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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


RICHMOND 1861. $20 Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 3. Green and Black print. Criswell 3. Extremely Fine, mounting remnants on back. $350

RICHMOND 1861. $20 Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 3. Green and Black print. Criswell 3. Crisp About Uncirculated. $595

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 6. $100 1862. Beautiful orange "C"s. PMG About Uncirculated 55. Serial 219. $275

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 7. $50 1862. Governor Mason at L. Commerce, Navigation, and Harvest at C. Choice About Uncirculated. $195

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 7. $50 1862. Governor Mason at L. Commerce, Navigation, and Harvest at C. Choice About Uncirculated. $200

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 7. $50 1862. Governor Mason at L. Commerce, Navigation, and Harvest at C. Uncirculated with hinge remnants on back. Serial 1836. $225

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 7. $50 1862. Governor Mason at L. Commerce, Navigation, and Harvest at C. Uncirculated. Serial 260. $240

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. Fine - Very Fine. $75

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. Very Fine, but crisp and faces up a grade higher. $120

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. No watermark. About Uncirculated. Serial 7414. $125

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. Green and black beauty. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 3793. $135

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. No watermark. Choice Uncirculated, serial 5521. $160

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 8. $10 1862. No watermark. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64. $195

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 9. $10 1862. Watermarked "TEN". About Uncirculated, green and black beauty. $185

RICHMOND. Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 11. $10 1862. Watermarked TCC&Co [Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co]. Uncirculated. Serial number 7376, position D. $195

RICHMOND. Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 11. $10 1862. Watermarked TCC&Co [Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co]. Choice Uncirculated. Serial number 7376, position B. $210

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 13. $5 1862. Impressive green and black. Very Fine with serial 19607. $55

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 13. $5 1862. Impressive green and black. Very Fine with serial 24147. $60

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 13. $5 1862. Green and black. Extremely Fine Uncirculated. Serial 796. $100

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 13. $5 1862. Green and black beauty. Choice Uncirculated,fresh and crispy. Top quality for this issue. $150

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 17. $1 July 21, 1862. Extremely Fine. $40

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 17. $1 July 21, 1862. About Uncirculated, nice! Serial 187976. $45

RICHMOND. Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 17a. $1 July 21, 1862. Maiden with pail, Governor Letcher. Crisp Uncirculated, nice!. $65


BANK, CITY AND MERCHANT ISSUES


CHATHAM 1861. $20 Bank of Pittsylvania. Washington. John Marshall at right. Green protector. BC30-21. Nearly Very Fine. $350

CLARKSBURG Aug 3, 1815. $10 Virginia Saline Bank. River, bridge and factories. BC40-20. Fine. Serial 2422. $250

ESTILLVILLE. 1865. 50 cents. County of Scott. Crossed rifles. Green "50". CS01-04. Crisp New. $65

ESTILLVILLE. 1865. 50 cents. County of Scott. Tree. Green "50". CS01-05. Crisp New. $65

FAIRMONT. 186_. $1 The Fairmont Bank. BF05-05. Extremely Fine. Liberty with eagle and shield. $125

FRONT ROYAL. 1861. 10 cents. Scrip of G W Jones. Denomination at ends. Extremely Fine. $175

HILLSVILLE 1862. 50 cents, The Hillsville Savings Bank. Red "50". Very Fine, scarce. $185

HILLSVILLE 1862. $1.50. The Hillsville Savings Bank. Red "150". Indian with tomahawk at left. Fine, unusual denomination. $250

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $5 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. BJ10-05. Very Fine, tiny tear at top. $60

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $10 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. BJ10-10. Extremely Fine. $60

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $20 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. BJ10-20. Extremely Fine, jumbo margins. $80

(LAWRENCEVILLE). 1862. 75 cents. The County of Brunswick. Jones/Littlefield CB10-07. Uncirculated, tiny tear in R margin. $50

LEESBURG. New Year's Eve! 1861. 50 cents. The Town of Leesburg, in Virginia. TL05-06. Printed on lined note paper. Uncirculated. $65

LEESBURG. New Year's Eve! 1861. $1. The Town of Leesburg, in Virginia. TL05-07. Printed on lined note paper. About Uncirculated. $65

LEXINGTON. 1861. $1. The Bank of Rockbridge. Blue print. Ancient train. BL15-05. Fine. $65

LUNENBURG. 1862. 15 cents. The County of Lunenburg. Typeset. CL08-02. Extremely Fine, nice. $40

MONASKON. 1868. 25 cents. First National Oyster Bank. State arms, green back. PMG About Uncirculated 55. $250

NORFOLK/PETERSBURG. 1861. $5 The Exchange Bank. Petersburg Branch. Ships in harbor. BN05-28. Extremely Fine. $115


NORFOLK. 1838. $15 The Exchange Bank. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. VA145-G9. PMG Very Good 10, with comment about edge problems. This rare denomination generally seen as a proof. $550


NORFOLK. 1862. $20 The Exchange Bank. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Blank back. Extremely Fine. $235

NORFOLK/CLARKSVILLE. 1856. $50 The Exchange Bank. Clarksville Branch. Washington and Marshall. Red back. BN05-74. Fine. $95

NORFOLK. 1838. $50 The Exchange Bank. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. BN05-74. Fine. $115

NORFOLK. 1857. $50 The Exchange Bank. Lynchburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. BN05-74. Fine. $115

