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January 1st, 1863 Issue
50 State of Alabama
Early State Seal
50 State of Alabama<br>Early State Seal Quantity in Basket: None
Code: CW-CU-SS-025
Price: $35.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
1 available for immediate delivery

Since the Confederate government was unable to issue coins due to a lack of bullion, each Southern state was forced to issue its own currency to facilitate commerce among the populace. This particular note, a fifty cent fractional piece, was issued by the state of Alabama and features an early representation of the state seal of Alabama, a tree with a map upon it, at the center. The name of the issuing authority, "THE STATE OF ALABAMA", appears in an arc above this vignette, while flanking it is the financial obligation. This obligation declares that the state would redeem this note "... Confederate States Treasury Notes when presented at the State Treas'y in sums of Twenty Dollars and upwards ..." (one would have to save for quite a while to acquire that many notes). The denomination is boldly printed along the entire left end of the note, as well as in a medallion in the upper right corner. In the lower right corner of the note is a small oval portrait of Juliet Opie Hopkins, immediately below a medallion containing the denomination. Mrs. Hopkins was very active as a nurse during the war, even establishing hospitals in Virginia for the care of Alabama soldiers (a bold thing to do considering the way women were treated in those days). An engraved signature of the Governor, "Jno. Gill Shorter", is printed at the lower center, along with the city of issue, "Montgomery", and the date, "Jany 1st 1863". The printer's imprint "Engd by J. T. Paterson & Co, Augusta, Ga." appears in two lines below the medallion at lower right. A light blue "50 Cts" overprint dominates the lower center of the note. The reverse, as usual, is blank.

This particular note is in un-circulated condition, with sharp contrast and above average eye appeal. The inner frame lines are all intact, though the note is cut tight along the right hand edge. One small paper pull is present in the lower right hand corner. Due to the poor quality of the paper used on this note, some dark toning has developed at the lower center near the blue denominational overprint (light toning also noticeable near the serial number). Overall measurements are approximately 2.50 x 5.25 inches. A wonderful companion to our other offered Alabama fractional issues.

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