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The Civil War
 Confederate Bonds


A RARE VIRGINIA STOCK CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO A FREE MAN OF COLOR IN 1860 THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THE VIRGINIA TREASURY BY A UNION CHAPLAIN ON THE SURRENDER OF RICHMOND IN 1865 WITH A SECTION OF THE LAST CSA FLAG FLYING OVER RICHMOND

8280 - A most unusual Confederate bond, a Commonwealth of Virginia State Stock (in red) (Criswell #61A), July 14, 1860, incredibly made out to:  "Mitchell Yancey a free man of color..." The bond, recovered from the Confederate Treasury only days after the city fell, bears an attached 2" X 8" section of the last flag to fly over the Confederate capitol building. The flag had been captured by American soldiers and divided among them with Union Chaplain John O. Foster, the first Union chaplain to preach a sermon in the newly - "liberated" city, also receiving a section of the huge flag. This stock certificate, along with many other stocks and bonds, were taken from the Confederacy Treasury only days after the city fell by Foster, who had been present at Richmond's capitulation, and his visit to the Treasury is noted in his diary. Foster also noted that the section of fabric he had obtained had been part of the Confederate flag that had flown over the Confederacy's capitol building. Some staining at right with a weak, somewhat brittle fold thereat, hand-cut with uneven margins (as is usually the case), still quite good. Documents included picture Foster's note showing the flag's origin, with additional copies of his diary transcript, biography, analysis of the flag material, and so on. Our genealogical research shows that according to the 1880 census, a mulatto named Mitchell Yancey was born ca. 1834, most likely in Virginia, and in 1880 was employed as a "Waiter in Family." He was married to "Charlot" and had four children between the ages of 7 and 21. His two sons were listed as being a Servant and a Porter in the 1880 census. Born in 1834 Mitchell was 26 when he purchased this bond in 1860. The census of 1850 showed a Benjamin Mitchell Yancey [1809-1901] owning 14 slaves in Virginia. It is quite possible that this Mitchell Yancey was a son of the above slave owner and was emancipated by his father when he became 21. It is interesting to speculate where Mitchell received $400 to invest in the State of Virginia stock certificate paying 6% interest. It was possibly money given to him on his emancipation by his father or money he earned during his early years of freedom. How it was found in the Virginia Treasury in 1865 is another question. Possibly due to the war Yancey redeemed his stock for Confederate notes or bonds. Nevertheless this certificate is rare to begin as far as Virginia financial instruments are concerned and being issued to a FREE BLACK MAN and being glued to a piece of the last Confederate flag taken off the state capital increases its rarity and value significantly. This bond catalogued $300 in Criswell in 1980 and is rated Rarity 9. Bond comes with the entire provenance of the finding of the bond and application to the flag remnants by Chaplain Foster, possibly an unique example.........................................................SOLD


1287 - STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, $500, Act of June 13th, 1870, 8% coupon bond, State Capital in center, Governor J. L. Alcorn at left, Continental Bank Note Company of NY, Carpetbagger Issue, unlisted in Criswell, dark blue decorative borders, punch cancelled as all these issues were, wide borders [our scan has cropped the bond]...........SOLD

1288 - STATE OF GEORGIA CONFEDERATE BOND, $500, Criswell #61A, Act of December 11th, 1861, Rarity 7, Vignette of State seal with dock scene at left and a battle scene at right center, 32 coupons, crisp paper, some minor blems on this large bond [fissures on verso restored], have seen catalogued at $350, this one signed by Confederate Governor Joseph Brown.............................................$200.00


1289 - $10,000 BOND, ISSUED TO THE BANK OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND
, Serial #301 out of 354 issued, Criswell #162F, on pink paper, August 30th, 1864, Ball #349 Rarity 6, Fine, 4% interest, fine.........................................
$195.00



5145 - THE CONFEDERATE IRONCLAD VIRGINIA IN COMBAT WITH FEDERAL SHIPS, $1000 BOND
, 10" X 12", C #141B, 1st Series, Richmond, VA, November 9th, 1864. One of the most popular of the vignettes on Confederate bonds, Rarity 6. Very fine.....................................
$265.00


5146 - MOUNTED OVERSEER IN WHEAT FIELD WITH SLAVE WORKERS
, C #127, July 17th, 1863, 11" X 16", Richmond, VA. Central vignette of a slave overseer on horseback in a wheat field with slaves stacking wheat, Rarity 5. The classic vignette also seen on several antebellum obsolete banknotes. Very fine.....................................
$325.00


2083 - THE VIRGINIA SINKING THE USS CONGRESS, Confederate Bond, February 8th, 1865, $100 manuscript, Criswell #141, issued at Richmond, VA, signed by Robert Tyler [son of ex-President John Tyler]. The Battle of Hampton Roads began on March 8, 1862 when Virginia sorted. Despite an all-out effort to complete her, the ship still had workmen on board when she sailed. Supported by Raleigh and Beaufort, and accompanied by Patrick Henry, Jamestown, and Teaser, Virginia took on the blockading fleet. The first ship engaged, the wooden sail-powered USS Cumberland, was sunk after being rammed. However, in sinking, Cumberland broke off Virginia's ram. Seeing what happened to Cumberland, the captain of USS Congress ordered his ship grounded in shallow water. Congress and Virginia traded fire for an hour, after which the badly-damaged Congress surrendered. While the surviving crewmen of Congress were being ferried off the ship, a Union battery on the north shore opened fire on Virginia. In retaliation, the captain of Virginia ordered to fire upon the surrendered Congress with red-hot shot, to set her ablaze. A great vignette of the encounter. Very fine.....................................................$250.00


