A Student of History

June 27, 2006

Civil War $100 bill is sold for $2.1m

Filed under: The strange place called the South — John Maass @ 4:51 am

A $100 NOTE issued in 1863 during the American Civil War has fetched $2.1 million (£1.16 million) at auction. It set a joint record for the most expensive piece of paper currency ever sold, tied with a $1,000 bill dating to 1891, which went under the hammer for the same price at the same sale in Dallas, Texas. The only other two $100 bills known to remain from the era are held in the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC.  The two notes sold last week each made twice the previous record for a note. The vendor, a Florida philanthropist, is to donate the proceeds to charity.

This article: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=930282006

Not as much as was shelled out for Revolutionary War battle flags, but what’s with so much money going for historical stuff?

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