CONFEDERATE 100 dollars 1864


CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 100 dollars, 17.2.1864, Face: Lucy Pickens, series 1, P71, would be VF except for the several tiny edge tears

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The banknotes of the Confederacy were never worth anything. They started out backed by bonds payable after the war. Later issues were just pieces of paper with numbers on them.

Aside from China, other governments started using circulating “banknotes” starting in the 17th century AD. The practice became general in the 19th century. In the 20th century value of paper money in circulation far surpassed the value of coinage. In the 21st century paper money is fading and credit transactions are growing.

Paper money, meaning the promise of a government to pay a set amount, and the paper promise allowed to circulate at will, was probably first used in China in the 12th century AD. At that time the merchants and governments of Europe were just writing letters to each other about what they owed.