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Object Name Note, United States
Common Name Currency
Catalog Number 1939.428.11
Maker American Bank Note Company / National Bank Note Company
Date 03/03/1863
Material(s) Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-1.754 W-0.125 inches
Description This is a United States fifty cent fractional currency postage note, fourth issue, series of 1863. It is printed in black and green ink with red overprint on beige paper. The main image is a bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln located at right. In both upper corners is an oval with the number "25" in it. On the left is inscribed in a variety of fonts "UNITED STATES/ Fractional Currency / FIFTY 50 CENTS / receivable for all United States / Stamps." Below this are the signatures for the register and the treasurer. Near the top right of center is a ribbon flourish and "ACT MARCH / 3rd. 1863" on it. The makers mark is on the bottom edge "American Bank Note Co. N.Y." There was once a red overprint around the large "50" in the oval at center. All that is left is a slight residue.

The reverse is printed in green ink. At the center is a star like shape inscribed with "THIS NOTE IS EXCHANGEABLE FOR / UNITED STATES NOTES / BY THE ASSISTANT TREASURERS / AND / DESIGNATED DEPOSITARIES / of the United States in / sums not / LESS THAN THREE DOLLARS. / RECEIVABLE / IN PAYMENT OF ALL DUES TO / the United States / LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS / except Customs." Below the inscription is an intertwined "US." The star shape is in a wide patterned oval. At the top of the oval is "Fifty Cents." At the bottom of the oval are two number "50." The short ends around the oval are decorated with patterns and two number "50" on each end. The makers mark is on the bottom edge "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK."
Notes Abraham Lincoln was president of the United State from 1861 to 1865.
Collection J. W. Gayle Collection
Event American Civil War
People Lincoln, Abraham
Subjects Money
Bank notes
Bank note vignettes
Postage stamps
Search Terms American Civil War
Civil War
United States of America
United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing
United States Treasury
Fractional Currency
Postal Currency
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS