1861 Five-Dollar Antique Note
At one time it was perfectly legal for any bank, company, or even individual to issue paper money. The money was only as good as the reputation of the issuer. This practice was outlawed when the U.S. government started issuing its own paper money regularly, during the Civil War.
This Five-Dollar Note was issued by The Bank of the Commonwealth in Richmond, Virginia in 1861. It portrays George Washington on the left, a tobacco scene in the center and the State Seal on the right. The red ink and high quality engraving made counterfeiting difficult. This note is hand signed and hand dated. No image on reverse.
This is an original note, not a reproduction. Antique money is NON-RETURNABLE.