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    Vibrant Manouvier T12 $5

    T12 $5 1861 Cr. 46.
    Essential to any Confederate set are the hand-dated July 25, 1861 $5 notes that have a unique character compared to all other Confederate type notes. Distinctively printed by Jules Manouvrier in New Orleans on four-subject plates with blue backs, the first usage of that security device on a Confederate note. Manouvrier's printing contract for the notes from Memminger's office was due to expediency rather than choice. New Orlean's Southern Bank Note Company, with its high-quality intaglio technology, was not capable of printing nearly 4000 sheets of $5 notes quickly nor the $10 notes authorized that are unknown today. Catalogers and researchers over the years have discussed the disturbed shipment to Richmond of the finished notes including the mystery $10 bills. The blue back was also used on the Bank of Whitfield, Georgia $5 notes. Many high-grade Manouvrier notes fall into the known range of essentially new notes from serial number 1755-1785, like this example. The face design has no vignettes. The titles, location and payable are across, and the note was to be signed at the bottom by the Register and Treasurer. The top and bottom frames have outlined obligation text. There are two upper corner counters and a perpendicular FIVE inside the end panel. The blue printed back shows CONFEDERATE STATES/OF/AMERICA and a "V" counter in each corner. Plate F and serial number 1769, from the top of a sheet. Like notes in this range, the note never entered circulation, but exhibits handling. Well margined with very vibrant back color. PCGS graded Apparent Choice About New 58, with only some minor stains.
    This example was acquired from Texas Confederate collector Scott Brown through the efforts of dealer Crutchfield Williams in January, 2002 for $22,100. A sharp example from this distinctive, historic series.
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