TEXAS 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!!


REPUBLIC ISSUES


AUSTIN 1841. $3 Republic of Texas. A3. Ceres seated by Lone Star. Fine, with small cut out cancel. $350

AUSTIN 1840. $10 Republic of Texas. A5. Jupiter hurls thunderbolt. About Uncirculated. Slash cancels. $450

AUSTIN 1840. $50 Republic of Texas. A7. Nude Venus at left. Very Fine, with triangular COC. $250


STATE ISSUES


AUSTIN 1863. $1 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 4A. Uncirculated. $150

AUSTIN 1863. $2.50 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Blue back. Cr 7. About Uncirculated. $175

AUSTIN 1862. $2.50 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Brilliant Red back. Criswell 8. About Uncirculated. $135

AUSTIN 1862. $2.50 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Brilliant Red back. Cr 8A. Fundable added. Uncirculated. $195

AUSTIN 1863. $3 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 10A. Impressive. Uncirculated. $195

AUSTIN 1862. $5 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Washington at L. Green underprint, white paper. Criswell 12. Extremely Fine. $105

AUSTIN 1863. $5 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 14. Uncirculated. $150

AUSTIN 1862. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Sailing ship at L. Red underprint. Criswell 17. Very Fine or better. These are attractive notes. $130

AUSTIN 1862. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Sailing ship at L. Red underprint. Criswell 17. Extremely Fine. $160

AUSTIN 1862. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Sailing ship at L. Bold Red underprint. Criswell 17. Uncirculated, nice! $150

AUSTIN 1862. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Sailing ship at L. Red underprint. Criswell 17. Choice Uncirculated, a blazer! $225

AUSTIN 1862. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Sailing ship at L. Red underprint. Cr 18. Very Fine. $115

AUSTIN 1863. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Green protector. Criswell 19A. About Uncirculated. $120

AUSTIN 1863. $10 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 20A. Interest rate lowered to six percent, in red ink. About New. $130

AUSTIN 1862. $20 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Criswell 23. Red lace underprint highlights this note. Choice Uncirculated. $350

AUSTIN 1863. $20 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Criswell 25. Green overprint Crisp Uncirculated. $150

AUSTIN 1864. $20 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Criswell 25B. Interest rate lowered to six percent in red. About New. $210

AUSTIN 1864. $20 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 26. About Uncirculated. $150

AUSTIN 1863. $50 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 32A. Green back skewed. Uncirculated. $195

AUSTIN 1862. $100 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Red underprint. Criswell 35. Extremely Fine, pen cancel. $395

AUSTIN 1862. $100 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Red underprint. Criswell 35. About Uncirculated, usual pen cancel. $550

AUSTIN 1863. $100 Treasury Warrant. "Military Service". Criswell 37. Green back. About Uncirculated. $185

AUSTIN 1863. $100 Treasury Warrant. "Civil Service". Criswell 38. Green back. About Uncirculated. $195


BANK, COUNTY, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


BRENHAM 186_. $2 Washington County scrip. Printer labors at L. "TEXAS" in green on back. Red "TWO". Uncirculated $90

MATAGORDA 1862. $1. The County of Matagorda. Very attractive with gold "ONE" and red "ONE DOLLAR". About Uncirculated. $350

MATAGORDA 1862. $2. The County of Matagorda. Very attractive with gold "TWO" and red "TWO DOLLARS". PCGS New 62. $375

NACAGDOCHES 18_. $2. Kelsey H Douglass. Commerce and Plenty. Lone Star at right. Pen cancel. About Uncirculated. $350

NACAGDOCHES 18_. $3. Kelsey H Douglass. Indian archer at left, above Lone Star. Pen cancel. About Uncirculated. $395

NACAGDOCHES 18_. $5. Kelsey H Douglass. Cattle and pigs, Lone Star at right. Pen cancel. About Uncirculated. $395


SAN ANTONIO Oct 9, 1862. 25 cents. Treasurer of Bexar County. Medlar 5. Printed on back of draft of Groesbeck & French. Endorsed on back, "H Wagenfehr, Oct 1, 1883" Very Good. $275