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Sweet Potato Dinner Bank of South Carolina $5 Note From 1861
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Here is a classic bank note from 1861. This one was issued in Charleston, South Carolina by the Bank of the State of South Carolina. It was issued for the amount of $5.00 and has the hand written date of issuance of February 5th 1861. It has the "Sweet Potato" scene in the center. This is depicted from the Revolutionary War dinner served to British General Gates. When served a dinner by U.S. General Francis Marion that included sweet potatoes Gates sent a letter back to England that stated. "We'll never get them to surrender as they live on tree roots in the swamps. " A vibrant and colorful example of this American Bank Note Company imprint type with the well-known historical scene The Sweet Potato Dinner, originally engraved for Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson. The original scene is based on the painting by John B. White, General Marion Inviting a British Officer to Share His Meal. Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion and James DePeyster in the center are seen performing a prisoner exchange with the meal set on the table. (see Roger H. Durand's Interesting Notes About History, pages 126-127). At the bottom corners are portraits of General Thomas Sumter and General William Moultrie. With an intricate green frame, micro-lettered guilloche, and green upper corner surrounds. The note is in nice circulated condition. When you hold the note up to the light you can see the crosscut slices in the paper with some paper loss. This is the "Cut Cancellation" marking that lets us know the note was taken out of circulation by the Bank. It comes in an acid free holder for display and preservation.

Item #: B6201
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