LOUISIANA 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


BATON ROUGE. 1862. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 3. Red "ONE". Printed on backs of Texas notes. About Uncirculated. $110

BATON ROUGE. 1862. $1 State of Louisiana. Criswell 8. Green "ONE" and "1". Printed on back of Mississippi notes. Crisp About Uncirculated. $130

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. $150

SHREVEPORT. 1863. $50 State of Louisiana. Criswell 12. General Leonadis Polk. Liberty at R. Green back. Uncirculated. $325

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. Extremely Fine, tiny break at top. Serial 731. $40

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 20. About Uncirculated. Serial 5671. $60

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. Uncirculated. Serial 87838. $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


CITY, PARISH, BANK AND MERCHANT ISSUES


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

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

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

VIDALIA. 1862. $20. Parish of Concordia. Red overprint. Green back. About Uncirculated. $125


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

NEW ORLEANS. 1862. $50 Bank of Louisiana. LA75-G20b. Blue "50". Very Fine. $125

NEW ORLEANS. $1 Citizens' Bank. Ship, sailor and Millard Fillmore. Choice Uncirculated. Black beauty. $35

NEW ORLEANS. $2 Citizens' Bank. Commerce, sailors and Millard Fillmore. Wonderful ABNCo vignettes. Choice Uncirculated. $50

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



NEW ORLEANS. $100 Citizens' Bank. LA15-G46b. Choice Uncirculated. Ornate back. $75

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $100 Citizens' Bank. Maidens adore Washington. Green "HUNDRED". ABNCo. Red back. Choice Uncirculated. $85

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $1000 Citizens' Bank. LA105-G54b. Liberty with cornucopia of coins. Red back. Huge sheet margins on three sides with part of $500 note above. Hinge remnants on back margin. Uncirculated. $595

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $5 New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. LA105-G10. Brown print, with Franklin at L. Choice Uncirculated. $50

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $20. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. Justice seated on strongbox. Riverboat at R. Blue "20". Slate back. Choice Uncirculated. $60

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $50. New Orleans Canal & Banking Co. Victory soars with eagle. Blue "50". Slate back. Crisp Uncirculated. $90

NEW ORLEANS. $50 Canal Bank. LA105-G48a. Commerce on bales at dock. Magnificent artistry. Choice Uncirculated. $70

NEW ORLEANS. $100 Canal Bank. LA106-G60a. Washington at L. Riverboat "ETIWAN" awaits cargo. About Uncirculated. $50

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

NEW ORLEANS. $500 Canal Bank. LA105-G70. Ocean going steamship. Colorful back. Crisp Uncirculated. $295

NEW ORLEANS. $1000 Canal & Banking Co. Ocean-going steamboat. Magnificent back. LA105-G76a0. Blue "M". About Uncirculated, with minor translucency. $395

NEW ORLEANS. $1000 Canal Bank. Commerce and Liberty. Magnificent back. LA105-G80. About Uncirculated, one broad corner fold. $295

NEW ORLEANS. $1000 Canal Bank. Commerce and Liberty. Magnificent back. LA105-G80. Crisp Uncirculated. $350

NEW ORLEANS. 18_. $3 Mechanics & Traders Bank. ABNCo product. Plenty with cornucopia. Green protectors. Extremely Fine. $395

NEW ORLEANS. March 15, 1862. LA3580_025. 25 cents. I L Wilbur. "Office Under St Charles Hotel". Red stagecoach overprint makes this series a collector favorite. Very Fine. Serial 5128. $300

SHREVEPORT. 1860. $5 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Branch at Shreveport. LA15-G60a. ABNCo product with green overprint, zillions of "FIVE"s. Choice Uncirculated. $60

SHREVEPORT. 1860. $50 Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Branch at Shreveport. LA15-G72b. ABNCo product. "Hope" looks seaward as vessel flounders. Choice Uncirculated. $75