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146 Southern Historical Society Papers.

1861, and it Is signed by Alex. B. Clitheroe, register, and E. C. El- more, treasurer. The body of the bill is black and green, and the figure fifty is many times repeated in circles and in bands. At the bottom of the bill are the words: " National Bank Note Company," both to right and left. The back is plain white and on it is this en- dorsement: "Issued July 5, 1861; Thomas K. Jackson, Captain, C. S. A.," written in red ink. On the $100 bill is a train of cars; on the $500 a rural scene, and on the $1,000 a picture of the capitol at Montgomery.

The first regular issue of bills was made at Richmond, and began with two bills engraved by the Southern Bank Note Company, of New Orleans. These are almost, if not quite, equal, both in design and execution, to those issued by the National Bank Note Com- pany. The dates in these are not printed, but are written in, and on both the specimens shown the date is August 28, 1861. The $50 bill has in the centre two females, personifying liberty and justice, while the $100 bill has an engine and train of cars in the centre; on the right and left figures emblematic of wisdom and justice. These bills bear the name Richmond in large letters, while on the side is the name of the Southern Bank Note Company, of New Orleans.


The other bills of the first issue at Richmond are very plain and are with one exception imitations of English bank notes. This ex- ception is a $5 bill engraved at New Orleans by J. Manuevring, with vere large letters FIVE across its left end. The date is written with ink in this finely designed bill and is July 25, 1861. There are five bills of the issue of July 25, 1861, in imitation of English bank notes. The $5 has a female seated on bales, a sort of shield in front, bear- ing the figure 5, while an eagle standing with wings outspread, is to her left. The $10 has an emblematic picture of the Confederacy, represented by a female leaning on a shield which bears the first Confederate flag. She is pointing with the right hand, seemingly directing the attention of an eagle which is at her left side. At the lower left corner is Commerce, seated on bales. The $20 bears a full-rigged ship. The $50 has a medallion portrait of Washington; in the lower left hand corner being a female in whose left hand is a spear, and in whose right hand is a globe, upon which stands a dove. The $100 bill bears a picture of Ceres and Pomona, flying through the air, carrying fruits, etc., in their hands, while in the lower left