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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. Serial 208. $225

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $100. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 2. Gov Milton signature. PMG About Uncirculated 55. Serial 4225. $275

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $100. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 2. Gov. Milton signature. Choice Uncirculated, really nice. Serial 4236. $350

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 4996. $295

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ. Serial 4412. $495

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $50. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 3B. Very Fine. Serial 3641. $225

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $20. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 4. Very Fine or better. Serial 5216. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $10. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 5. Better than Very Fine. Serial 4234. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1861. $5. State of Florida. Ceres seated. Criswell 6. Very Fine, splendid example. Serial 2622. $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. Serial 1237. $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. Serial 486. $120


1863 ISSUES [ Dated March 1, 1863 ]






TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $3. State of Florida. Sailing ship. Orange overprint. Criswell 17. About Uncirculated, fresh and desirable. Serial 9690. $350

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight! Orange overprint. Red "TWO". Criswell 18. Very Fine, lovely example. Serial 508. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight! Orange overprint. Red "TWO". Criswell 18. Uncirculated, a peach! Serial 13426. $400

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. $1. State of Florida. Cotton picker. Orange overprint. Criswell 19. Very Fine, sharp. Serial 3092. $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. 50 cents. State of Florida. Criswell 20. Choice About Uncirculated. $65

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. 50 cents. State of Florida. Criswell 20. Choice About Uncirculated, another. $65

TALLAHASSEE. 1863. 10 cents. State of Florida. Criswell 28. Choice Uncirculated. $75


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. Very Fine. Serial 4949. $200

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $3. State of Florida. Sailing ship. Orange overprint. Criswell 37. Extremely Fine. Low serial 25. $250

TALLAHASSEE. 1864. $2. State of Florida. Fast freight. Red "TWO". Criswell 39. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 5062. $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. Serial 8140. $125


1865 ISSUES [ Dated January 1, 1865 ]







BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


APPALACHICOLA. 1832. $5. Bank of West Florida. FL55-25. Justice with bales. Extremely Fine. Serial 942. $210

APPALACHICOLA. 1832. $10. Bank of West Florida. FL55-30. Washington at L. 10 silver dollars at R. About Uncirculated. Serial 112. $350


FERNANDINA. 1859. $5 Bank of Fernandina. FL220-25. Benice 4. Steamboat in harbor. Red paint ends on this popular ABNCo product. Better than Very Fine, rare opportunity. Serial 1060. $1750

FERNANDINA. 1859. $10 Bank of Fernandina. FL220-30. Benice 5. Cotton wagon. Red paint ends on this popular ABNCo product. PMG Very Fine 20, with low serial 9. $3500

FERNANDINA. 1859. $20 Bank of Fernandina. FL220-40. Benice 6. High speed train. Very Fine, a beauty. Outstanding quality for this note. Serial 878. $2200


JACKSONVILLE. 18_. $3 Bank of Jacksonville. FL250-15. Train passes through gap. Trackside workers toil. About Uncirculated. Serial 1953. $400

JACKSONVILLE. 18_. $1 Florida Atlantic Gulf Central Rail Road Co. FL290-05. Choice Uncirculated, beautiful ABNCo product with green back. $950

JACKSONVILLE. 1859. $5 Bank of St Johns. FL275-25. Great vignettes. Red int. Nice Fine. Serial 8821. $165

JACKSONVILLE. 1859. $10 Bank of St Johns. FL275-30. Great vignettes. Red tint. Fine. Serial 487. $300

PENSACOLA. 1841. $3. Bank of Pensacola. FL410-15. Archimedes levers the world. Fine, with printing gutter error. Serial 4087. $300

TALLAHASSEE. 1862. $3 State Bank of Florida. FL510-15. Certificate of Deposit. Two small rust holes, otherwise Very Fine. Serial 130. $100

TALLAHASSEE. $1 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. FL635-05. ABNCo. Popular green & black. Choice About Uncirculated, very faint sheet fold at bottom. Position A. $225

TALLAHASSEE. $1 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. FL635-05. ABNCo. Popular green & black. Choice About Uncirculated, very faint sheet fold at bottom. Position B. $225

TALLAHASSEE. $2 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. FL635-10. Benice 111. ABNCo. Popular green & black. Choice Uncirculated, wonderful vignettes. $400

TALLAHASSEE. $3 Tallahassee RailRoad Company. FL635-15. Benice 113. ABNCo. Green & black. Sailor, anchor, ships at sea. Choice Uncirculated. $425

TALLAHASSEE. 1838. $5 Union Bank of Florida. FL550-25. Nehamathala draws bow at right. Fine or better. Serial 2453. $325

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 5 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Eagle. FL565-005. Benice 70. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 10 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Eagle. FL565-010. Benice 73. Very Good, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $100

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 25 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. FL565-025. Benice 75. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 50 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. FL565-050. Benice 76. Fine, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $150

TALLAHASSEE. March 1, 1862. 75 cents. Corporation of Tallahassee. Steamship. FL565-075. Benice 77. Very Good, printed on recycled Fernandina notes. $125