Confederate States of America
The Confederacy existed from February 1861 until April 1865. The Confederate States of America reportedly struck four sample half dollars in 1861, using the Seated Liberty obverse die supplied for striking U.S. half dollars at the New Orleans mint, and a specially prepared new C.S.A. reverse die. These original four coins are impossible to price. In 1879, one of the coins, along with the reverse die, was acquired by J. W. Scott of New York, who then obtained a quantity of U.S. 1861-0 half dollars and created 500 Confederate "restrikes". He also struck some half dollar-size tokens with the same reverse. Scott restrikes are valued at $2,500-5,000; Scott tokens, $500-1,500. Besides these is the 1 cent 1861 (1874) by Captain J.W. Haseltine.

Now, for this newest incarnation of CSA coinage, a cluster of Silver Dollar commemorative coins have been designed by Richard O. Liptock of Humboldt, Tennessee. His Web-site ( affirms that “In 1996 I was trying to find a silver coin that had the Rebel Battle Flag on it. To my amazement, no mint had ever produced one. So, I decided to see how much it would cost to have one made myself. When I called the first mint, I told them that I wanted the battle flag on one side...right away they told me that I could not have that coin made because it was not politically correct. They said that I would never be able to get a coin like that made.” When another mint turned him down and also refused to give him a price, this fueled his determination. “After six months I finally found a mint that would make my coin if I signed an agreement stating that they were not liable for any law suits that may result.” During a subsequent telephone conversation with Mr. Liptock, he clarified that his quest for a mint in fact began in 1994. There are 13 Silver Dollars in the “Rebels Of Liberty” series, and 4 in the “Reflections Of The Confederacy” series. Mr. Liptock, can be directly contacted at

As companion-pieces, “1861” German silver 1/10 (dime) and copper 1/100 (penny) demi-restrikes also exists. These attractive fractional pieces were made around 1955 for the upcoming centennial of the Civil War. They can be seen at:

More recently, I was alerted to another CSA coin, completely unrelated in origin to the ones mentioned above. This piece is a silver One Confederate Dollar dated 2002. The person who designed it and had it minted is a “Southern Patriot” named Henri Klingler (of Jesup, Georgia), who is a supporter of The Southern Nation (TSN), a Southern nationalist group/e-list and Web-site, “created for the honourable and noble Cause of restoring and advancing the Southern nation”. Mr. Klingler also happens to be the great-grandnephew of a Confederate cavalry colonel (whom he describes as “a somewhat renowned small-unit commander of a band of guerilla-type fighters during the war.”) named John Singleton Mosby (the legendary “Grey Ghost”). The coin can be viewed by scrolling down this page to the “Silver Dollar Gift Shop”, from where it can be purchased. The information on this link about the coin can be summarized as:

The above coin shown another variant, struck for the centennial by the Coin-of-the-Month Club, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in various metals (Silver, Copper-Nickel-Zinc, Bronze Oxidized, Copper-Nickel-Zinc Oxidized, Bronze Golden, Bronze Gilt). All of these coins produced by this club are listed for $5 or less; and the .925 silver is valued at $15.

Despite that the Confederacy had two mints: one in New Orleans and another in Dahlonega, Georgia, they had no precious metal to produce Silver or/and Gold coins. The reverse of the coin is the authentic “Great Seal of The Confederacy.”  The colonial horseman is George Washington.  Remember, Washington was a Virginian, a Southern gentleman and hero, not only of the USA, but especially for the CSA.  The wreath surrounding Washington is there to remind us of the South’s agrarian nature, its roots and lifestyle.  The wreath consists of the South’s six main staples: corn, wheat, tobacco, sugar cane, rice, and cotton. “DEO VINDICE," the motto of the Confederacy, is Latin for “God will vindicate.”  22 February 1862 is not only George Washington’s birthday, it is the date the Confederate Constitution was adopted.

I purchased my Half Dollar ND (1961), Copper-Nickel-Zinc coin from Oded Paz. Almost all the above mentioned CSA coins are shown in "4th edition of the Unusual World Coins by Colin R. Bruce II, edited by Tom Michael & George Cuhaj", under "United States of America" category.

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