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26 Jun 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Below is my example of a Confederate States of America $20 note. It is classified as a Type-67 or Criswell-507. Both of these are numbers to classify all the variables of all the notes. There is also a PF number. In this case it is a PF-6. The PF number is a Fricke number system that uses 1 through the number of varieties for each type note. This Type-67 note has 42 varieties. My numbers indicate this note is a Series 3 with a Rarity of 3, meaning there is a population of 10001-50000 known. A very common note. Thought it was easy didn’t you?? One last thing. The plate position letter. “B’ for this one. That is where in the engraved plate this note was made from.

26 May 2018

FEBRUARY 15th, 1864

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

The note pictured below is a 1864 Confederate State of America Fifty Dollar bill. It is dated February 17th, 1864 and printed by Keatinge & Ball of Columbus, South Carolina. It was printed on high quality bank note paper. The total number of genuine notes issued was 1,671,444. I say genuine notes issued because even though the serial number of all the notes lawfully released were printed with a machine as a way to bamboozle counterfeiters, they were counterfeited in huge volumes in Havana, Cuba. The back of the T-66 was printed with a blue back and a red overprint the colors varied depending on how much ink was placed on the plate. The front has a range of color. It ranges a dusky dark pink to light red, dark red and a deep dark orange-red. The dark red commands the highest price. This type note is fairly common in all grades.

15 May 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Today I have something very special to share. Not only did I win this great example of a T-28 Confederate $10 bill but is a part of the Eric P. Newman Collection! Now I'm not a person that buys a coin or note because of the label but an Eric P. Newman, reasonably priced, is hard to pass up. Especially when I needed that Type number note. It is graded a very Fine 25 by PCCS. It probably would have graded higher but, as noted on the reverse label, Minor Stains, Small Mounting Remnant in UL Corner. I personally feel the E.P.N. logo overshadows all that. As you might be able to tell, he is one of my numismatic hero's. Anyway, Small mounting remnant refers to a little thing from stamp collecting called a hinge. It is a little flip like deal to put stamps in an album. A tiny piece glued to your stamp and the larger piece glued to the album page. This was sometimes used to mount currency, in the old days. The 'PF-7" refers to the Fricke number. The "Cr. 235" refers to the Criswell number. Both of these are different systems to denote the different varieties within the Type. In this case, Type -28, there are 10 different varieties. The PF-7 means there is a small number below the "A". This notes number is a 12. You can really get into these confederate notes. It helps fill my quest for VAM's.

02 May 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Well, lately my wife and I have been very busy trying to liquidate our tax refund. We are doing this by bidding on auctions. We have been very, very lucky and fruitful at this. Too much so. I have been concentrating on Civil War era currency and tokens. I will be putting some up today and in the future. I hope I don't bore you with this historic time. For now, I would like to start with a raw example of a cancelled $20 bill. I don't usually buy raw currency from the Civil War. The bills were widely counterfeited. One needs to study what to look for and buy from a trusted dealer. So I did both of those and ended up with this unique, I think, sample. I call it unique in that it was cancelled buy stamping two separate designs of holes in the bill. They look like two intersecting roads. I haven't seen this design before. It is easiest to see if the bill is held up to the light. It is dated September 2, 1861 and is redeemable "six months after the ratification of a treaty between the Confederate States and the United States". The bill features an allegorical design representing Industry seated between a winged Cupid holding a staff of Mercury and a beehive behind her. This also represents Industry. Beehives are a favorite of mine. On the right side is Hope leaning on an anchor with a palmetto plant behind her. Then is the required portrait of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy. Some examples have a CSA watermark. This one does not. The reverse is blank. There are more details on the front of this bill. They are all done in the beautiful vignette style. Although this is a common type note, there are many different varieties. That helps the VAM guy in me. Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.

25 Apr 2018

2013 $10 Low Serial # Star Note

Paper Money-U.S. | Jason Crook CPA CFE LLC

Hi Numismatic Community! Lately I've gotten into the habit of checking my serial #'s of paper currency just for fun! Also a cost effective way to collect some neat bills.

06 Mar 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Below is a note I just received back from PMG. As you can see it is a Type 41-$100 dated Nov 3, 1862.The entire series ran from August 26th, 1862 - January 8th, 1863. The printers were Keating & Ball from Columbia, S.C.. This printing firm started operation in October 1861 and folded up in February 1865 when Columbia, S.C. was captured by the Northern forces. This note actually paid 7.3% interest making it the third highest interest $100 note from the Confederacy. The back of my note shows 3 interest paid stamps on the back. This means interest was actually paid and collected by the bearer. In this case, three times.

26 Feb 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

In going with our current batch of Civil War inspired tokens and money, I would like to add this to the list. Below is a photo of a 1862 Confederate States of America $2 bill. It was issued June 2, 1862 in Richmond. It is a Type 42. All of which, 1,520,000, were dated June 2nd, 1862. Signed by B. Duncan, Columbia, S.C.. This was the first $2 note issued by the Confederacy. There is one variety, the Type 38. It is the same bill but with a date of September 2nd 1861. It is believed by most that this was issued by mistake and was quickly corrected.

30 Jan 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | user_55599

Hey guys, I had to make an emergency Breaking News blog post. It's been confirmed that the 2017 series $1 bills were released today. Keep an eye out for them. If you guys happen to find any please update the comment section! Thank you! Happy hunting!

25 Jan 2018

Fractional Currency Presentation by Dave & Pam Stitely - Wilmington Coin Club - 1/18...

Paper Money-U.S. | user_68636



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