NORFOLK. 1861. $50 The Exchange Bank. Norfolk Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Red back. BN05-75. Extremely Fine. $205

NORFOLK/Petersburg. 1856. $50 The Exchange Bank. Petersburg Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Red back. BN05-75. Very Fine. $155

NORFOLK. 1860. $50 The Exchange Bank. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. BN05-76. Extremely Fine, corner clipped. $75

NORFOLK. 1862. $50 The Exchange Bank. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. BN05-76. Very Fine, a quality example. $175

NORFOLK. 1838. $50 The Exchange Bank. Petersburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. BN05-77. Fine, scrape on back. $90

NORFOLK/SLEXANDRIA. 1850. $100 The Exchange Bank. Alexandria Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Blue back. VA145-G34. All blue backs scarce. In this condition, downright rare. Extremely Fine. $450

NORFOLK/CLARKSVILLE. 1857. $100 The Exchange Bank. Clarksville Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. green back. VA145-G49b. Fine. $165

NORFOLK/LYNCHBURG. 1857. $100 The Exchange Bank. Lynchburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. green back. VA145-G60b. Almost Very Fine. $175

NORFOLK/SALEM. 1861. $100 The Exchange Bank. Salem Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. VA145-100c. Better than Very Fine. $200

NOTTOWAY. 1862. 15 cents. County of Nottoway. CN09-03. Typeset. About New. $60

PETERSBURG. 1862. $1 Bank of the City of Petersburg. Bank building. BP25-05. Very Fine, not cancelled. $75

PHILIPPI. 1861. $5 Bank of Philippi. Washington at C. Green overprint with zillions of "FIVE"s. Fine, classic note. $150

PHILIPPI. 1861. $5 Bank of Philippi. Washington at C. Green overprint with zillions of "FIVE"s. Fine, another. Serial 971. $165

ROMNEY. 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley, Romney Branch. VA255-G36/BW50-47. Aristocrats watch harvest. Fine. $90

WESTON. 18_. $5 Bank of Weston. Superb vignette "The Mill Door". ABNCo. Red tint. VA230-G2a. Very Fine. $350

WELLSBURG. 1856. $10 The North Western Bank of Weston. Farming family at L. Contemporary cft. Fine. $65

RICHMOND. 1862. 50 cents. The City of Richmond. Arrows. TR06-10. About Uncirculated. $30

RICHMOND. 1861. $10 Bank of the Commonwealth. ABNCo. Adoration of Washington. VA170-G4a. Fine, very attractive. $95

RICHMOND. 1861. $1 Farmers Bank of Virginia. Summer romance. BR25-07. Very Fine. $65



RICHMOND. 1862. $1 Bank of Virginia. Greek heads. Portsmouth branch. BR130-15. Fine. $35

RICHMOND. 1862. $2 Bank of Virginia. Ceres and Prosperina soar. Portsmouth branch. BR130-20. Better than Fine. $50

RICHMOND. 1854. $10 Bank of Virginia. Liberty, Harvest, and Commerce. Greek heads. Portsmouth branch. BR130-51. Fine. $40

RICHMOND. 1862. 25 cents. The Commercial Bank. Army camp scene. PR60-170. Very Fine. $75

RICHMOND. 18_. $5 James River and Kanawha Company. Canal boat and train. Washington at L. PR60-468. Crisp About New. $75

ROMNEY. 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley, Romney Branch. VA255-G36/BW50-47. Aristocrats watch harvest. Fine. $90

STAUNTON 1860. $5 Central Bank of Virginia. Red & black ABNCo. BS20-21. Very Good. $65

STAUNTON 1860. $10 Central Bank of Virginia. Red & black ABNCo. Horseback rider oversees harvest. BS20-36. Nice Fine. $95

STAUNTON 1860. $20 Central Bank of Virginia. Red & black ABNCo. Milkmaid and cattle. BS20-41. Fine, a handsome note. $100

STAUNTON 1860. $50 Central Bank. Red & black ABNCo. Ceres, Commerce, and Justice. BS20-46. Fine. $125

STAUNTON 1860. $50 Central Bank. Red & black ABNCo. Ceres, Commerce, and Justice. BS20-46. Fine - Very Fine. $135

STAUNTON 1860. $50 Central Bank. Red & black ABNCo. Ceres, Commerce, and Justice. BS20-46. Very Fine. $165

STAUNTON 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley. Family watches harvest. BW50-47. Better than Fine. $85

STEWARTSVILLE 1862. 75 cents. Stewart & Kasey. Eagle on shield. Very Good. $175

WESTON. 18_. $5 Bank of Weston. Superb vignette "The Mill Door". ABNCo. Red tint. VA230-G2a. Very Fine. $350

WELLSBURG. 1856. $10 The North Western Bank of Weston. Farming family at L. Contemporary cft. Fine. $65

WINCHESTER 18_. $2 Bank of the Valley. Jones bw50-11A. About Uncirculated. $75

WINCHESTER 18_. $2 Bank of the Valley. Jones bw50-11A. Crisp Uncirculated. $95

WINCHESTER 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley. Family watches harvest. BW50-47. Fine, pinholes. $85

WINCHESTER 18_. $20 Bank of Winchester. Train on trestle. BW56-20. Extremely Fine, unissued. $155

WYTHEVILLE $10. The South Western Bank of Virginia. "The Twins" (Ceres and Industry). VA270-G4. Better than Fine. $205