Rare civil war and railroad currency on display

Published: May 21, 2015

Old RR CurrencyLAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Sam Harmison has been collecting rare coins and currency since he was 12. He’ll be 99 this month and is celebrating by displaying his collection of civil war and railroad currency. A friend found it and gave it to him.

“They were tearing down an old farm house between Front Royal and Winchester, Virginia,” said Sam. “They found this tin box full of old money. He said he thought I’d might like to have it.”

“The Railroads, which were really really big at that time, issued their own money,” said Mike Harmison, Lakeside Bank president and Sam’s son. “It became more acceptable throughout the nation. The railroad would take it for fare and for freight and shipping, etc.”

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