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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


1861 ISSUES [ Dated October 10, 1861 ]








TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $100. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 2. John Milton signature. Extremely Fine. $195

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $100. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 2. Gov Milton signature. PMG About Uncirculated 55. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $100. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 2. Gov. Milton signature. Choice Uncirculated, really nice. $275

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3. Choice About Uncirculated. $295

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ. $495

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3B. Very Fine. $225

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $20. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 4. Very Fine or better. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $10. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 5. Better than Very Fine. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $5. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 6. Very Fine, splendid example. $200

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $3. State of Florida. Washington, Liberty. Criswell 7A. Fine, John Milton signature. Serial 3192. $175


1862 ISSUES [ Dated January 1, 1862 ]






TALLAHASSEE. 1862. $50. State of Florida. Criswell 11. Very Fine, quality note. $275

TALLAHASSEE. 1862. $50. State of Florida. Criswell 11. Better than Very Fine, low serial number 85. $300

TALLAHASSEE. 1862. $5. State of Florida. Criswell 14. Harvest, Commerce and Navigation. Cotton workers at L. Fine or better. $120


1863 ISSUES [ Dated March 1, 1863 ]






TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $3. State of Florida. Sailing ship. Orange overprint. Criswell 17. About Uncirculated, fresh and desirable. $375

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight! Orange overprint. Red "TWO". Criswell 18. Very Fine, lovely example. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight! Orange overprint. Red "TWO". Criswell 18. Uncirculated, a peach! $400

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $1. State of Florida. Cotton picker. Orange overprint. Criswell 19. Very Fine, sharp. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $1. State of Florida. Cotton picker. Orange overprint. Criswell 19. Very Fine, serial 12469. $275

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $1. State of Florida. Negroes harvest cotton. Orange overprint. Criswell 19. Extremely Fine, bold color. Serial 5818. $350


FRACTIONAL ISSUES [ Dated February 2, 1863 ]




TALLAHASSEE. 1863. 10 cents. State of Florida. Criswell 28. Crisp Uncirculated. $65


1864 ISSUES [ Dated March 1, 1864 ]






TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $10. State of Florida. Ceres. Red "TEN". Criswell 32. Choice About Uncirculated, just a corner fold away. Serial 9600. $395

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $5. State of Florida. Criswell 34. Red "V's and Red "FIVE". Extremely Fine or better, no folds. Serial 6616. $295

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $5. State of Florida. Criswell 34. Red "V's and Red "FIVE". PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ. $495

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $3. State of Florida. Sailing ship. Orange overprint. Criswell 37. Extremely Fine. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight. Red "TWO". Criswell 39. Choice About Uncirculated. $450

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $1. State of Florida. Cotton picker. Orange overprint. Criswell 41. Very Fine, with a slight separation at the end of a fold. $125


1865 ISSUES [ Dated January 1, 1865 ]







BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


APPALACHICOLA. 1832. $5. Bank of West Florida. Benice 3. FL45-G30. Justice with bales. Extremely Fine. $175

APPALACHICOLA. 1832. $10. Bank of West Florida. Benice 4. FL45-G32. Washington at L. 10 silver dollars at R. About Uncirculated. $325


FERNANDINA. 1852. $5 Bank of Fernandina. Benice 4. Steamboat in harbor. Red paint ends on this popular ABNCo product. Better than Very Fine, rare opportunity. $1250


JACKSONVILLE. 18_. $3 Bank of Jacksonville. Train passes through gap. Trackside workers toil. Benice 3B. About Uncirculated. $375

JACKSONVILLE. 18_. $1 Florida Atlantic Gulf Central Rail Road Co. Benice 36. Crisp Uncirculated, beautiful ABNCo product with green back. $950

JACKSONVILLE. 1859. $5 Bank of St Johns. Benice 6A. Great vignettes. Pink overtint. Nice Fine. $165

JACKSONVILLE. 1859. $10 Bank of St Johns. Benice 7. Great vignettes. Red overtint. Fine. $295

PENSACOLA. 1841. $3. Bank of Pensacola. Archimedes levers the world. Fine, with printing gutter error. $325

TALLAHASSEE. 1862. $3 State Bank of Florida. Certificate of Deposit. Freeman 67. Two small rust holes, otherwise Very Fine. $75

TALLAHASSEE. $1 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. Benice 109. ABNCo. Popular green & black. Choice About Uncirculated, faint sheet fold at bottom. Position A. $195

TALLAHASSEE. $1 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. Benice 109. ABNCo. Popular green & black. Choice About Uncirculated, very faint sheet fold at bottom. Position B. $195

TALLAHASSEE. 1838. $5 Union Bank of Florida. Nehamathala draws bow at right. Benice 55. FL85-G6. Fine. $295

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 5 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Eagle. Benice 70. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 10 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Eagle. Benice 73. Very Good, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $100

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 25 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. Benice 75. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 50 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. Benice 76. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 75 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. Benice 77. Very Good, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $125