Creator

Date Original

1862-1865

Description

The State of Arkansas used these printing blocks to print paper currency during the Civil War. In response to the scarcity of money, the Arkansas state legislature passed a law requiring creditors to accept state war bonds as payment of debts. The State of Arkansas issued Arkansas Treasury Warrants in denominations of $1, $2, $3, $5, and $10 during the Civil War. The currency was printed on blue, white, or gray paper. Usually the back of the currency was stamped "Arkansas Treasury Warrant," but due to the scarcity of paper some bills were printed on the back of old forms with writing on them or whatever paper could be found.

Physical Description

2 printing blocks, each 7" L x 3" W x 1" D

Subjects

Printing; Printing blocks; Printing plates; Money

Contributor

State of Arkansas

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

Arkansas Treasury Warrants printing plates, ASA currency collection

Resource Type

Physical Object

Collection

ASA currency collection

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Treasury Warrants printing plates, ASA currency collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

Comments

I think it is interesting that states and local communities used to print their own currency. It is amazing to think about all of the Arkansas Treasury Warrants that still exist today that made with these printing blocks. In addition to hundreds of Arkansas Treasury Warrants, the Arkansas State Archives has many pieces of paper currency issued by communities, local banks and small hotels from across the state. - Julienne Crawford

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