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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


COLUMBIA March 2, 1872. Criswell 2. Sheheen 6. $10 State of South Carolina, Green overprint. Train at L. Choice Uncirculated. $50

COLUMBIA March 2, 1872. Criswell-5. Sheheen 12. $5 State of South Carolina, Revenue Bond Scrip. General Marion's "Sweet Potato Dinner". ABNCo. Gem Uncirculated, serial 4639. $100

COLUMBIA March 2, 1872. Criswell-5. Sheheen 12. $5 State of South Carolina, Revenue Bond Scrip. General Marion's "Sweet Potato Dinner". ABNCo. Gem Uncirculated, serial 4382. $110

COLUMBIA March 2, 1872. Cr-6. Sheheen 13. $10 State of South Carolina, Revenue Bond Scrip. "The Rescue". ABNCo. Gem Uncirculated, serial 4382. $110

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-13. Sheheen 16. $1 State of South Carolina, No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. About Uncirculated. Serial 251. $70

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-15. Sheheen 18. $5 State of South Carolina, Sweet Potato Dinner. No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. About Uncirculated. Serial 903. $70

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-15. Sheheen 18. $5 State of South Carolina, Sweet Potato Dinner. No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. About Uncirculated. Serial 786. $75

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-16. Sheheen 19. $10 State of South Carolina, No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. About Uncirculated. Serial 864. $70

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-16. Sheheen 19. $10 State of South Carolina, Uncirculated. Serial 406. $75

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-17. Sheheen 20. $20 State of South Carolina, No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. About Uncirculated with low serial 131. $75

COLUMBIA December 1, 1873. Criswell-18. Sheheen 21. $50 State of South Carolina, No longer rare following the release of the state archive hoard. PCGS Gem New, stamp cancel on back. Serial 1321. $200


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


CHARLESTON. 1858. $5 Bank of Charleston. SC50-20. Sheheen 51. Indian warrior left, famous Indian Princess right. This is ex-Newman with serial number 6, recently removed from a PCGS VF 20 holder (accompanies). $895

CHARLESTON. 1853. $100 Farmers & Exchange Bank. SC65-70. Ships in harbor. Without red protectors. PCGS Very Fine 25. Serial 345. $250

CHARLESTON. 1860. $10. Bank of South Carolina. SC135-30. Sea-going steamship. Red "TEN". Nearly Very Fine. $95

CHARLESTON. 1860. $10 The Bank of South Carolina. SC135-30. Ships at sea. Red "TEN". About Uncirculated. Low serial 56. $195

CHARLESTON. 1862. $20. Bank of South Carolina. SC135-40. Commerce and Justice. Red "TWENTY". Extremely Fine, handsome. $275

CHARLESTON. 1859. $100 The State Bank of South Carolina. SC175-70. Sheheen 455. Orange tint. Very Fine. $550

(CHARLESTON). 1863. 75 cents. Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-675. Watermarked "W T & Co". Sheheen 521. About Uncirculated $45

CHARLESTON. 1862. $1 Bank of the State of South Carolina. Sheheen 547. SC195-06. Wharf scene. Very Fine, cut cancel. Serial 77. $100

CHARLESTON. 1862. $1 Bank of the State of South Carolina. Sheheen 547. SC195-06. Wharf scene. Very Fine, cut cancel. Serial 78. $100


CHARLESTON. 1861. $1 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-06. Sheheen 547. Wharf scene. Baldwin, Adams and Baldwin, Cousland imprints. ABNCo sale Proof. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64. $950


CHARLESTON. 1862. $4 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-24. Sheheen 563. Fort Moultrie. Red "FOUR". Very Fine. $375

CHARLESTON. 18_. $4 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-24. Sheheen 563. Fort Moultrie. Red "FOUR". Proof from ABNCo archives sale. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64. $850

CHARLESTON. 1861. $5 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-26. Sheheen 573. "Sweet Potato Dinner". with Generals Sumter and Green at bottom corners. ANBCo with green overprint and lots of "FIVES"s. Fine, neatly hammer cancelled. $100

CHARLESTON. 1861. $5 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-26. Sheheen 573. "Sweet Potato Dinner". with Generals Sumter and Green at bottom corners. ANBCo with green overprint and lots of "FIVES"s. Uncirculated with circular cut cancel. Serial 2290. $250

CHARLESTON. 1861. $10 Bank of the State of South Carolina. SC195-31. Sheheen 586. "The Rescue". Uncirculated with circular cut cancel. Serial 5301. $250

CHARLESTON. 18_. $2 Office of the South Carolina Rail Road. SC230-10. Sheheen 666. Gold revenue imprinted. Gem Uncirculated, serial #22. $175

CHERAW. 1857. $5 Merchants' Bank of South Carolina at Cheraw. SC310-25. State seal surrounded by Liberty, Victory, and Washington. Green tint. Sheheen 261. Very Fine. $85

CHERAW. 1857. $20 Merchants' Bank of South Carolina at Cheraw. SC310-40. Agriculture and Industry. Green tint. Sheheen 276. Very Fine, sharp note. $195

COLUMBIA. 1873. (2) Two 20-mile Fares. Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Rail Road. SC400-10. Dog's head. Trains left, right. Sheheen 627. Crisp Uncirculated, artistic. $395

COLUMBIA. 1873. (10) Two 100-mile Fares. Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Rail Road. SC400-30. Train flanked by cherubs. Sheheen 629. Crisp Uncirculated, colorful. $395

COLUMBIA. 1864. 50 cents. Keatinge and Ball. SC440-050. Scrip of the Confederacy's primary printer. Very Fine, quite scarce. $200

COLUMBIA. 1864. $2. Keatinge and Ball. SC440-10. Scrip of the Confederacy's primary printer. Very Fine, handsome example. $250

GEORGETOWN. 1856. $10 The Bank of Georgetown. SC475-30. Washington and Franklin hang with cherubs. Orange tint. Sheheen 195. Fine, with a couple of old stamp hinges on back. $100

HAMBURG. 1862. $5 The Bank of Hamburg. SC490-25. Farmer sharpens blade. Red overprint, by ABNCo. Sheheen 227. Extremely Fine, faces up even nicer. Unusually nice for this popular issue. $135

HAMBURG. 1857. $10 The Bank of Hamburg. SC490-30. Farmyard scene. Red overprint. Sheheen 233. Fine - Very Fine. $50

HAMBURG. 1859. $20 The Bank of Hamburg. SC490-40. Liberty and Justice flank shield. Red overtint. Sheheen 242. Extremely Fine. $165

HAMBURG. 1859. $50 The Bank of Hamburg. SC490-50. Sheheen 250. State arms - for Pennsylvania!. Red protectors. Fine. Serial 43. $350

HAMBURG. 1859. $50 The Bank of Hamburg. SC490-50. Sheheen 250. State arms - for Pennsylvania!. Red protectors. Very Fine. Serial 237. $595

UNIONVILLE. 1862. $5 The Cotton Planters Loan Association of the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina. Replicas like this one have serial # 415 at top. They have no collector value. NOT FOR SALE.