ALABAMA OBSOLETES

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Grover Criswell

What are "Criswell Numbers"? I am asked this question frequently. The check shown above hints at the style of Grover C. Criswell (1934-1999), a flamboyant and energetic dealer who specialized in Confederate and Southern States currency. Grover authored several books including "Confederate and Southern States Currency" and "North American Currency". In the former publication Grover developed a numbering system for identifying the many varieties of notes. The Criswell numbering system was based on the work of William Bradbeer and is still widely used today. Grover's works inspired a generation of collectors. Take a close look at the check above. Notice that it was redeemable in Confederate currency!!


STATE ISSUES


FIRST ISSUE [ Dated January 1st 1863 ]



MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. About Uncirculated. Serial 45496. $30

MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. Uncirculated. Serial 15038. $35

MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. Uncirculated. Serial 33270. $35


SECOND ISSUE [ Dated January 1st 1864 ]




MONTGOMERY 1864. $100. State of Alabama. Indian family. Green back. Criswell-12. Very Fine. $195

MONTGOMERY 1864. $50. State of Alabama. Governor Watts. Green back. Criswell 13. Looks Extremely Fine, has stamp hinge mend of long tear on back. $50

MONTGOMERY 1864. $50. State of Alabama. Governor Watts. Green back. Criswell-13. Very Fine. Serial 129. $115

MONTGOMERY 1864. $50. State of Alabama. Governor Watts. Green back. Criswell-13. PCGS Extremely Fine 40. Serial 573. $150

MONTGOMERY 1864. $10. State of Alabama. Governor Watts. Criswell-14. Extremely Fine, rounded corner. $65

MONTGOMERY 1864. $10. State of Alabama. Governor Watts. Criswell-14. Crisp Uncirculated, lovely. $225

MONTGOMERY 1864. $5. State of Alabama. Green "FIVE". Criswell-15. Crisp Uncirculated, tight trim at right. $135

MONTGOMERY 1864. $5. State of Alabama. Green "FIVE". Criswell-15. Uncirculated. $150


CITY, BANK and MERCHANT ISSUES

EUFAULA. 18__. $5 Eastern B of Alabama. Extremely Fine, green overtint. Apparently signed and issued. $250

HAYNEVILLE. 1866. 25 cents. County of Lowndes. Indian, green "25"s. Rosene 122-1. Uncirculated. $35

MOBILE 1862. $3 Mechanics Aid Association Deposit Bank. June 19, 1862. Rosene 202-5. Very Fine. $145

MONTGOMERY . $5 Central Bank of Alabama. Sailors, Wharf. Rosene 231-10. Red "5"s. Very Good. $45

MONTGOMERY1857. $10 Central Bank of Alabama. Cotton fields. Rosene 231-12. Red "TEN". Fine. $85

MONTGOMERY. $500 Central Bank of Alabama. Richard Montgomery at LL. Proof from ABNCo archive sale. Red tint on this pretty much perfect beauty. $1250

MONTGOMERY . 1862. $1 Farmers Bank of Alabama. Blue "ONE" Rosene 237-1. Very Good. *** SPECIAL ***. $30

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $5 Farmers Bank of Alabama. Green "FIVE" Rosene 237-2. Fine, minor gutter error. $95

MONTGOMERY. 1862. 50 cents. Alabama Insurance Co. Rosene 228-4. If you like red and blue this note's for you. PCGS Fine 15. $125

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $1 Josiah Morris, Banker. Red 1 ONE 1". Cotton field worker at L. Rosene 248-1. Fine. $175

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $2 Josiah Morris, Banker. Red 2 TWO 2". Indian warrior at L. Rosene 248-2. Fine. $195

MONTGOMERY 1862. 10 cents Alabama Insurance Co of Montgomery (headed Atlanta, GA Jan 1862). Red overprint. Fine, attractive. $85

SELMA 1865. 50 cents. City of Selma. Alabama map. Rosene 293-4. About Uncirculated. Rare so nice. $225

SELMA . 1858. $50 Commercial Bank of Alabama. Rosene 294-6. Fabulous vignettes, red back. Fine. $295