"Redback" Currency Series

004117
  • Author: Republic of Texas
  • Date: 1839-42
  • Medium: Paper currency
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Inches: 24 1/8" x 25 1/4"
  • Centimeters: 61.86 x 64.74
  • Price: $18,000.00
Description:

The Austin change notes and non-interest bearing redbacks are now known as the 4th and 5th series commonly referred to as the Republic of Texas series. The second series of change notes and the redbacks are often lumped together and collected as a set because of their similar designs and use of allegorical figures. There are differences in paper, designers, engraving firms, and the printed reverse on the denominations of $5 and above which dominate the 5th series. the primary commonality is the similar design of the bills and that both issues bear the wording "The Republic of Texas" across the face. [Bevill 206]

A full series of nine Red Back currency notes in excellent condition in denominations of $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $500. This series was issued by the Republic of Texas between 1839 and 1842, during the presidency of Mirabeau Lamar. The notes are presented in an archival framing treatment, in a handmade block-corner frame with a gilded lip and decorative gold stars applied to the corners. The frame bears a gold plaque affixed to the center bottom which reads "Red Back Series, Change Notes Republic of Texas, 1839-42." The framing treatment includes a fabric mat with gold fillets surrounding each note and UV protective museum glass.

Bevill, James. The Paper Republic the Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas. Houston, Tex.: Bright Sky, 2009. Print.
Bevill, James. The Paper Republic the Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas. Houston, Tex.: Bright Sky, 2009. Print.
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