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Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by Collecting Nut, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I have all of the necessary documentation from records on file in Washington DC to more than move what this bill really is.

    First, it it a (CSA) Confederate States of America $100.00 dollar Note. Hand issued on October 12th, 1862. It was printed by J. T. Paterson in Columbia, S.C.. The plate letters are Ac and the serial number is 59,000 which is hand written in red ink on the left and right sides of the front of the note.

    The printing on the note is dark, all details are visible and has strong signatures. The paper is crisp with a light folder to and has one crease but they do not readily stand out. Three sides the note is fully framed wall it is cut tight at the top right margin.

    There are a couple small pinholes but the note has no tears, no ink corrosion and no other major conditions.

    On the backside there is a unique endorsement and date from civilian purveyor, William G. Hoge. He worked in Macon, Georgia during the Civil War selling supplies to the confederacy. This note was signed by him in receipt of goods supplied to a Confederate military quartermaster.

    That endorsement reads:
    W. G. Hoge
    April 21 1863.

    This endorsement by William G. Hogg is a validated 2017 discovery on the civilian side and it is the only known example of his signature on a CSA Note. There are numerous documents listed that affiliate William G Hoge with Confederate Captain and quartermaster Michailoffsky for renting horses and stables. One contract submitted in early 1863 was for the delivery of 2 million bricks. It is believed those bricks were used in the construction of an arsenal. Another contract voucher was for supplies to the now famous Andersonville prison in Andersonville Georgia.

    The backside of the bill contains two stamps. The first stamp has purple ink and it was paid in Augusta, Georgia on January 1, 1863 for interest owed. The second stamp is in blue, for interest owed, which shows it was paid in Columbia, South Carolina on January 1, 1865.

    The endorsement on CSA Notes from civilian contractors working to assist the confederacy are extremely collective. No other CSA Notes with this endorsement are known to exist at this time.

    Listed below are a few of the related documents as previously described:
    An endorsement with W. G. Hoge’s signature.
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    This is for the Andersonville Prison.

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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Here’s a few other photos of the note:
    His signature and date.
    Please note that the small ink loop in the field above the trees to the left of the trains smokestack is from the Registar’s signature which is on the bottom left of the bill. It ran from bill to bill.

    This photo also shows the serial number, 59,000 hand written in red ink.
    I just had to include a closeup of the train itself.
  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Very cool, Dave! One of the more interesting projects that I got to take part in was the modernization of the confederate printing building in downtown Columbia where your note was printed. That old building was deemed historic but was becoming quite the eyesore so the powers that be decided to turn it into a modern grocery store with attached condos.... I was down there every day during the excavation just knowing some old printing plates would turn up in the dirt.... Only thing that turned up was old whiskey bottles... Drats!

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  7. Antonius Britannia

    Antonius Britannia Well-Known Member

    Amazing! What a fascinating piece of history! A true gem in any collection!
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  9. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Incredible. The historical value far outweighs any financial value, IMO
  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I forgot to mention that this bill was given a Rarity 15 rating. That’s the highest rating on the scale. The new book that this bill will be in is due out later this year. I can’t wait to hear about this bill or it’s value.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    As you know I love the CSA Notes. All of mine have increased in priced far beyond any of my expectations but the history, the signatures, just make me feel so insignificant.
  12. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Well-Known Member

    Hello Randy,
    I should thing those whiskey bottles had some collector value. If they were old enough you might have gotten enough to buy a nice coin!
  13. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Really cool story to go with that note. I'm not familiar with CSA notes but I was intrigued by the notation that the note would be redeemed six months after a peace treaty between the CSA and USA with interest paid at 2 cents per day.
  14. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    Not to rain on your parade, but you don't really know why his signature is on the back of the note. It is not an endorsement. The note is a bearer instrument and does not need an endorsement. And endorsements are applied by a payor, not a payee. If it were an endorsement, it would have been for something purchased by him, not purchased from him.

    The documents you provided only identify who he was and have nothing to do with the note itself. You want documentation bearing the same date in 1863 to show that this note may have been used in a transaction with the Confederate government. Absent any documentation, it is just as likely that he received it from a third party for a purchase.

    All you know is that he had it on April 21, 1863. The rest is speculative.
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  15. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Well… Anything that was found belonged to the city. I was just really hoping to see some old CSA plates come out of the ground:
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  16. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Well-Known Member

    If that's the case, while being neat if you found CSA plates, it would have been a shame to have to turn them over just to be stockpiled in some museum's basement.
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    All of the CSA Notes have a notation about a peace treaty but the time varies. As you noticed, this was for 6 months.
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  18. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I did not include nor will I include all of the documentation that I have. What I stated is true and correct and the documentation all comes from the archives in Washington DC. State what you like but it changes nothing about the history of this man or this note. There is way to much information on who he is and what he did for the Confederacy.
  19. Antonius Britannia

    Antonius Britannia Well-Known Member

  20. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wow Collecting Nut, you really did your homework on these historical beauties. I am certainly impressed with your post, thanks for sharing.
  21. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I just find them extremely fascinating and rich with history.
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