Confederate "Counterfeit" Ten Dollar Note - 1861

Item: Confederate "Counterfeit" Ten Dollar Note - 1861
Date: September 2, 1861.
 The front depicts a family of native Americans seated in the center with an allegories to the left and right. The note has a printed signature and number "3312". Printed on the note is "FUNDABLE IN EIGHT PERCENT STOCK OR BONDS OF CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA / Six Months after the Ratification of a Treaty of Peace between the Confederate States and the United States / The CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA / Will pay TEN DOLLARS to Bearer / Richmond, / September 2, 1861 / RECEIVABLE IN PAYMENT OF ALL DUES EXCEPT EXPORT DUTIES / NEW Orleans" ("NEW Orleans" found vertically on far left side edge). The rear is blank.
Approximate size:
 3-1/4 x 7-3/16 inches.
 Good. The paper is soft with incomplete borders. A hole is present in the center of the note directly above the first letter "S" in "STATES". There are corner folds, edge damage and creasing. The rear of the note is blank.
Reference: Criswell CT-22, page 276. (see this page in the additional images)
Comments: According to "Confederate Paper Money", by Grover C. Criswell, in the "Confederate Counterfeits" section, page 244,

"Counterfeiters played a marginal role in the collapse of the Confederacy's financial structure. In quality, their products ranged from notes based on crude woodcuts created by newspaper and magazine artists to exquisite copies that almost defy detection.......many of the counterfeit notes which were produced during the Civil War somehow survived and provide a fascinating field of study in themselves. These contemporary notes should not be confused with the many reproductions which have been produced in recent years and which were sold in souvenir stands or given away as premiums by breakfast cereal makers. Such notes, although interesting, have no place in serious numismatics."

This Confederate "counterfeit" ten dollar note will be an excellent addition to any Civil War note or general relic collection.

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