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.
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 didnâ€™t you?? One last thing. The plate position letter. â€śBâ€™ for this one. That is where in the engraved plate this note was made from.