Excessively Rare Ball 11 Cr. 1a $50 BondBall 11 Cr. 1A $50 Bond 1861 Very Fine.
An excessively rare Confederate bond and rightfully so as evidenced by its value in the 1979 Criswell and the 1998 Ball references. We have in fact offered only one Ball 11 previously and that VF+ piece realized a price $4,312.50 in April 2012. Also, further research reveals that the extensive Ford Collection auctioned in 1997 at Memphis was also lacking an example. This Ball number is characterized by "Montgomery" being crossed-out and "Richmond" added in its stead. This piece is dated June 12, 1861 and signed by Register of the Treasury Alex(ander) B. Clitherall. Alabamian Clitherall did follow the Confederate government to the new capital of Richmond where business commenced on June 5, 1861. Clitherall served a short time there and resigned on June 20, 1861. He then went back to Montgomery. Much of this information about Clitherall was supplied earlier to us by Crutch Williams. The serial numbers for this Richmond bond issue was 251 through 391 and this example is serial number 259. We also see that this bond was entered by Chief Clerk to the Treasurer H(enry) D. Capers and recorded by the Chief Clerk of the Register's Office C(harles) T. J(ones). Jones was the one who when he earlier left a similar position with the United States government in Washington, DC absconded with many of the Treasury forms that a new government would need. A great piece of Confederate history and certainly at the top of many want lists.
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