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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. Very Fine. Serial 10108. $125

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. About Uncirculated. $195

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $10 State of Missouri. Criswell 4A, blue paper. Very Fine, signs of old mount on back. Serial 1984. $110

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 6. Extremely Fine, serial 35482. $175

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. State of Missouri. $5 Commerce seated. Riverboat at bottom. Criswell 6. Extremely Fine, serial 15499. $200

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. State of Missouri. $5 Commerce seated. Riverboat at bottom. Criswell 6. Extremely Fine, serial 35428. $200

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, 1862. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10. Very Fine. Serial 908. $195

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10. Very Fine. Serial 902. $195

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10. Very Fine. Serial 904. $200

JEFFERSON CITY, 1862. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10. About Uncirculated, tiny tear. Serial 214. $200

JEFFERSON CITY, 1864. $2 State of Missouri. Green "TWO". Criswell 10C, date changed to 1864. Choice Uncirculated, super. Serial 7848. $395

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. $175

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $100 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 19. Extremely Fine, penciled graffiti on back. $165

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

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $100 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 19. About Uncirculated. $250

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $100 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 19. Choice About Uncirculated. $265

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

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $50 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 20. About Uncirculated, tight trim at top right. $200

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $50 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 20. About Uncirculated, two faint vertical bends. $225

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $50 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 20. Crisp Uncirculated, margins all around. $325

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A, no watermark. Very Fine. $125

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A. Extremely Fine. $135

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A. About Uncirculated. $145

(JEFFERSON CITY), 186_. State of Missouri. $20 Missouri Defence Bond. Criswell 21A. About Uncirculated. $150

(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. MO545-25. Beautiful ABNCo archives proof on india paper. Orange tint, very attractive. $600


St Louis Post Office Notes ....

In nearly fifty years of dealing in paper money I had never seen, let alone owned, any St Louis Post Office notes.

The dispersal of Eric Newman's collection created many opportunities. Here is a group of three denominations in

rather typical condition. Now is your chance.....

ST LOUIS 25 cents. MO1490-025. Signed by A T Crane "Post Master" Good, backed. Serial 259. $250

ST LOUIS 50 cents. MO1490-050. Signed by A T Crane "Post Master" Good - Very Good, backed. Serial 109. $300

ST LOUIS 75 cents. MO1490-075. Signed by A T Crane "Post Master" Good, backed. Serial 177. $250


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