Confederate States - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Confederate States were a set of eleven southern states that seceded from the Union and set up a government between 1861 and 1865. The secession started with South Carolina on December 20, 1860 and a provisional government was set up on February 4, 1861 which was rejected as illegal by the Union. The states involved were South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Civil War broke out (American Civil War) in 1861 when Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter in South Carolina following an ultimatum from the Confederate government to evacuate Fort Sumter which was under the control of Union forces under Major Robert Anderson. The war ended in a Union victory with Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. The states were readmitted back into the union with representation in the US House of Representatives between 1866 and 1870.

Philatelic Profile:

John H. Reagan of Texas was appointed Postmaster General of the Confederate States of America on March 6, 1861. The first general issues issued later that year. They were a set of two stamps (Scott #1 and #2) depicting the head portraits of Jefferson Davis and Thomas Jefferson in Green (5c) and Blue (10c). Several varieties exist with valuations ranging from around $200 to $3000 depending on rarity. Another set (Scott #3 to #7) followed in 1862 and that set featured head portraits of Andrew Jackson and Jefferson Davis in a different design along with designs from the first set. Valuations for the individual items in the set vary widely with the 5c blue (Scott #6) cataloging for as little as $10 and the rare highest denomination 10c carmine variety going into the $3K range. Other significant issues from the period include ones that depict head portraits of George Washington and John C. Calhoun. The former 20c green (Scott #13) is affordable at around $40 for Mint. Used copies are ten times as valuable. The latter 1c orange (Scott #14) catalogs for around $100. The most valuable issues from the period are varieties of the 10c blue (Scott #10) showing the head portrait of Jefferson Davis that starts upwards of $4K for Mint and around half that for Used.

Although the Postmaster General issued orders to do the duties as before until preparations are done to assume control, postal patrons found it hard to procure stamp stocks as the USPO was hesitant to resupply seceded states with additional stamps and stationery. Their solution was to issue provisional issues and a number of such issues appeared during the period from June 1, 1861 to October 16, 1861 when the Confederate stamps were issued. Even then, some areas still issued provisional stamps. Many of them were cancelling stamps that were previously in use for such purpose while others were typographed adhesives. Genuine adhesives go into the 100s and some well into the 1000s depending on rarity.

Numismatic Profile:

Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) had plans to issue coins and two patterns are in existence – a Copper-Nickel Cent with a number of restrikes using other metals and a Silver Half Dollar also in existence with a number of restrikes using other metals. The issues are very rare. The states also issued paper currency and a number of them are available at any given time in the market:


ItemPrice RangeDescription
Coins$5 and upReplicas, copies, etc start around $3. Originals go into the 1000s.
Paper Money$1 and upCommemorative novelty bills, reproductions, replicas, etc start around $1. Original Dollar Notes from the 1860s onward in F start around $35 with high values going well into the 100s.


Collectible Memorabilia:

Confederate items are very popular and extremely collectible. The sought after items include swords, original letters, hat badges, buttons, original photos, and bond certificates:


ItemPrice RangeDescription
Militaria$1 and upReplica patches, bands, etc start around $1. Civil war photographs depicting generals and other military persona start around $5. Certificate Posters, Medallions, Bullet relics, etc start around $10. Cannon scale models, Stainless Steel Confederate Flasks, Knifes, etc start around $35. Original newspapers announcing important events, uniforms, and other historically relevant documents start around $100.
Historical Memorabilia$1 and upReplica Patches, Bands, Flags, document reproductions, etc start around $1. Original versions start around $40.

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Last Updated: 12/2015.

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