Set of Six Straker & Son Chemicograph C.S.A. Backs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 Crisp AU/Unc
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This set of "notes" consists of six Chemicograph backs with designs that were intended for the 1864 issues of the $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, and $500 denominations. Back plates with these designs were ordered by the Confederate Treasury from S. Straker & Sons of London. The plates were made and shipped from London in early January 1864, only to disappear. Several more shipments were made, but none of these got through the Union blockade. Examples of the plates were found 75 years later, and the prints in this lot were made from those plates.