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June 7-10 2012

YouTube Video! History of Collecting Confederate Paper Money - 1865-1945

Quick video done at the Early American Coppers convention on the new book by
Fred Reed and myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyDgWBqq_DQ

Pierre Fricke

Order at www.csaquotes.com .

NEW Confederate Paper Money Book with DVD!

History of Collecting Confederate States of America Paper Money - 1865-1945
by Pierre Fricke and Fred Reed

See http://www.csaquotes.com/csabooks.html

Pierre Fricke and Fred Reed announce the publication of History of Collecting Confederate States of America Paper Money – Volume 1, 1865 to 1945. With 340 pages of well-illustrated stories and history, this book is a must for anyone interested in collecting Confederate paper money, Southern history, or coin and paper money collecting.

How the Confederacy Provided Paper for Union Banknotes

Many of the second and third issue fractional currency proofs as well as some of the regular issue fractional currency notes are printed on paper watermarked "CSA." How did this paper, the same type that had previously been used by Keating and Ball to print $10 Confederate notes in 1861 and $100 notes in 1862 come to the BEP.
The story begins at high tide on September 28, 1861, a dark and moonless night. A steamship, the "BERMUDA," neared the darkened coast of Savannah, Georgia.

Gold equivalency of US dollar now equals value of Confederate Currency on eve of General Lee’s Surrender

In the past year, an ounce of gold has crossed the $1,500 threshold and has hit new records, approaching $2,000 at one point. Believe it or not, in terms of gold equivalency, the US dollar is now worth less than the value of $1 Confederate on the eve of General Lee’s surrender in the Civil War. Ben Bernanke may not be worried about inflation, but the South experienced a nasty bout of hyperinflation with lingering effects due to its loose monetary policy.

A 1914 Non-Star Replacement Note?

Late last summer I embarked on a long day trip for the purpose of enjoying the country and making a few finds along the way. One stop took me to a Midwest coin shop that I had not visited before. Among the large type in the currency inventory I spotted a 1914 $10 Federal Reserve Note from the St. Louis district (Fr. 932) that had an odd look to it.

The William Kelly Confederate Paper Money Sale – The Main Body of His Collection

I attended the William H. Kelly Confederate paper money sale held in conjunction with the FUN show in Orlando. Heritage auctions conducted the sale on Thursday night, January 5, 2012.

William Kelly collected over the last quarter century of the 20th century focusing on building four complete Confederate money type sets, building eight sets of Montgomery notes, and adding a number of major rare varieties to his collection – making the Kelly collection one of the major collections offered (both publicly and privately) over the past century.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln!

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States was born on February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County. He was the second child of Nancy and Thomas Lincoln. In 1830, his family moved to Macon County, Illinois.
Lincoln had two love interests before meeting his future wife Mary Todd. His first, Ann Rutledge died of typhoid fever in 1835. He next courted Mary Owens of Kentucky but did not marry her. He met Mary Todd in December 1839 in Springfield, Missouri and they married on November 4, 1842.

The Ups and Downs of Current Pricing

In this month’s article I will explore the vagaries of pricing along with the calls and emails I get whenever I lower the price on a note in “The Standard Guide to Small Size U.S. Paper Money, 1928 to date” (SGSS). This seems to be a common occurrence with each new edition of the SGSS. Interestingly, however, I don’t remember anyone ever calling to inquire about a price that went up! The question and answer exchange below regarding a specific price decrease caught a SGSS reader a bit off guard.

“Scott,

Hello. I ordered and have been comparing your 10th edition to the 9th edition.

The William Kelly Confederate Paper Money Sale – The Montgomery Collection

I attended the William H. Kelly Confederate paper money sale held in conjunction with the FUN show in Orlando. Heritage auctions conducted the sale on Thursday night, January 5, 2012. We (my wife and I) arrived in Orlando Sunday, New Year’s Day to stay with a long time friend and get a jump on viewing many lots in this sale. Heading to Florida during the winter is always a well anticipated event, especially to see these friends and visit this FUN show.