These Civil War-era bank notes from a special purchase recall the dramatic history of the capital city and military arsenal of the Confederacy! Printed by the American Bank Note Company, these colorful uniface $5 and $10 bills were issued by the short-lived Bank of the Commonwealth in Richmond, Virginia. Chartered from 1858 until the Civil War began in 1861, the bank’s building was torched in 1865 by Confederate soldiers fleeing from a Union invasion.
To keep northern forces from seizing weapons, ammunition, clothing, food and other supplies, the “evacuation fire” on April 2, 1865 left about 90% of Richmond’s business district in ruins – including factories, warehouses, shops, banks, hotels and saloons. The fire also destroyed the arsenal, railroad depots, bridges and naval vessels. A week after Richmond fell, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant.
Because of the nice uniform quality of these notes, our buyers believe they are from an old-time stash! The $5 note depicts two men next to barrels of tobacco – Virginia’s main cash crop – with a portrait of George Washington to the lower left. The $10 note shows a farmer and hunter with a shield depicting George Washington, and a portrait of James Madison to the lower left. Get both and SAVE!
- Year: Date Our Choice
- Denomination: $5, $10
- Product Type: Sets