GEORGIA 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


MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $100 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Sailor at L & R. Criswell-1. Choice About Uncirculated. $85

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. $20 The State of Georgia. Ceres at C. Criswell-3A. Crisp Uncirculated. $110

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

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

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1862. $5 The State of Georgia. Oglethorpe. Criswell-5. Crisp Uncirculated. $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, $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. About Uncirculated. $24

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. $595

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

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

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $50 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-22. Fine, roughness at top. $30

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $50 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-22. Crisp Uncirculated. $175

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $20 The State of Georgia. Moneta and chest. Criswell-23. Green seal. Extremely Fine. $45

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

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

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

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

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $2 The State of Georgia. Ocean-going steamship. Criswell-29. Crisp Uncirculated. $95

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $2 The State of Georgia. Ocean-going steamship. Criswell-29. Gem Uncirculated, exceptional. $150

MILLEDGEVILLE. 1864. $1 The State of Georgia. Choo-choo does its thing. Criswell-30. Crisp Uncirculated. $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. Sheep shearing. Color proof from ABNCo archives sale. $795


ATLANTA. 1863. $5 Mechanics Savings Bank. Semi-nude Indian maiden steps from canoe. Red protectors. PMG Choice Fine 15. $75

ATLANTA. 1863. $5 Mechanics Savings Bank. Semi-nude Indian maiden steps from canoe. Red protectors. About Uncirculated. $175

AUGUSTA. 1863. 10 cents. Bank of Augusta. Red and black. GA30-G142. About Uncirculated. $40

AUGUSTA. 1863. 25 cents. Bank of Augusta. Red and black. GA30-G144. Crisp Uncirculated. $50

AUGUSTA. 1863. 50 cents. Bank of Augusta. Red and black. GA30-G146. Crisp Uncirculated. $50

AUGUSTA. 1863. 75 cents. Bank of Augusta. Red and black. GA30-G148. Printed on recycled notes. About Uncirculated. $45

AUGUSTA. 18_. $1 Bank of Augusta. Liberty, shield, and eagle. Columbus at R. GA30-G26. About Uncirculated, stamp hinge remnant on back. $40

AUGUSTA. 18_. $1 Bank of Augusta. Liberty, shield, and eagle. Columbus at R. GA30-G26. Uncirculated. $75

AUGUSTA. 1858. $10 Bank of Augusta. Knowledge contemplates. GA30-G80. About Uncirculated. $75

AUGUSTA. 18_. $10 Bank of Augusta. General Greene and Oglethorpe. GA30-G82. Extremely Fine. $65

AUGUSTA. 1836. $20 Bank of Augusta. Gov Jackson L, Oglethorpe R. GA30-G96. Uncirculated, signed note. $65

AUGUSTA. 1832. $20 Bank of Augusta. James Madison at R. GA30-G98. Uncirculated. $85

AUGUSTA. 1832. $50 Bank of Augusta. Ceres with Greek head below. GA30-G104. About Uncirculated. $60

AUGUSTA. 18_. $50 Bank of Augusta. Eagle with wings spread. GA30-G108. About Uncirculated. $75

AUGUSTA. 18_. $100 Bank of Augusta. Agriculture admires cotton plant. GA30-112. Uncirculated. $85

AUGUSTA. 1862. $1 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Pat Lyon at his forge. Greek heads. About Uncirculated. $125

AUGUSTA. 1861. $2 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Carpenter works under scrutiny. ABNCo red & black. Very Fine. $75

AUGUSTA. 1852. $5 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Washington at L. Very Fine. $50

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

AUGUSTA. 1852. $10 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Eagle and shield. Harrison at L. Very Fine. $55

AUGUSTA. 1860. $10 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. GA35-G30. Horses get attention. ABNCo red & black beauty. Extremely Fine. Machine serial 2000. $125

AUGUSTA. 1850. $20 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Declaration of Independence. GA35-G36. Fine, tiny punch cancel. $65

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

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

AUGUSTA. 1836. $100 Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Truth holds high her torch. GA35-G50. Very Fine. $100

AUGUSTA. 1863. 75 cents. Augusta Insurance and Banking Co. Eagle. Red & black. GA35-G88. About Uncirculated. $45

AUGUSTA. 1856. $1 The City Bank. Shepherd watches his flock. Green "ONE". GA50-G2B. Almost Very Fine, with signs of mounting. Serial 1520. $125

AUGUSTA. 1861. $2 The City Bank. GA50-G4b. Green overprint. St George slays dragon, and other great vignettes! Fine, small tear at upper left. Serial 6764. $150

AUGUSTA. $1 The Mechanics Bank. Majestic eagle on tree branch. Washington at L. GA60-G5. About Uncirculated. Serial 4239. $140

AUGUSTA. 1858. $2 The Mechanics' Bank. Mechanic rests at anvil. Martha Washington at L. GA60-G8. Very Fine. Serial 4482. $60

AUGUSTA. 1861. $10 The Mechanics' Bank. Eagle, riverboat in background. GA60-G20. Indian at ends. Very Fine. Serial 603. $50

AUGUSTA. 1852. $50 The Mechanics' Bank. Ancient Train at center. RWH&E imprint. GA60-G32a. Choice About uncirculated, few pinholes. Serial 332. $95

AUGUSTA. 1854. $100 The Mechanics' Bank. Nude Venus in clouds. Neptune at R. GA60-G38a. Hammer cancel, foxing. Fine. Serial 281. $60


