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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


MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $100 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-1. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 5724. $90

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $100 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-1. Gem Uncirculated. Serial 4065. $135

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $50 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-2. About Uncirculated. Serial 6897. $50

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $50 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-2. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 5272. $60

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $50 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-2. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 11069. $100

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $50 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-2. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 13021. $120

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $20 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Criswell-3. About Uncirculated. Serial 8378. $75

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $20 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Criswell-3A. Nice Uncirculated. Serial 11471. $110

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $10 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Criswell-4. About Uncirculated. $40

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $10 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Criswell-4. Uncirculated, stamp hinge on back. Serial 23377. $50

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $5 The State of Georgia. Oglethorpe. Criswell-5. About Uncirculated. Serial 9503. $45

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $5 The State of Georgia. Oglethorpe. Criswell-5. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 120045. $60

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $5 The State of Georgia. Oglethorpe. Criswell-5. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 43772. $60

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. $100 The State of Georgia. Rattler! Criswell-6. Extremely Fine. Serial 5797. $85

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. $100 The State of Georgia. Rattler! Criswell-6. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 29482. $125

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. $50 The State of Georgia. Rattler! Criswell-7. Extremely Fine or better. $60

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. $50 The State of Georgia. Rattler! Criswell-7. About Uncirculated. $85

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. $50 The State of Georgia. Rattler! Criswell 7. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 19049. $100

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. 25 cents The State of Georgia. Criswell-15E. Unsigned block of four. Individual notes grade Very Fine or better. Folded between notes. $150

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. 15 cents The State of Georgia. Criswell-17. Crisp Uncirculated. $85

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. 15 cents The State of Georgia. Criswell-17. Crisp Uncirculated, another. $90

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1863. 10 cents The State of Georgia. Criswell-18. Uncirculated. $30

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $500. The State of Georgia. Criswell-20. This otherwise Very Fine note has a stamp hinge covering a small break at one end. Serial 512. $595

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $500. The State of Georgia. Criswell-20. Very Fine, rather nice! Serial 166. $750

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $100 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-21. Choice Uncirculated, handsome. Serial 20647. $195

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $50 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-22. Choice Uncirculated. Low serial 78. $175

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $20 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-23. Green seal. Extremely Fine. Serial 25397. $50

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $4 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-27. Small hole near one signature, otherwise Very Fine. Serial 3023. $75

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $4 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-27. Very Fine and then some. Serial 5387. $150

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $4 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-27. Crisp Uncirculated, a little jewel. Serial 4667. $375

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $3 The State of Georgia. Horses at trough. Criswell-28. Crisp Uncirculated, an impressive example. Serial 41487. $250

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $2 The State of Georgia. Ocean-going steamship. Criswell-29. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 6937. $100

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $2 The State of Georgia. Ocean-going steamship. Criswell-29. Gem Uncirculated, exceptional. Serial 1334. $165

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $1 The State of Georgia. Choo-choo does its thing. Criswell-30. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 3350. $150

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. 50 cents. The State of Georgia. Workmen confer. Criswell 31A, unsigned. About Uncirculated. $60


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES



ATHENS. 18_. $50 Bank of Athens. GA310-50. Sheep shearing. Color proof from ABNCo archives sale. $1000


ATLANTA. 1863. $5 Mechanics Savings Bank. GA980-25. Semi-nude Indian maiden steps from canoe. Red protectors. PMG Choice Fine 15. Serial 1136. $95

AUGUSTA. 1863. 10 cents. Bank of Augusta. GA1520-110. Red and black. About Uncirculated. $40

AUGUSTA. 1863. 25 cents. Bank of Augusta. GA1520-125. Red and black. Crisp Uncirculated. $50

AUGUSTA. 1863. 50 cents. Bank of Augusta. GA1520-150. Red and black. Crisp Uncirculated. $50

AUGUSTA. 1863. 75 cents. Bank of Augusta. GA1520-175. Red and black. Printed on recycled notes. About Uncirculated. $45

AUGUSTA. 18_. $1 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-04. Liberty, shield, and eagle. Columbus at R. About Uncirculated, stamp hinge remnant on back. $40

AUGUSTA. 1858. $10 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-30. Roman Senator. Patrick Henry at R. About Uncirculated. Serial 1094. $75

AUGUSTA. 1836. $10 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-31. General Greene and Oglethorpe. Extremely Fine. Serial 5785. $75

AUGUSTA. 1836. $20 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-42. Gov Jackson L, Oglethorpe R. Uncirculated. Serial Serial 1343. $85

