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25 Parish of Iberville
Inverted Back Design
25 Parish of Iberville<br>Inverted Back Design Quantity in Basket: None
Code: CW-CU-LA-004
Price: $95.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
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Due to a lack of coins caused by the Civil War, many local governments were forced to issue some form of fractional currency to facilitate commerce. One of those pieces, this twenty-five cent note, was issued by the parish of Iberville in south central Louisiana (parishes conform to counties in other states). A the top of the note are two small vignettes, each depicting a steamboat, flanked by the denomination in numerical format. Below this is the issuing authority in bold lettering, with the financial obligation stating "... Will pay to bearer, on demand, at the Treasurer's Office, the sum of TWENTY-FIVE Cents, when demanded in sums of Five Dollars ..." at the center. Immediately below this is "Plaquemine" (the city of issuance and the parish seat), the hand written date "January 20 1862" and the signatures of "J. A. Dardenne" as "Pres't Police Jury" and "O Marionneaux" as "Treas'r". The denomination appears in a different format, within a fancy scrollwork design, at each end of the note. The back of the note is dominated by numerous geometric figures, connected artistically by an attractive scrollwork design. Within this intricate pattern are several open boxes containing the denomination and the issuing authority. What makes this back especially interesting is the fact that it was printed inverted from the front (an unusual situation for currency but not for coins). Parish issues are rarely offered on today's market, since most of them were printed in very limited quantities and generally on poor quality paper. This particular example was printed on a better grade of paper than is normally seen, and with a fair degree of skill in design and execution. Sadly, no printer's imprint is present to give credit for this above average issue. Approximate measurements are 2.50 x 6.75 inches.

The present note exhibits light folds, most of which are not visible until the note is turned under a high powered light (two are prominent along the right hand edge). The edges are sharp, the corners are pointed, and the design is well centered within (slightly tight at the bottom). One or two foxing spots are mentioned for accuracy as these are outside the frame line at the lower border. A few dirt smudges are also noted, probably from light handling when the note was counted and issued. Overall a much nicer example of parish scrip than is usually encountered.

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