Counterfeit One Hundred-Dollar Note
Dated "Feb. 17th, 1864."
Over-issues of currency, the tightening Union blockade, and rebel defeats
Gettysburg doomed any hopes that southern moneys would recover from
downward spiral. Counterfeiting was but one other persistent problem.
war, northern and foreign printers produced numerous fake Confederate
souvenirs and for clients who smuggled them into the South. One
advertised to sell $2,000 in Confederate notes for 50 United States
cents. Exhibited here
are a genuine $100 Confederate note and a counterfeit produced in
Havana, Cuba. In a
side-by-side comparison, the counterfeit (bottom) is fairly easy to
detect. Notice the
differences in the details of the soldiers and the lack of refinement
of in the counterfeit's
central portrait of Lucy Pickens.