837 - C-5 COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE, MONTGOMERY ISSUE$50, with coupons, thick paper. Very fine................................$125.00

837a - C-5a COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE, MONTGOMERY ISSUE, $50, with coupons, very fine, thin paper.................................$125.00

837c - C-6, $100 COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE, MONTGOMERY ISSUE, Ball #4, with coupons, thick paper, 14 coupons. Very fine....getting scarce...........................................................$125.00

838 - C-6a $100 COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE, MONTGOMERY ISSUE, Ball #2, printed by Douglas of NO, thin paper................................$125.00


839 - C-7 $500 ARABIC GREEN 500, MONTGOMERY ISSUE
, Very fine........................................................
$125.00

840 - C-8 $1000 ARABIC GREEN 1000, MONTGOMERY ISSUE, Very fine...............$125.00

842 - C-17 $50 THREE FEMALES, COMMERCE, CERES, NAVIGATION, Hoyer & Ludwig printers, only 926 issued. Rarity 7, very fine............................$125.00

843 - C-20 $50 THOMAS BRAGG, Ball #87, Vignette of Bragg, with coupons. Very fine..............................$90.00

845 - C-63 $500 S.R. MALLORY SURROUNDED BY THREE FEMALES, Ball #165, 1,397 issued, CSA Secretary of the Navy. Very fine with coupons.........................$90.00

846 - C-64 $500 GEORGE W. RANDOLPH, Ball #85, 1,408 issued, Randolph surrounded by three females, B. Duncan, Columbia, SC. Very fine with coupons................................$95.00

847 - C-71 $500 JUDAH P. BENJAMIN, Ball #74, 2,115 issued, 1862, Vignette of Benjamin by Duncan of Columbia, SC with coupons. Very fine..............................$95.00

847a - C-83 $1000 WOOD BURNING LOCOMOTIVE, (same as CSA C#39, $100 Vignette). $1000 with coupons. Very fine.......................................$150.00

848 - C-84 $1000, 1862, C.G. MEMMINGER, Memminger supported by Agriculture and Commerce with ships and factories. Only 593 issued, scarce. Very fine with coupons...............................$100.00

849 - C-85 $1000, 1862, VIGNETTE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS, Only 1,491 issued, three females, Ball #162. Very fine with coupons......................................$95.00

850 - C-90 $1000 LIBERTY HOLDS A CONFEDERATE FLAG IN A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY SHIPS, Ball #82 with coupons. Rarity 6, 1,901 issued. Very fine.......................................$160.00

851 - C-92 $1000 C.G. MEMMINGER, Ball #91, 24 coupons, 1,950 issued. Very fine........................................$89.00

852 - C-100 $1000 JUDAH P. BENJAMIN, Ball #124, 24 coupons. Very fine.................$90.00

853 - C-104 $500 SAILING SHIP, Ball #364, issued completely. Very fine..................$85.00

853a - C - 111 $500 BATTLE OF SHILOH, Scene with CC Memminger with coupons. Getting difficult today to fine. Very fine.................................$175.00

855 - C-121a $500 CONFEDERATE SOLDIER WARMING HIS HANDS OVER FIRE, Rarity 8, printed on white paper. 2X are rare as pink paper issue. Very fine with coupons....................................................$145.00

858 - C-125 $1000 1863, JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE CITY OF RICHMOND, A most popular issue with coupons.............................$110.00

860 - C-130 $1000 1863, CUSTOMHOUSE IN RICHMOND, Very fine with coupons.........................................$95.00

861 - C-138 $1000 JAMES SEDDON, Ball #280, 19/20 coupons. Very fine....................$90.00

862 - C-144 $1000 EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, CSA FLAGS, Ball #317. Large issue with coupons, light pink...................................$150.00

863 - C-144b $1000 EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, CONFEDERATE FLAGS, 3rd series, nice dark pink printing with coupons. Very fine.........................$150.00

864 - C-144a $1000 EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, CSA FLAGS, 2nd Series, Ball #323 with coupons. Dark pink print. Very fine.........................$150.00

865 - C-149 $1000 CONFEDERATE SERGEANT BY TENT, 6% large bond with great vignette with coupons. Very fine...............................$250.00

867 - C-166 $1000 CONFEDERATE SAILOR SEATED BY COTTON BALE, Ball #384 with coupons. Very fine, scarce.................................$225.00

CONFEDERATE STATE ISSUES

832 - STATE OF LOUISIANA, $1000.00, Ball #101, C #62A, with coupons. Pelican feeding young with paper seal. Scarce...............................................$225.00

836 - REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, 1854, printed bond filled in for $175. White paper. Very fine.................................$225.00


844 - C-58 $100 THOMAS BRAGG, Ball #67, Bragg with two females to either side, with coupons, only 1,126 issued. Very fine...................................SOLD

856 - C-122 $1000 GENERAL STONEWALL JACKSON, Vignette of Jackson. Pink paper with coupons. Fine to very fine.........................................SOLD

854 - C-116 100 POUNDS STERLING, ERLANGER BOND, Tri-valued with coupons. Signed by Confederate Diplomat John Slidell. Trifle fold restored. Fine, a very good value........................................SOLD

830 - STATE OF ARKANSAS, $20.00, C #61L1, $20 in black, Arkansas War Bond, State seal with coupons. J.D. Butler, Little Rock printer. Very fine..............................SOLD

831 - STATE OF LOUISIANA, $100.00, C #62A, BLUE PAPER SEAL, Pelican feeding young, signed by CS Governor Moore. Very fine................................SOLD

 

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