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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. TN35-10. On yellow paper with choo-choo vignette. Garland 1350. Uncirculated. $150

BENTON, 1863. $3 County of Polk. TN35-15. On yellow paper with choo-choo vignette. Garland 1351. About Uncirculated. $110

CHATTANOOGA 1855. $3 Bank of East Tennessee. TN530-15. Chattanooga Branch. State seal. Very Fine, serial 799. $125

CHATTANOOGA, 1860. $100 Bank of Chattanooga. TN160-71. Garland 116. Battle of New Orleans - an heroic vignette. Red overprint. ABNCo. PMG Very Fine 20. Serial 1264. $695

CHATTANOOGA, 1861. 15 cents. Corporation of Chattanooga. TN175-015. Bogus contemporary issue with Confederate flag on back. About Uncirculated. $125

CLARKSVILLE. 18_. $5 Bank of America. TN210-25. State Arms at center. Red "FIVE". Garland 136. About Uncirculated, with a tiny corner flaw. $195

CLARKSVILLE. 18_. $5 Bank of America. TN210-25. State Arms at center. Jackson left. Orange microprint. Extremely Fine. $250

KNOXVILLE. 1853. $5 Bank of East Tennessee. TN530-26. Red back. Liberty at left. Angel blesses Ceres and Navigation. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 719. $325

KNOXVILLE. 1855. $50 Citizens Bank of Nashville & Memphis, Knoxville Branch. TN1050-50. Garland 453. Indian princess seated next to shield/flags. Better than Very Fine, lovely. $1250

LAWRENCEBURG. 1861. $10 The Lawrenceburg Bank. TN860-30. Gorgeous ABNCo product in red and black. Garland 504. Choice Uncirculated. $450

MEMPHIS. 1855. $5 Citizens Bank of Nashville & Memphis. TN1050-25. Garland 588. Liberty, eagle and shield. Jackson at right. Very Fine. Serial 8230. $250

MEMPHIS. 1854. $5 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. TN1090-25. 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. TN1090-25. Red "FIVE". Indian, Cherubs, Hunter, and Five Type 1 Gold Dollars. Uncirculated, serial 3903. $150

MEMPHIS. 1854. $5 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. TN1090-25. Blue "FIVE". Indian, Cherubs, Hunter, and Five Type 1 Gold Dollars. Garland 645. Extremely Fine. $125

MEMPHIS. 1854. $50 The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. TN1090-50. Justice watches scales. Red "FIFTY" on back. Garland 658. Crisp Uncirculated, irregular trim at bottom. $150

MEMPHIS. 1854. $100 The Farmers and Merchants Bank. TN1090-70. 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. TN1210-30. Giant lathe, foundry scene. Green "X". Garland 695. Crisp Uncirculated, impressive note. Serial 311. $150

MEMPHIS. 1852. $5 The Memphis Savings Institution. TN1240-25. Liberty teaches cherub artist. Garland 729. About Uncirculated. $250

NASHVILLE. March 1, 1856. $5 Bank of the Union. TN1835-25. Jackson with cannons and flags. Garland 907. Red "5 5". Fine. $250