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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. $1. State of Alabama. Green "ONE". Criswell 1, 1st Series. About Uncirculated, stamp hinge on back. Serial 6814. $50

MONTGOMERY 1863. 50 cents. State of Alabama. Blue "50 Cts". Criswell-4. About Uncirculated. Serial 5291. $30

MONTGOMERY 1863. 50 cents. State of Alabama. Blue "50 Cts". Criswell 4. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 55114. $50

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. About Uncirculated. Serial 13833. $31

MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. About Uncirculated. Serial 16214. $32

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

MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. Uncirculated. Serial 14865. $35

MONTGOMERY 1863. 25 cents. State of Alabama. Red "25 Cts". 2nd Series. Criswell 6. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 77693. $45

MONTGOMERY 1863. 10 cents. State of Alabama. Map and Tree. Criswell 9. Uncirculated. $32

MONTGOMERY, 1863. 5 cents. State of Alabama. Cotton boll. Criswell 11. Uncirculated, but paper has toned. Serial 25072. $20


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. 1858. $5 Eastern B of Alabama. AL110-25. Very Fine, green tint. Signatures are not those listed by Rosene as officers. Serial 7935. $200

EUFAULA. 18__. $10 Eastern B of Alabama. AL 110-30. Choice About Uncirculated. Jumbo margins. Vignettes are simply great. $300

HAYNEVILLE. 1866. 25 cents. County of Lowndes. AL355-025. Indian, green "25"s. Uncirculated. $50

MONTGOMERY . $5 Central Bank of Alabama. AL940-25. Sailors, Wharf. Red "5"s. Very Good. Serial 7355. $60

MONTGOMERY1857. $10 Central Bank of Alabama. AL940-30. Cotton fields. Red "TEN". Fine. Serial 1924. $85

MONTGOMERY. $500 Central Bank of Alabama. AL940-75. Richard Montgomery at LL. Color Proof from ABNCo archive sale - an old friend, I once owned all of them!
Red tint on this pretty much perfect beauty. PCGS Very Choice New 64. The 'small tears' are roughness on a couple of the punch cancel holes, hardly 'tears'. $1350

MONTGOMERY . 1862. $1 Farmers Bank of Alabama. AL960-05. Blue "ONE". Very Good. Serial 940. $50

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $5 Farmers Bank of Alabama. AL960-25. Green "FIVE". Fine, minor gutter error. Serial 569. $95

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $1 Josiah Morris, Banker. AL1010-05. Red "1 ONE 1". Cotton field worker at L. Fine. Serial 2877. $150

MONTGOMERY. 1862. $2 Josiah Morris, Banker. AL1010-10. Red "2 TWO 2". Indian warrior at L. Fine. Serial 1796. $150

MONTGOMERY 1862. 10 cents. Alabama Insurance Co of Montgomery (headed Atlanta, GA Jan 1862). AL1060-110. Red overprint. Fine. $75

SELMA 1865. 50 cents. City of Selma. AL1210-050. Alabama map. About Uncirculated. Rare so nice. $200

SELMA . 1858. $50 Commercial Bank of Alabama. AL1250-50. Fabulous vignettes, red back. Fine. Serial 1067. $250

SELMA. 1862. $1 Real Estate Banking Company of South Alabama. AL1310-05. Transport by road, rail and water. Fine, multiple hinges on back. Serial 1451. $200

SELMA. 1861. $3 Real Estate Banking Company of South Alabama. AL1310-15. Clipper ship surges forward. Fine, ancient hinges on back. Serial 1187. $200

WETUMPKA. 1839. $10 Wetumpka Trading Co. AL1510-30. Commerce on the dock with cargo. Fine. Serial 269. $150