1861 South Carolina Green Seal $5 Sweet Potato Dinner Generals and Their Wives $10 Notes Civil War Era

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View and hold history in your hands with these fascinating obsolete bank notes issued by the State Bank of South Carolina over 150 years ago! The Civil War started on South Carolina soil on April 12, 1861 after the Union attack on Fort Sumter. The Bank of South Carolina operated from 1812 through 1865 during which time it served as the State Treasury. It printed the only state issued notes during the Civil War.

Their authenticity is unquestionable as they were bought from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.  The signatures, dates and serial number numbers are hand written, making each note a unique piece of American history that will become a treasured family heirloom passed down from generation to generation understand that no two notes are the same.

Typically, redeemed notes like these were destroyed upon closure of the issuing authority. The survival of these notes is rare in Civil War and antebellum banking history.

Sweet Potato Dinner
The central vignette of the famous Sweet Potato Dinner depicts General Francis Marion offering a dinner of sweet potatoes to British officer Sir Banistree Tarleton in the swamps during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Sumter in oval to lower left and William Moultrie to lower right. Ornate green back. Simply a breathtaking piece. The amazing vignettes beautifully bring history and the faces that go with it to life. We know the significance of Fort Sumter; as well as Fort Moultrie. Here are faces to go with these famous SOuth Carolina forts. A true work of art if there ever was one.

The Rescue
These are original $10 bank notes with hand written signatures and dates issued by the State Bank of South Carolina. The center vignette entitled “The Rescue” shows General Daniel Morgan (left) Revolutionary War General who along with General Andrew Pickens, fought in the Battle of Saratoga and in the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. He later commanded troops during the Whiskey Rebellion. General Andrew Pickens (right) was a militia leader in the Revolutionary War and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also the Governor of the of South Carolina from 1817-1819.

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