U.S. Fractional Currency, Confederate money, Plantation Bank Ad

United States Fractional Currency notes were issued by the U.S. Government during and after the U.S. Civil War due to the hoarding and shortage of coins in gold, silver, and copper in denominations of 3, 5, 10, 15, 25 and 50 cents. These notes were in use until 1876 and were redeemable by the U.S. Postal Office at face value in postage stamps. This is an 1874–1876, 10 cent Fractional Currency with an image of William Merideth, Secretary of the Treasury (1849-1850). Collection of M.B. Austin.

Confederate money in the collection of M.B. Austin.

A circa-1860s advertising note for Drake’s Plantation Bitters. From the collection of M.B. Austin.

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