NC Twenty-Dollar Notes
Written date "Feb. 15th, 1862."
This note's central figure is commonly identified in currency references
as Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. This identification is
questionable, given the trumpet being held by her and the lack of any
agricultural elements. Whatever her representation, this woman's
bare-breasted depiction is unusual, even for a goddess. Bowing to the
starchy propriety of Victorian America, currency designers would rarely
leave a female figure so blatantly exposed.