1862–1863 Confederate $100 “Cotton Picker” Note VF

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The Confederate Cotton Picker Note

When the Civil War broke out, money in the South virtually disappeared – and so the Confederate States of America created its own paper currency. Printed between 1862 and 1863, this $100 banknote cannot be mistaken for anything other than the antebellum South. Its central vignette depicts three plantation-era slaves hoeing and picking cotton, earning the piece its nickname: the “Cotton Picker” note. Portraits of South Carolina Senator and secession advocate John C. Calhoun and the allegorical figure of Columbia are also pictured. The back of the note is blank.

Early Confederate notes can be tough to find, especially like this one in Very Fine (VF) condition. It’s truly remarkable to think that the Confederate government was able to produce any currency of reasonably acceptable quality and quantity, let alone an intricately designed piece like this that was on a par with its Northern counterparts. It’s also an unflinching pictorial reminder of one of the economic foundations of the Confederacy – the cotton industry and the South’s unapologetic reliance on slave labor to support it.

Was this note used to pay for ammunition, pay a soldier or secure lodging for troops? Let your imagination run wild and secure yours today.

Year of Issue 1863, 1862
Country United States
Composition Copper-Nickel - CuNi
Denomination 100.00
Currency Type Dollar