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Ceramic coin bank with Dixie Note image.

Measures 3.5" high by 3" wide. Opens at the bottom.

First issued in the 1830s in New Orleans, the dixie note is among the most famous examples of paper money produced in the United States. The Citizens’ Bank of Louisiana, also called Banque des citoyens de la Louisiane, printed its banknotes in both English and French. The $10 bills issued by the bank came to be called dixies because they prominently feature the word dix, French for “ten.”

There are several theories about how the South acquired the nickname Dixie. One suggests that after these banknotes took on that name, people started calling New Orleans, and then the entire South, Dixieland. No matter the derivation, the name was likely common when Daniel Emmett’s song “I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land” was published in New York in 1860.
The Citizens’ Bank was housed in a grand Greek revival building on the uptown side of Toulouse Street between Chartres and Royal Streets. Abandoned in the 1870s, the building was demolished before 1900, and its site is now owned by The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Dixie note
printed 1860; etching
issued by Citizens’ Bank of Louisiana
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1974.15.13


Item # 006659

A unique museum gift shop located in the French Quarter that offers reproduction maps and prints, jewelry and gifts by local artists and our own publications as well as many other titles related to the culture and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Many of the items in this shop can only be found at The Historic New Orleans Collection. This gift shop features reproduction items from our collections that are educational and exclusive.