ARKANSAS 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


ARKANSAS TREASURY WARRANTS [ Civil War Issues ]






1863. $1 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-30, white paper, GREEN ATW back. Choice About New, fresh and original. $395

1863. $1 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-30A, white paper, plain back. "War Bond" removed. Very Fine, a few pinholes. $210

1863. $1 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Cr-32A, blue paper, ATW back. Jeff Davis. Crisp Uncirculated, fully framed. Outstanding quality. $375

1863. $1 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-34, white paper, green ATW back. Printed on backs of bills of exchange. Very Fine, edge nick. $185

1862. $2 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Jeff Davis. Cr-36, white paper, green ATW back. Very Fine or better. $295

1863. $2 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Jeff Davis. Cr-36A, white paper, "ON WAR BOND" removed. Extremely Fine, sharp! $300

1863. $2 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Jeff Davis. Cr-38, blue paper, green ATW back. About Uncirculated. $325

1862. $2 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Jeff Davis. Cr-40A, white paper, green ATW back. "On War Bond" removed. Printed on bills of exchange. Extremely Fine. $350

1862. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-54, plain back. Extremely Fine. $125

1862. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-54, plain back. Interest statement is cancelled with pen stroke. Extremely Fine. $125

1862. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Criswell-56B, Interest language removed. Blue paper, red ATW. Very Fine. $135

1865. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Cr-56B, blue paper, RED back. Uncirculated, super! $295

1863. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Cr-56B, blue paper, green ATW back. Extremely Fine. $165

1862. $10 Arkansas Treasury Warrant. Cr-58, printed on backs of bills of exchange showing Bison. Green ATW. Choice Uncirculated, gorgeous! $300


STATE OF ARKANSAS [ Post - Civil War Issues ]




1874. $1 State of Arkansas. Criswell-63. Farmer with scythe. Ornate brown back. Extremely Fine. Serial 4852. $5500

187_. $10 State of Arkansas. Criswell-65. Cotton wagon. Liberty at left. Ornate brown back. Ex Criswell. About Uncirculated, original with embossing. Serial 52009. $5500


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


FAYETTEVILLE 1862. 25 cents. Bank of DIXIE. AR475-025. Tissue thin paper. Very Fine. Serial 312. $600

FAYETTEVILLE 1862. $2.50. Holcomb & Barnard, Drug Store. AR485-12. Mortar and pestle at left. Fine. Serial 723. $250

FORT SMITH 1862 $1. Mayer Brothers, Druggists. AR520-05. Payable all over creation. Near Very Fine. Serial 218. $125

HELENA 187_ $1 City Treasury note. AR650-05 Full green tint. Very Fine. $750

HELENA 187_ $3 City Treasury note. AR650-15. Full green tint. Very Fine. $750

LITTLE ROCK 18_. $5 Bank of the State of Arkansas. AR700-25. Maiden watches river traffic. Proof. $1000

LITTLE ROCK 18_. $10 Bank of the State of Arkansas. AR700-31. Indian with tomahawk. Proof. PMG Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ. $1100

LITTLE ROCK 18_. $10 Bank of the State of Arkansas. AR700-31. Indian with tomahawk. Proof. $1000

LITTLE ROCK 18_. $20 Bank of the State of Arkansas. AR700-41. Commerce seated on bale. Proof. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63. $1000

LITTLE ROCK 18_. $20 Bank of the State of Arkansas. AR700-41. Commerece seated on bale. Proof. $950

LITTLE ROCK 1862 75 cents. Office of William B Wait. AR775-075. Printed on the back of recycled notes. Very Fine. Serial 2873. $100

LITTLE ROCK 1862 $2. Office of William B Wait. AR775-10. Very Fine. Serial 2940. $150

MARION COUNTY 1862. $1. Scrip of H. & J. R. Granger. AR795-05. About Uncirculated. $200