||Unknown Location, NJ. Wm. L. Taylor "at the Sutler's Store"- Third Regiment, First Brigade N.J.V. 2 Cents June 14, 1861. Keller NJ-SB002-B. Wait-2227var. PCGS Very Fine 25 Apparent. Sutler scrip is a special classification of merchants' private currency. It was issued by officially sanctioned agents who traveled with their assigned regiments during the Civil War selling provisions, and providing other services. Most sutler notes are scarce to extremely rare. Generally, Northern regimental sutler issues are more available than Southern sutlers, because remainders are known from several Northern issues. The 3rd Regiment New Jersey Volunteers was organized at Trenton on June 4, 1861 and fought at Bull Run, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. This Wm. L. Taylor sutler note represents the Northern style well. Printed on white paper, in all blue ink, it shows a simple design with straight borderlines, top and bottom, and it has a pattern border end cartouches with 2 CTS perpendicular. Across the note at the top is the title; at center, TWO CENTS; and under, "Payable in Merchandise at the Sutler's Store." Signed below in pen, not with engraved signature (as Wait-2227), and properly dated. Noted as "Edge and Internal Splits and Tears; Minor Stains." An interesting view into necessity currency used by Civil War soldiers adjacent to their fields of battle. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $423.00. Newman VI (Heritage Auctions, 4/2015), lot 19234. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.