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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


RALEIGH. Oct 6, 1861. $2 "2" in wreath. Criswell 13. About Uncirculated. $40

RALEIGH. Oct 6, 1861. $2 "2" in wreath. Criswell 13. Uncirculated. $55

RALEIGH. Jan. 1862. $100. Agriculture vignette. Printed on back of NC bond. Criswell 74. Very Fine, non-distracting cut cancelled. $950

RALEIGH. Feb 15, 1862. $20. Ceres sounds the news. Criswell 75. About Uncirculated, with generous margins, as-made crinkle and dinky corner fold. $175

RALEIGH. Feb 15, 1862. $20. Ceres sounds the news. Criswell 75. Uncirculated. $250

RALEIGH. March 1, 1862. $20. Ceres sounds the news. Criswell 78A. Red fundable overprint. Choice About Uncirculated, delightful. $275

RALEIGH. March 1, 1862. $20. Ceres sounds the news. Criswell 78A. Red fundable overprint. Choice Uncirculated, about as nice as these come. $400

RALEIGH. Feby 15, 1862. $10. Fast Freight. Criswell 82. Very Fine. $210

RALEIGH. March 1, 1862. $10. Fast Freight. Criswell 84. Very Fine. Serial 1114. $185

RALEIGH. July 1, 1863. $5 Ocean-going steamship. Criswell 87. About Uncirculated. $125

RALEIGH. 1862. 10 cents. State of North Carolina. Criswell 114. Horse drawn plow. Uncirculated. $55

RALEIGH. 1863. $20 State of North Carolina. Criswell 119. Governor Vance. Red "TWENTY". Uncirculated. $175

RALEIGH. 1863. $20 State of North Carolina. Criswell 120. Governor Vance. Watermarked "WHATMAN". Red "TWENTY". Choice About Uncirculated, just a faint diagonal bend. $125

RALEIGH. 1863. $20 State of North Carolina. Criswell 120. Governor Vance. Watermarked "WHATMAN". Red "TWENTY". Uncirculated. Lovely note with good margins. $175

RALEIGH. 1863. $10 State of North Carolina. Criswell 122. Capitol at Raleigh. Red "X TEN". Uncirculated, with as-made creases - call it Extremely Fine. Serial 341. $70

RALEIGH. 1863. $5. State of North Carolina. Criswell 124. Ocean-going steamship, red "Fundable...". Uncirculated. $90

RALEIGH. 1863. $3. State of North Carolina. Criswell 125. Liberty and Ceres. Choice Uncirculated. $100

RALEIGH. January 1, 1863. $1 State of North Carolina. Criswell 132. About Uncirculated. $35

RALEIGH. January 1, 1863. $1 State of North Carolina. Criswell 132. Crisp Uncirculated. $45

RALEIGH. 1863. 25 cents. State of North Carolina. Criswell 139. Proserpina with cornucopia. Uncirculated. $35

RALEIGH. January 1, 1863. 10 cents. State of North Carolina. Beehive. Criswell 147. Very Fine. $30

RALEIGH. 1863. 5 cents. State of North Carolina. Liberty and Peace. Criswell 148. Uncirculated. $40


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


ELIZABETH CITY. 1863. $6 Farmers Bank. Majestic eagle on limb. NC180-26. Contemporary counterfeit, and an excellent one. Very Fine with rumpled edges. $300

FAYETTEVILLE. 1855. $6 Bank of Clarendon. NC260-26. River rafting. Very Good, minor repairs visible on back. $595

FAYETTEVILLE. 1855. $8 Bank of Clarendon. NC260-28. Logging scene. Very Good, minor repairs visible on back. $595

GREENSBORO. 1862. $3 The Farmers Bank of North Carolina. NC350-15. Pennell 730. Red and black beauty from ABNCo. Very Fine. Serial 874. $550

THOMASVILLE 1862. $5. Thomasville Bank. NC790-25. Everything about this note is elegant - vignettes, signatures, condition. About Uncirculated. Serial 709. $3500

WASHINGTON. 18_. $3 Bank of Washington. NC880-15. Workers confer. ABNCo red & black. Uncirculated. $175

WASHINGTON. 18_. $5 Bank of Washington. NC880-25. Commerce, Ceres and Navigation. ABNCo red & black. About Uncirculated. $150

WASHINGTON. 18_. $5 Bank of Washington. NC880-25. Commerce, Ceres and Navigation. ABNCo red & black. Choice Uncirculated. $195

WASHINGTON. 18_. $10 Bank of Washington. NC880-30. Ceres and Commerce adore Washington. Crisp Uncirculated. A magnificent red & black note. $200

WASHINGTON. 18_ $100 Bank of Washington. NC880-70. Green "C". Choice Uncirculated. Magnificent! $750

WASHINGTON. 18_ $100 Bank of Washington. NC880-70. Green "C". PMG Choice Uncirculated 64EPQ. Super note! $795

WILMINGTON . 1855. $9 The Bank of Wilmington. NC980-29. America and eagle view city. Fine+. Serial 2477. $900

WILMINGTON . 1859. $3 The Commercial Bank of Wilmington. NC960-15. Green overprint. Liberty and Eagle. Nearly Very Fine $325