AUGUSTA. 1832. $20 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-43. Liberty and Justice. James Madison at L. Uncirculated. Serial 5979. $100

AUGUSTA. 1832. $50 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-50. Ceres with Greek head below. About Uncirculated. $75

AUGUSTA. 18_. $50 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-51. Eagle with wings spread. About Uncirculated. $75

AUGUSTA. 18_. $100 Bank of Augusta. GA1520-70. Agriculture admires cotton plant. Choice Uncirculated. $125

AUGUSTA. 1863. 75 cents. Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Eagle. GA1550-175. Red & black. About Uncirculated. Serial 1597. $50

AUGUSTA. 1862. $1 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-04. Pat Lyon at the forge. Greek heads. About Uncirculated. Serial 800. $125

AUGUSTA. 1861. $2 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-12. Carpenter works under scrutiny. ABNCo red & black. Very Fine. Serial 3770. $90

AUGUSTA. 1852. $5 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-22. Washington at L. Very Fine. $60

AUGUSTA. 1860. $5 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-25. State seal flanked by man and woman. ABNCo Red & black beauty. Very Fine, low serial number 8. $85

AUGUSTA. 1860. $5 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-23. Liberty and Commerce, harbor in background. Very Fine. Serial 334. $75

AUGUSTA. 1852. $10 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550--31. Eagle and shield. Harrison at L. Very Fine. Serial 5880. $55

AUGUSTA. 1860. $10 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-32. Horses get attention. ABNCo red & black beauty. Extremely Fine. Machine serial 2000. $125

AUGUSTA. 1860. $20 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-42. Justice seated on cotton bale. Lovely ABNCo red & black. Very Fine. Machine serial 647. $150

AUGUSTA. 1837. $50 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-50. Neptune rules the seas. GA35-G42. Fine. Serial 4295. $65

AUGUSTA. 1836. $100 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA1550-70. Truth holds high her torch. Very Fine. Serial 2942. $100

AUGUSTA. 1861. $3 The Augusta Savings Bank. GA1630-15. America as Indian Princess. Vintage fire equipment. About Uncirculated, embossing evident. $200

AUGUSTA. 1861. $4 The Augusta Savings Bank. GA1630-24. Vintage fire engine. Indian with tomahawk at left. Extremely Fine. $185

AUGUSTA. $1 The Mechanics Bank. GA1730-05. Majestic eagle on tree branch. Washington at L. About Uncirculated. Serial 4239. $140

AUGUSTA. 1858. $2 The Mechanics' Bank. GA1730-10. Mechanic rests at anvil. Martha Washington at L. Very Fine. Serial 4482. $60

AUGUSTA. 1861. $10 The Mechanics' Bank. GA1730-30. Eagle, riverboat in background. Indian at ends. Very Fine. Serial 603. $50

AUGUSTA. 1852. $50 The Mechanics' Bank. GA1730-51. Ancient Train at center. RWH&E imprint. Choice About uncirculated, few pinholes. Serial 332. $95


AUGUSTA. 1853. $1000 The Mechanics Bank. GA1730-80. The mythological Hermes (or Mercury), Messenger of the Gods, watches a ship. Close to Very Fine, with a pinholes that account for its survival. Serial 33. $600


AUGUSTA. 1854. $50 The Union Bank. GA1770-50. Liberty and Justice. Ornate red back. Fine, looks even better. Serial 841. $100

AUGUSTA. 1854. $100 The Union Bank. GA1770-70. Liberty draped in flag. Ornate red back. Better than Fine. Serial 637. $150

COLUMBUS. 1856. $10 The Bank of Columbus. GA3150-30. Mother and children picnic. Red protectors. Very Fine. Serial 3893. $150

COLUMBUS 1850. $5 The Manufacturers' and Mechanics Bank. GA3560-20. Five gold dollars. Red "FIVE". Fine. Serial 3413. $100

COLUMBUS 1850. $10 The Manufacturers' and Mechanics Bank. GA3560-30. Mechanic with his tools. Red "TEN". Very Fine. Serial 3787. $150

COLUMBUS 18_. $10 The Phoenix Bank. GA3810-30. Liberty and shield at C, Greek head at L. Very Fine. $135

COLUMBUS 1842. $20 The Phoenix Bank. GA3810-40. Mercury delivers coins to Commerce. Choice Uncirculated, a beauty. Serial 1150. $175

