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Only 727 Bonds Issued During the War
Criswell 28, Ball 51 - $100 Act of August 19, 1861
CSA Postmaster General John H. Reagan
Criswell 28, Ball 51 - $100 Act of August 19, 1861<br>CSA Postmaster General John H. Reagan Quantity in Basket: None
Code: CW-BD-CS-001
Price: $195.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
1 available for immediate delivery

The central vignette of this early bond features an oval portrait of Confederate Postmaster General John H. Reagan, one of the few cabinet members to serve in one post throughout the entire war. Hailing from Texas, Reagan reluctantly agrees to accept the position of postmaster general in March, 1861 and attempted to resign in early 1862. He was persuaded to remain in office, and respect for him grew as the war progressed. He was devoted to CSA President Jefferson Davis, and was the only cabinet member captured and imprisoned with him. A beautifully ornate border frames both the portrait and the financial obligations. Printed by Hoyer & Ludwig of Richmond, Virginia, only 727 of these bonds were originally issued. This specimen is boldly signed in the lower right corner by Robert Tyler, son of the 10th President of the United States, John Tyler. Seven interest coupons, each hand signed by a Treasury employee, are still attached below the main instrument.

Several filing folds and light wrinkling are present, as would be expected for an issued bond. Some minor toning appears throughout, especially prominent near the edges. Somewhat above average for the type. Overall, a very nice example of this rarely encountered and popular bond.

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