Confederate Cotton Loan Bond signed by John Slidell - £500 BondInv# CF1129
Jan. 29, 1863
Jan. 29, 1863 Act, Criswell-118, B-158 Cotton Loan Bond issued in Europe by J. Henry Schroder & Co. and Emilie Erlanger & Co. Tri-valued at: 500 Pounds Sterling-12,500 French Francs-20,000 pounds of cotton. A key attraction of the Confederate bonds was that they were “cotton backed” and were exchangeable into New Orleans middling cotton at a rate of six pence sterling per pound (at a time when the going rate in England was better than twenty pence per pound). The catch was that the Confederate government undertook to deliver this cotton to one of its ports only after peace had been made -- while the war endured delivery had to be taken inland with the would-be recipient also having to run the Union blockade to get the cotton out. Signed by John Slidell, a U.S. and Confederate diplomat whose seizure with James M. Mason precipitated the Trent Affair during the American Civil War. Printed on quality heavy watermarked paper, very ornate engraved bond (the most attractive of all Confederate issues) with Liberty holding Confederate “Stars and Bars” leaning on bales of cotton and gazing across the sea. Nearly complete coupons at left and right. Truly a Classic! Popular and Very Important!
A bond is a document of title for a loan. Bonds are issued, not only by businesses, but also by national, state or city governments, or other public bodies, or sometimes by individuals. Bonds are a loan to the company or other body. They are normally repayable within a stated period of time. Bonds earn interest at a fixed rate, which must usually be paid by the undertaking regardless of its financial results. A bondholder is a creditor of the undertaking.
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