Mississippi Fifty-Dollar Note
Dated "March 7th, 1862."
Decorating this note are images of a Native American and slaves picking
cotton, the most lucrative cash crop of the Deep South. The state
government of Mississippi, sought to engender greater public confidence in
its issued currencies by associating their values with this trusted crop.
The drab underprinting of "COTTON PLEDGED" can be seen at the upper
portion of this note. Near the center is also inscribed the state's
promise to redeem this note "out of proceeds of Cotton." |
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