AUGUSTA. 1853. $1000 The Mechanics Bank. GA60-G46. The mythological Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, watches a ship. Close to Very Fine, with a pinholes that account for its survival. Serial 33. $595


AUGUSTA. 1863. 10 cents. The Mechanics Bank. Red and black print. GA60-G62. Fine. $30

AUGUSTA. 1861. 20 cents. The Augusta Savings Bank. Ruler, square and triangle. Red overprint. Managers list on back. Very Good. $20

AUGUSTA. 1861. 75 cents. The Augusta Savings Bank. Cattle drive. Red overprint. Managers list on back. Very Good. $20

AUGUSTA. 1861. $3 The Augusta Savings Bank. America as Indian Princess. Vintage fire equipment. About Uncirculated, embossing evident. $195

AUGUSTA. 1861. $4 The Augusta Savings Bank. Vintage fire engine. Indian with tomahawk at left. Better than Very Fine. $165

AUGUSTA. 1854. $50 The Union Bank. Liberty and Justice. Ornate red back. GA70-G12. Fine, looks even better. Serial 841. $100

AUGUSTA. 1854. $100 The Union Bank. Liberty draped in flag. Ornate red back. GA70-G14. Better than Fine. Serial 637. $150

COLUMBUS. 1856. $10 The Bank of Columbus. GA105-G40a. Child brings bird nest to Mother. Red "TEN" Fine, back has faded. Serial 9118. $50

COLUMBUS. 1856. $10 The Bank of Columbus. GA105-G40b. Mother and children picnic. Red counters, blank back. Very Fine. Serial 3893. $150

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

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

COLUMBUS 18_. $10 The Phoenix Bank. Liberty and shield at C, Greek head at L. GA130-G8. Very Fine. $135

COLUMBUS 1842. $20 The Phoenix Bank. Mercury delivers coins to Commerce. GA130-G10. Choice Uncirculated, a beauty. Serial 1150. $175

COLUMBUS 1846. $5 The Bank of St Mary's. Commerce and Ceres. GA265-G36a. Red "FIVE". Two tiny punch cancels. Fine. Serial 4703 $150

COLUMBUS 1846. $10 The Bank of St Mary's. Ceres with Eagle. GA265-G38a. Red "TEN". Fine. Serial 7478. $175

GREENSBOROUGH, 1858. $5 Bank of Greensborough. Sheep are sheared, logs are felled, grain is gathered. Engraved signatures. GA165-G6d. Extremely Fine. Machine serial 2290. $175

MACON. 1845. $50 Commercial Bank of Macon. Indian and Navigator flank seal. GA190-G16. Very Fine. Serial 114. $450

MACON. 1831. $10 Bank of Macon. Napoleon Bonaparte. GA195-G22. Very Fine. Serial 724. $175

MACON. 1831. $20 Bank of Macon. GA195-G26. Busts at ends. Better than Very Fine. Serial 114. $200

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

MACON. 1863. $5 Georgia Savings Bank. Ceres. Red "V" and "FIVE". About Uncirculated. Serial 4210. $195

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

MACON. 1862. $3 The Manufacturers' Bank. Ceres, Commerce and Agriculture confer. GA200-G14a. Fine. Serial 954. $150

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


RINGGOLD. 18_. $5 The North Western Bank. Battlefield scene. Large red "V". ABNCo Proof. Breathtaking! $600


RISING FAWN. 1875. $1. Rising Fawn Iron Company. Cattle, deer, train. Red "ONE". Very Fine. $110

RISING FAWN. 1881. 10 cents. Rising Fawn Furnace. Colorful red and green. Punch cancel, Uncirculated. $110

ROME 18_. $20 Bank of the Empire State. Train, State arms. Lovely full-tint Proof. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. $450

SAVANNAH 1860. $10 The Farmers' & Mechanics Bank. GA290-G8a. Cattle drink, children play. John Calhoun at LR. ABNCo product. Fine or better with a few pinholes. $60

SAVANNAH 1860. $50 The Farmers & Mechanics Bank. GA290-G12a. ABNCo. Sailor and anchor. Fine - Very Fine. Serial 723. $150

SAVANNAH 1864. 50 cents. The Mechanics Savings & Loan Assoc. "FIFTY CENTS" at L. Tiny vignette at bottom. Crisp Uncirculated. $30

SAVANNAH 1856. $10 Merchants and Planters Bank. Red "TEN". GA315-10A. Ceres amidst the harvest. Very Fine. $50

SAVANNAH 1856. $20 Merchants and Planters Bank. Red "XX". GA315-12A. Ceres and Liberty. Very Fine. $60

SAVANNAH 1859. $50 Merchants and Planters Bank. Horses flank state arms. Red "FIFTY". GA315-14A. Fine, tiny edge break. $75

SAVANNAH 1856. $100 Merchants and Planters Bank. Red "100". GA315-16A. Fine. $135

SAVANNAH 1856. $100 The Bank of the State of Georgia. Ceres at left, sailing ship at right. Red back. GA330-G68b. Captivating note. Fine. $175

SAVANNAH $2 The Timber Cutter's Bank. Mother and child. Green tint. Fine. $175

SAVANNAH 1859. $10 The Timber Cutter's Bank. Commerce and Harvest. Green overlace. ABNCo. Very Fine. $175