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February 24, 1862 Issue
$3.00 State of Louisiana
Holly Springs, Mississippi Back
$3.00 State of Louisiana<br>Holly Springs, Mississippi Back Quantity in Basket: None
Code: CW-CU-LA-002
Price: $115.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
1 available for immediate delivery

One of the most popular notes issued by the state of Louisiana during the Civil War, this note features the name of the state printed boldly at the center, with the various statements of financial liability appearing above and below. An attractive geometric border dominates each end of the note, while a beehive, representing industry (busy as a bee), separates the signature lines near the lower margin. A dark green overprint featuring the denomination appears at the center, providing a wonderful contrast to the surrounding designs. The note was issued from the capitol city of "Baton Rouge" and bears the engraved date of "February 24th, 1862". It is hand numbered and signed at the conclusion "J. H. Peralta" (for auditor) and "B. L. DeFreese" (for treasurer). As with many notes of this era, no design was printed on back (it would only waste precious ink and nothing important would be added that did not already appear on the front). What makes this note particularly interesting is that it was printed on the back of a sheet of notes originally printed for use by the Exchange Office in Holly Springs, Mississippi. These attractive notes were printed with four notes on a sheet and, as with the Louisiana notes, they bore no design on the back. When the Exchange Office closed, there were many sheets of their currency remaining, and these were purchased by the state of Louisiana early in the war due to the shortage of high quality paper suitable for currency. The Mississippi sheets were rotated 90 degrees (so that there would be no confusion as to which note being circulated), and six Louisiana were printed on the back. These notes remained in circulation until the close of the war, though a later series of notes was printed and issued at Shreveport in 1864 (the $3.00 denomination was not included in this issue).

The presently offered note is in un-circulated condition, with sharp contrast and wonderful eye appeal. A small amount of ink bleed through is noted in the remaining design of the Exchange Office notes on the back, mentioned only for accuracy. Though cut a little tight in the lower left corner, this note is an excellent example of the extreme measures that were employed to alleviate the shortage of currency in the struggling Confederacy.

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