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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


BATON ROUGE. 1862. $5 State of Louisiana. Criswell 10. Green back. South strikes down the North. Very Fine, lopsided trim. $65

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $100 State of Louisiana. Criswell 11. State Capitol. General Moore at L. Green back. Very Fine. $225

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $50 State of Louisiana. Criswell 12. General Leonadis Polk. Liberty at R. Green back. Extremely Fine. $165

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $50 State of Louisiana. Criswell 12. General Leonadis Polk. Liberty at R. Green back. Uncirculated. $350

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $20 State of Louisiana. Criswell 13. General Beauregard. Blue back. Choice About Uncirculated with generous margins. $225

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $5 State of Louisiana. Criswell 14. South strikes down Union. Green back. Very Fine. $60

SHREVEPORT. 1864. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 15. Sailing ship. Choice Uncirculated. $90

SHREVEPORT. 1864. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 16. Washington at L. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 8346. $70

SHREVEPORT. 1864. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 17. Commerce at shore with bales. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 3998. $95

SHREVEPORT. 1864. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 17. Commerce at shore with bales. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 8346. $100

SHREVEPORT. 1864. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 18. Riverboat. Very Fine. Serial 7304. $50

SHREVEPORT. 1864. 50 cents. State of Louisiana. Fort, ships. Criswell 21. About Uncirculated. Serial 7564. $60

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Red serial numbers. Criswell 29. Uncirculated, with two small punch cancels. $18

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Red serial numbers. Criswell 29. Uncirculated. Serial 87835. $16

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Red serial numbers. Criswell 29. Uncirculated. Serial 87836. $16

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Red serial numbers. Criswell 29. Uncirculated. Serial 87837. $16

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Red serial numbers. Criswell 29. Crisp Uncirculated. $20

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Green serial numbers. Criswell 29A. Crisp About Uncirculated. $20

NEW ORLEANS. 1866. $5 State of Louisiana. "Baby Bond". Green serial numbers. Criswell 29A. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 107847. $25


PARISH, CITY, BANK AND MERCHANT ISSUES


POINT COUPÉE. 1862. $3. Parish of Point Coupée. LA490-15. Black print. Farm implements and crops. About Uncirculated. $170

ST MARTINSVILLE. 1862. $5 Parish of St Martins. LA630-25. Red "FIVE". Arm and hammer. Uncirculated. $350


BATON ROUGE. 1862. $1. City of Baton Rouge. LA890-05. Printed on backs of Texas notes. Very Fine. Serial 1155. $250

BATON ROUGE. 1862. $1. City of Baton Rouge. LA890-06. Commerce on shore. Green "ONE". Fine. $185

FRANKLIN. 1862. 25 cents. Scrip of Marcus Walker. LA1170-025. Steamboat vignette with blue eagle overprint. Fine. Striking. $150

NEW ORLEANS. $1 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-05. Ship, sailor and Cyrus McCormick. Choice Uncirculated. Black beauty. $50

NEW ORLEANS. $1 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-05. Ship, sailor and Cyrus McCormick. Gem Uncirculated. Black beauty. $60

NEW ORLEANS. $2 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-10. Commerce, sailors and Cyrus McCormick. Wonderful ABNCo vignettes. Gem Uncirculated. $75

NEW ORLEANS. $3 Citizens' Bank. Hunters, dogs and deer. Choice About Uncirculated. $60

NEW ORLEANS. $5 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-20. Liberty spreads wealth. Cobalt blue back. Choice Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. $5 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. LA1430-25. Sailor spins a tale. Green "V"s. ABNCo. Brilliant red back. Choice Uncirculated. $75


NEW ORLEANS. $10 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. LA1430-30. The famous "DIX" note which, legend has it, gave "Dixie" its name. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64EPQ. $750


NEW ORLEANS. $20 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-40. French and English text. Green "TWENTY". Gem Uncirculated. $110

NEW ORLEANS. $100 Citizens' Bank. LA1430-70. Choice Uncirculated. Ornate back. $75

NEW ORLEANS. 1842. $10 City Bank. LA1435-30. Zeus left, Indian archer right. Blue back. Very Good, another. $200

NEW ORLEANS. 1842. $10 City Bank. LA1435-30. Zeus left, Indian archer right. Blue back. Very Good. $250

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $1 Louisiana State Bank. LA1490-05. Overprinted "Redeemable in Confederate Notes" in red. Uncirculated. $225

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $5. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-20. Brown print, with Franklin at L. Uncirculated. $40

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $5. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-20. Brown print, with Franklin at L. Choice Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $5. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-20. Brown print, with Franklin at L. Gem Uncirculated. $65

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $5. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-25. Washington at L, Lafayette at R. Beautiful back. Choice Uncirculated. $40

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-30. Washington and Franklin facing each other among the cherubs. Red back with eagle. Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-31. Bank building at C. Eagle at L. Red back. About Uncirculated. $40

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-31. Bank building at C. Eagle at L. Red back. Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-31. Bank building at C. Eagle at L. Red back. Choice Uncirculated. $60

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. PMG Gem Uncirculated 66EPQ. $200

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. There were relatively few of these in the gigantic sheet hoard. Virtually unimprovable. PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ. $350

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. Choice Uncirculated. Pos A. $110

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. Choice Uncirculated. Pos B. $110

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. Uncirculated, tiny age spot at top. Pos C. $100

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-32. Majestic eagle and shield. Red overlace. Choice Uncirculated. Pos D. $110

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $10. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-33. Greek heads. Payable at Bank of America, New York. Uncirculated. $65

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $20. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-41. Proserpina seated. Riverboat at R. Blue "20". Slate back. Choice Uncirculated. $60

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $20. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-42. Angels with "20". Red back. Choice Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $20. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-43. Ceres, Commerce, and liberty talk shop. Brilliant deep red back. Gem Uncirculated. $60

NEW ORLEANS. $50. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-55. Commerce on bales at dock. Magnificent artistry. Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. $50. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-55. Commerce on bales at dock. Magnificent artistry. Choice Uncirculated, another. $70

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $100. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-70. Sailing ships. Blue "100". Slate back. About Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $100. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-71. Sailor seated beside bales, "HUNDRED" below. Uncirculated. $95

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $100. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-072. Washington at L. Riverboat "ETIWAN" awaits cargo. About Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. $1000. Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-80. Ocean-going steamboat. Magnificent back. Blue "M". About Uncirculated, with minor translucency. $395

NEW ORLEANS. $1000. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-82. Commerce and Liberty. Magnificent back. About Uncirculated, one broad corner fold. $295

NEW ORLEANS. $1000. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA1570-82. Commerce and Liberty. Magnificent back. Crisp Uncirculated. $350

NEW ORLEANS. $1 D. J. Hockersmith & Co. LA2310-05. America dances on globe. Very Fine. Serial 2820. $325

SHREVEPORT. 1860. $5 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Branch at Shreveport. LA3910-25. ABNCo product with green overprint, zillions of "FIVE"s. Choice Uncirculated. $65

SHREVEPORT. 18_. $10 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Branch at Shreveport. LA3910-30. ABNCo product with green overprint and brilliant orange back. Crisp Uncirculated. Serial 839. $75

SHREVEPORT. 18_. $20 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Branch at Shreveport. LA3910-40. Magnificent ABNCo product with green overprint and orange back. Crisp Uncirculated with a tiiny tear at the UR corner. $50