MISSOURI 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


JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $20 State of Missouri. Criswell 2D, blue paper. Very Fine. Serial 9477. $110

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $20 State of Missouri. Criswell 2D, blue paper. Extremely Fine. Serial 1061. $125

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $20 State of Missouri. Criswell 2D, blue paper. Extremely Fine. Serial 9474. $125

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $20 State of Missouri. Criswell 2D, blue paper. About Uncirculated. $195

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $10 State of Missouri. Criswell 4A, blue paper. Choice Uncirculated, lovely. $295

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. State of Missouri. $5 Commerce seated. Riverboat at bottom. Criswell 5B. Extremely Fine. $225

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $3 State of Missouri. Green "THREE". Criswell 9, on back of Bill of Exchange. Uncirculated. Serial 102322. $200

JEFFERSON CITY, 1864. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10C, date changed to 1864. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 7848. $375

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $1 State of Missouri. Red "ONE". Jeff Davis. Criswell 13, on back of Bill of Exchange. Uncirculated. Serial 62605. $260

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $4.50. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 15. Very Fine. $150

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $4.50. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 15. Choice About Uncirculated. $275

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $4.50. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 15. Choice About Uncirculated. $250

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $4.50. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 15. Choice About Uncirculated, even nicer. $260

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $4.50. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 15. Crisp Uncirculated. $395

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $3. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 17. Crisp Uncirculated. $225

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $3. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 17A, the variety without watermark. Crisp Uncirculated. $225

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $1. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 18. Very Fine. $95

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $1. Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 18. Crisp Uncirculated. $165

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $100 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 19. Extremely Fine. $175

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $50 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 20. About Uncirculated. $150

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A, no watermark. Very Fine. $110

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A. About Uncirculated. $165

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A. Uncirculated. $195


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


LEXINGTON 18_. $5 The Farmers Bank of Missouri. ABNCo archives proof on india paper. Orange tint, very attractive. $350

ST LOUIS 18_. $5 The Exchange Bank of St Louis. MO10-G38. Pilot Knob. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. $500

ST LOUIS 18_. $5 The Exchange Bank of St Louis. MO10-G38. Pilot Knob. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. $550