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MISSISSIPPI 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


JACKSON, 1863. $100 State of Mississippi. Criswell 1. Dated 1861, payable 1863. ABNCo quality. Extremely Fine. $595

JACKSON, 1862. $50 State of Mississippi. Criswell 2A. Very Fine. $650

JACKSON, 1862. $100 State of Mississippi. Criswell 14. "Cotton Pledged" in green. Better than Fine. $375

JACKSON, 1862. $20 State of Mississippi. Criswell 11A. Light pink with grey "COTTON PLEDGED". Indians at L. Very Fine, tiny hole at bottom left. $75

JACKSON, 1862. $50 State of Mississippi. Criswell 15. Green "COTTON PLEDGED" overprint. Indian at L, cotton pickers at R. Fine. $75

JACKSON, 1862. $50 State of Mississippi. Criswell 15. Green "COTTON PLEDGED" overprint. Indian at L, cotton pickers at R. Choice About Uncirculated. $295

JACKSON, 1862. $20. State of Mississippi. "COTTON PLEDGED" in green. Criswell 16. Crisp About Uncirculated. $295

JACKSON, 1862. $10. State of Mississippi. "COTTON PLEDGED" in green. Criswell 17. Better than Very Fine. $125

JACKSON, 1862. $3. State of Mississippi. "COTTON PLEDGED" in green. Criswell 19. Better than Fine. $125

JACKSON, 1862. $2.50. State of Mississippi. "COTTON PLEDGED" in blue. Criswell 27. Choice Uncirculated, a beauty. $295

JACKSON, 1862. $1. State of Mississippi. "COTTON PLEDGED" in blue. Criswell 28. About Uncirculated, vivid colors. $195

JACKSON, 1862. $10. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in red. Criswell 30. Very Fine. $50

JACKSON, 1862. $5. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in red. Criswell 31. Crisp Uncirculated, with generous margins. $250

JACKSON, 1862. $50 State of Mississippi. Criswell 33. Red "50". Choice About Uncirculated. Light handling only. $195

JACKSON, 1862. $20. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in red. Criswell 34. About Uncirculated. $125

JACKSON, 1862. $5. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in red. Criswell 36. Very Fine. $85

JACKSON, 1862. $50. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in blue. Criswell 38. Better than Very Fine. $195

JACKSON, 1862. $20. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in blue. Criswell 39. Very Fine. $100

JACKSON, 1862. $10. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in blue. Criswell 40. Better than Fine, vivid color. $75

JACKSON, 1862. $5. State of Mississippi. "Faith of State Pledged" in blue. Criswell 41. Very Fine. $125

MACON, 1864. $3. State of Mississippi. Red "THREE". Criswell 42. Uncirculated, fresh and original. $100

MACON, 1864. $2. State of Mississippi. Sailing ship. Red "TWO". Criswell 43. Very Fine. $50

MACON, 1864. 50 cents. State of Mississippi. Field worker at L. Red "50 Cts". Criswell 45. Choice About Uncirculated. $80

MACON, 1864. 25 cents. State of Mississippi. Cotton bolls. Red "25 Cts". Criswell 46. Very Fine, old (postage) stamp hinges could be removed. $40

MACON, 1864. 25 cents. State of Mississippi. Cotton bolls. Red "25 Cts". Criswell 46. Crisp Uncirculated. $85

MACON, 1864. 25 cents. State of Mississippi. Cotton bolls. Red "25 Cts". Criswell 46. Crisp Uncirculated, another. $90

MACON, 1865. $20. State of Mississippi. Eagle at bottom, Indian maiden at R. Red "20". Green back. Criswell 48. Extremely Fine. $395

JACKSON, 1870. $3. State of Mississippi. Great vignettes, face and back. Criswell 51. About Uncirculated, hole cancel. Serial 38563. $125

JACKSON, 1870. $2. State of Mississippi. Great vignettes, face and back. Criswell 52. About Uncirculated, hole cancel. Serial 5379. $125

JACKSON, 1870. $1. State of Mississippi. Great vignettes, face and back. Criswell 53. Extremely Fine, hole cancel. Serial 32562. $65

JACKSON, 1870. $1. State of Mississippi. Great vignettes, face and back. Criswell 53. About Uncirculated, hole cancel. Serial 37879. $110

JACKSON, 1870. $1. State of Mississippi. Great vignettes, face and back. Criswell 53. About Uncirculated, hole cancel. Serial 3503. $135

JACKSON, 1896. $5. State of Mississippi. Magnificent image of stag's head on back. Criswell 64. Crisp Uncirculated, hole cancel. $125

JACKSON, 1896. $10. State of Mississippi. Magnificent image in brown on back. Criswell 65. Extremely Fine, hole cancel. $200

JACKSON, 1896. $20. State of Mississippi. Special Warrant. Criswell 66. Uncirculated, perforation and hole cancel. $625

JACKSON, 1896. $10. State of Mississippi. State arms at left. Brown back shows cotton field workers. Criswell 67. About Uncirculated hole cancel. $165


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


FAYETTE, 1862. 10 cents. County of Jefferson. Red "TEN CENTS". About Uncirculated. $165

FAYETTE, 1862. 50 cents. County of Jefferson. Blue "50 Cents". About Uncirculated. $150

FAYETTE, 1862. $1. County of Jefferson. Brilliant red "ONE". Uncirculated. $225


JACKSON 1839. $1000. Mississippi Union Bank. Eagle and shield at ends. Tape mends to edge tears. Very Good. $295


NATCHEZ, 1832. $50 Planters Bank. Commerce, Justice at left. Very Fine. $195

NATCHEZ, 1835. $5 The Mississippi Shipping Company. Steamboat "NATCHEZ". Leggett 61. Fine, attractive note. $70