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Only 1,110 Bonds Issued During the War
Criswell 18, Ball 71 - $50 Act of August 19, 1861
CSA Postmaster General John H. Reagan
Criswell 18, Ball 71  -  $50   Act of August 19, 1861<br>CSA Postmaster General John H. Reagan Quantity in Basket: None
Code: CW-BD-CS-004
Price: $150.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
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The central vignette on this bond features a portrait of John H. Reagan of Texas, the Confederate Postmaster General. Reagan reluctantly accepted his post in March, 1861, but was not satisfied and attempted to resign in early 1862. Persuaded to remain in office, he was one of the few Confederate cabinet members to serve in one post throughout the entire war. He was captured and imprisoned with Jefferson Davis for several months at the close of the war, and after his release he worked hard to have Texans accept the results of the war. Flanking his portrait are floral designs, while above and below are the issuing authority and the financial obligations. An attractive border, composed of floral elements and the denomination, frames the main instrument, while located below are 15 interest coupons arranged in rows of five. The bond is dated April 30, 1862 and was printed by Blanton Duncan in Richmond, Virginia. Only 1110 of these pieces were issued during the war, this particular one being number 615. The main instrument is hand signed at the conclusion "Ro. Tyler" as Register of the Treasury (Robert Tyler was the son of John Tyler, 10th President of the United States), while each coupon is signed "G.E. Dabney". Several filing folds and light wrinkling are noted, as is some toning along the right hand edge. A nice representative example of this early bond. Overall dimensions are approximately 12.75 x 13.5 inches when laid flat.

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