TENNESSEE 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


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


BENTON, 1863. $2 County of Polk. On yellow paper with choo-choo vignette. Garland 1350. Uncirculated. $135

BENTON, 1863. $3 County of Polk. On yellow paper with choo-choo vignette. Garland 1351. About Uncirculated. $110


CHATTANOOGA. 33 & 1/3 cent "Meal Ticket" of the Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad Company. Ducks R Us! Blue "33 1/3". Choice Uncirculated. $395


CLARKSVILLE. 18_. $5 Bank of America. State Arms at center. Red "FIVE". Garland 136. About Uncirculated, with a tiny corner flaw. $195

KNOXVILLE. 1855. $50 Citizens Bank of Nashville & Memphis, Knoxville Branch. Garland 453. Indian princess seated next to shield/flags. Better than Very Fine, lovely. $1250

LAWRENCEBURG. 1861. $10 The Lawrenceburg Bank. Gorgeous ABNCo product in red and black. Garland 504. Choice Uncirculated. $450

MEMPHIS. 1854. $5 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. Red "FIVE". Indian, Cherubs, Hunter, and Five Type 1 Gold Dollars. Garland 641. About Uncirculated. $125

MEMPHIS. 1854. $5 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. Red "FIVE". Indian, Cherubs, Hunter, and Five Type 1 Gold Dollars. Garland 643. About Uncirculated, one punch cancel. $120

MEMPHIS. 1854. $5 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. Blue "FIVE". Indian, Cherubs, Hunter, and Five Type 1 Gold Dollars. Garland 645. Extremely Fine. $125

MEMPHIS. 1854. $50 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. Justice watches scales. Red "FIFTY" on back. Garland 658. Crisp Uncirculated, irregular trim at bottom. $150

MEMPHIS. 1854. $100 The Farmers and Merchants Bank. Cherub, Dog and Safe at L. Washington at C. Riverboat at R. Red "HUNDRED" on back. T C C & Co watermark. Garland 660. Choice Uncirculated. $595

MEMPHIS. 1854. $10 The Mechanics Bank of Memphis. Giant lathe, foundry scene. Green "X". Garland 695. Crisp Uncirculated, impressive note. Serial 311. $150

MEMPHIS. 1852. $5 The Memphis Savings Institution. Liberty teaches cherub artist. Garland 729. About Uncirculated. $250

NASHVILLE, 1855. $20 The Central Bank. Liberty and Eagle. Magnificent vignettes. Garland 928. Choice Uncirculated $375

NASHVILLE. March 1, 1856. $5 Bank of the Union. Jackson with cannon and flags. Garland 907. Red "5 5". Fine. $250