DescriptionSet of Six Chemicograph Backs Intended for Confederate Currency.
This set of notes consists of six Chemicographic backs with designs that were intended for the 1864 issues of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, and $500. Back plates with these designs were ordered by the Confederate Treasury from S. Straker & Sons of London. The plates were made and shipped from London in early January 1864, only to disappear. Several more shipments were made, but none got through the Union blockade. Examples of the plates were found 75 years later and the prints in this lot were made from these plates. Next, the plates were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Included with this lot is the 1950 reprint of the August 1946 Philip H. Chase article that appeared in The Numismatist. Included with the notes is a Philip H. Chase 1959 informational envelope and two informational paper slips for display purposes. Choice Crisp Uncirculated.
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