens & Cotton
A 1862 Fifty Dollar Confederate States of America Currency
1864 In Light Pink $50 Confederate States of America Currency
A $100.00 Confederate State of America Currency made in 1862
A 1861 One Hundred Dollar Confederate States of America bill
A 1864 Five Hundred Dollar CSA Banknote, Stonewall Jackson
Five Hundred Dollars Confederate States of America Banknote
1861 One Thousand Dollars Confederate States of America Note
Christopher Memminger the CSA 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
1861 Map of the Confederate States and the United States
General Robert E Lee, U.S.A. Postage Stamp, Issued in 1954
1937 Four Cent USA Stamp, Lee and Jackson & Strafford Hall
Eight inch General Robert E Lee Statue, 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.