COLUMBUS 1846. $5 The Bank of St Mary's. GA3910-25. Commerce and Ceres. Red "FIVE". Two tiny punch cancels. Fine. Serial 4703 $150

COLUMBUS 1846. $10 The Bank of St Mary's. GA3910-30. Peace with eagle and olive branch. Red "TEN". Fine. Serial 7478. $175

GREENSBOROUGH 1858. $5 Bank of Greensborough. GA7210-25. Sheep are sheared, logs are felled, grain is gathered. Engraved signatures. Extremely Fine. Machine serial 2290. $200

MACON. 1845. $50 Commercial Bank of Macon. GA9570-50. Indian and Navigator flank seal. Very Fine. Serial 114. $600

MACON. 1840. $20 The OCMULGEE Bank. GA10130-40. Freighter wagon contrasts with Paddlewheeler. Very Fine. Serial 43. $75

MACON. 1831. $10 Bank of Macon. GA9510-31. Julius Caesar. Very Fine. Serial 724. $175

MACON. 1831. $20 Bank of Macon. GA9510-41. Busts at ends. Better than Very Fine. Serial 114. $200

MACON. 1863. $1 Georgia Savings Bank. GA9660-05. Cattle take it easy. Red "ONE". Fine. Serial 2609. $100

MACON. 1863. $5 Georgia Savings Bank. GA9660-25. Commerce seated. Red "V" and "FIVE". About Uncirculated. Serial 4210. $195

MACON. 1862. $2 The Manufacturers' Bank. GA9960-11. Green overlace. ABNCo product. Livestock get attention. Better than Fine. Serial 1873. $135

MACON. 1862. $3 The Manufacturers' Bank. GA9960-15. Ceres, Commerce and Agriculture confer. Fine. Serial 954. $150

MACON. 1862. $5 The Manufacturers' Bank. GA9960-25. Green overlace. ABNCo product. Victory soars with eagle. Very Fine. Serial 1613. $150

RISING FAWN. 1881. 10 cents. Rising Fawn Furnace. GA10910-010. Colorful red and green. Punch cancel, Uncirculated. $125

RISING FAWN. 1875. $1. Rising Fawn Iron Company. GA10950-05. Cattle, deer, train. Red "ONE". Very Fine. $150

ROME 18_. $20 Bank of the Empire State. GA12530-40. Train, State arms. Lovely full-tint Proof. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. $500

SAVANNAH 1860. $10 The Farmers' & Mechanics Bank. GA12840-30. Cattle drink, children play. John Calhoun at LR. ABNCo product. Fine or better with a few pinholes. $70

SAVANNAH 1860. $50 The Farmers & Mechanics Bank. GA12840-50. ABNCo. Sailor and anchor. Fine - Very Fine. Serial 723. $225

SAVANNAH 1856. $10 Merchants and Planters Bank. GA12970-30. Red "TEN". Ceres amidst the harvest. Very Fine. $80

SAVANNAH 1856. $20 Merchants and Planters Bank. GA12970-40. Red "XX". Ceres and Liberty. Very Fine. $100

SAVANNAH 1859. $50 Merchants and Planters Bank. GA12970-50. Horses flank state arms. Red "FIFTY". Fine, tiny edge break. $100

SAVANNAH 1856. $100 Merchants and Planters Bank. GA12970-70. Red "100". Fine. $135

SAVANNAH 1860. $5 The Planters Bank of the State of Georgia. Liberty and Ceres. GA13020-20. PCGS Extremely Fine 40. Serial 232. $125

SAVANNAH 1861. $1 The Bank of the State of Georgia. ABNCo. Maidens watch cotton field workers. Red overprint. GA3120-04. Strong Fine, serial 358. $100

SAVANNAH 1860. $5 The Bank of the State of Georgia. Monument and building. GA3120-25. Fine - Very Fine. Serial 604. $110

SAVANNAH 1860. $5 The Bank of the State of Georgia. Monument and building. "PAID/ 25 PR:CT/ GOLD". GA3120-25. Very Fine - Extremely Fine. Serial 19. $150

SAVANNAH 1860. $10 The Bank of the State of Georgia. Monument and building. "PAID/ 25 PR:CT/ GOLD" GA3120-30. Very Fine. Serial 851. $150

SAVANNAH $2 The Timber Cutter's Bank. GA13180-10. "Aunty". Green tint. Fine. $175

SAVANNAH 1859. $10 The Timber Cutter's Bank. GA13180-30. "The Twins" . Green tint. ABNCo. Very Fine. $175