50 Cents, Fractional Currency, ca. 1862

Fractional currency, coined or paper money of smaller denomination than the standard denomination, was used in America during the Civil War. Fractional currency came in many forms. This fifty-cent note issued by the Bank of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania is another example of fractional currency.
Currently not on view
Object Name
paper money
date made
ca 1862
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 70 mm x 151 mm; 2 3/4 in x 5 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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