Faced with a shortage of coins, the Confederacy printed 20¢ Washington stamps to be used primarily as currency, because the confederacy had no coins. The historic stamp was also used postally to pay the 20-cent overweight double-letter rate. Pairs paid the 40-cent Trans-Mississippi rate.
The first known use of CSA13 was June 1, 1863. Colors vary from deep green to bluish or yellow green. High quality inks were scarce because of the Union blockade of the Confederacy. CSA13b is dark green.
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