Description$5 Chemicograph Back Intended for Confederate Currency and More.
Back plates for all six designs in circulation at the time were ordered by the Confederate Treasury from S. Straker & Sons of London. The plates were made and shipped from London in early January 1864. Then the plates disappeared en route during their blockade run. The plates were found many decades later, and prints were made from those long-lost plates. The plates are now in the Smithsonian. This lot is an example of the detailed $5 back plate and a great example of what "might have been." This black ink $5 grades XF-AU with a clipped upper left corner and some minor edge tears. Included with this lot is a mysterious uniface "TEN" back in red ink grading AU. It is the approximate size of large size paper money. This is the second one of these we have now handled.
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