1864 $100 Lucy Pickens Civil War Circulated Note
Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens (June 11, 1832 - August 8, 1899) was a 19th-century American socialite, known during and after her lifetime as the "Queen of the Confederacy". She was described as "beautiful, brilliant, and captivating" by her male contemporaries, and this perception of her helped shape the stereotype of the "Southern belle". In the summer of 1857, she met Colonel Francis Wilkinson Pickens of South Carolina, who proceeded to court her with little success. In January 1858, after his defeat for a Senate seat, he accepted an appointment as the US ambassador to Russia. Suddenly she accepted his previous proposal and they were married at Wyalucing on April 26, 1858.
A longing for South Carolina and its increasing movement toward secession caused the Pickens family to return home in August 1860. Francis W. Pickens was elected governor by the General Assembly of South Carolina on December 17, only three days before the State seceded from the Union. Lucy was an advocate of the secession of the U.S. Southern states, and was the only woman to be depicted on the currency of the Confederate States of America. In April 1861, Lucy witnessed the shelling of Fort Sumter from a rooftop in Charleston, South Carolina. In November 1861, a unit of the Confederate Army was formed and called the Holcombe Legion in her honor and she designed and sewed its flag. Lucy Pickens was the only woman to be pictured on a conferate currency.
- Coin Type: Banknote
- Quantity: One
- Grade: Circ
- Diameter: 7.5" x 3.5"
- Denomination: One Hundred Dollar
- Mintage Year: 1864
- Obverse: Lucy Pickens
- Reverse: word "HUNDRED"
Measurements: 4"W x 8"H (1.0 lbs). Includes one banknote, one informational card and one display folder.
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