Confederate $50 Note, Second Authorization

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 2003.47.10

Confederate $50 Note, Second Authorization, 1861

3 1/4" x 7 5/16"

In 1861, the Confederacy began to print its own money. Images of slaves, riverboats, plantations, and even Greek gods appeared on the bills. Counterfeiting—printing fake money—was a big problem in the South. As the war went on, the money lost its value. By the end of the war, soap in the South cost $50 in Confederate dollars. When the war ended, the bills were worthless, and some of money was destroyed.