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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. Very Fine or better. Serial 784. $295

RICHMOND 1861. $20 Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 3. Green and Black print. Criswell 3. High end Very Fine, great color. Serial 3182. $325

RICHMOND 1861. $20 Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 3. Green and Black print. Criswell 3. About Uncirculated, wonderful color. Serial 4999. $595

RICHMOND 1862. $100 Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 6. Beautiful orange "C"s and impressive vignettes. About Uncirculated and then some. Serial 1897. $275

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 6. $100 1862. Beautiful orange "C"s. PMG About Uncirculated 55. Serial 219. $295

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

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

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

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 7. $50 1862. Governor Mason at L. Commerce, Ceres and Navigation. 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. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 6097. $135

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. Serial 7747. $185

RICHMOND Virginia Treasury Note. Criswell 9. $10 1862. Watermarked "TEN". About Uncirculated, green and black beauty. Serial 10514. $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 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. VA280-40. BC30-21. Washington. John Marshall at right. Green protector. Nearly Very Fine. $350

CLARKSBURG Aug 3, 1815. $10 Virginia Saline Bank. VA340-30. BC40-20. River, bridge and factories. Fine. Serial 2422. $250

ESTILLVILLE. 1865. 50 cents. County of Scott. VA420-050. CS01-05. Tree. Green "50". Uncirculated. $65

ESTILLVILLE. 1865. 50 cents. County of Scott. VA420-050. CS01-04. Firearms. Green "50". Uncirculated. $65

FAIRMONT. 186_. $1 The Fairmont Bank. VA430-05. BF05-05. Extremely Fine. Liberty with eagle and shield. $125

FINCASTLE. 18_. $100. Farmers Bank of Fincastle. VA460-70. Lightning startles horses. These were printed as sheets of one! PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58EPQ. $900

FRANKLIN. April 1, 1863. 25 cents. County of Pendleton. VA520-025. Very Fine and then some. Scarce county scrip. $400

FRONT ROYAL. 1861. 10 cents. Scrip of G W Jones. VA650-010. Denomination at ends. Extremely Fine. $175

HILLSVILLE 1862. 50 cents. The Hillsville Savings Bank. VA830-050. Red "50". Very Fine, scarce. $185

HILLSVILLE 1862. $1.50. The Hillsville Savings Bank. VA830-07. Red "150". Indian with tomahawk at left. Fine, unusual denomination. $250

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $5 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. VA910-25. BJ10-05. Very Fine, tiny tear at top. $60

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $10 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. VA910-30. BJ10-10. Extremely Fine. $60

JEFFERSONVILLE. 18_. $20 Trans-Alleghany Bank of Virginia. VA910-40. BJ10-20. Extremely Fine, jumbo margins. $80

(LAWRENCEVILLE). 1862. 75 cents. The County of Brunswick. VA1010-075. Jones/Littlefield CB10-07. Uncirculated, tiny tear in R margin. $50

LEESBURG. New Year's Eve! 1861. $1. The Town of Leesburg, in Virginia. VA1050-05. TL05-07. Printed on lined note paper. About Uncirculated. $65

LEXINGTON. 1861. $1. The Bank of Rockbridge. VA1120-03. BL15-05. Blue print. Ancient train. Fine. $65

LUNENBURG. 1862. 15 cents. The County of Lunenburg. VA1190-015. CL08-02. Extremely Fine, nice. $40

MONASKON. 1868. 25 cents. First National Oyster Bank. VA1380-025. State arms, green back. PMG About Uncirculated 55. $250

NEWBERN. 1862. $1 The County of Pulaski. VA1470-05. Red "ONE". PMG About Uncirculated 53. $100

NORFOLK/PETERSBURG. 1861. $5 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-25. BN05-28. Petersburg Branch. Ships in harbor. Extremely Fine. $115


NORFOLK. 1838. $15 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-35. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. PMG Very Good 10, with comment about edge problems. This rare denomination generally seen as a proof. $550


NORFOLK. 1862. $20 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-40. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Blank back. Extremely Fine. $235

NORFOLK/CLARKSVILLE. 1856. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-74. Clarksville Branch. Washington and Marshall. Red back. Fine. $95

NORFOLK. 1838. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-74. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. Fine. $115

NORFOLK. 1857. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-74. Lynchburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. Fine. $115

NORFOLK. 1861. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-75. Norfolk Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Red back. Extremely Fine. $200

NORFOLK/PETERSBURG. 1856. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-75. Petersburg Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Red back. Very Fine. $150

NORFOLK. 1860. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-76. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. Extremely Fine, corner clipped. $75

NORFOLK. 1862. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-76. Norfolk Branch. Washington and Marshall. Very Fine, a quality example. $175

NORFOLK. 1838. $50 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-50. BN05-77. Petersburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. Fine, scrape on back. $90

NORFOLK/CLARKSVILLE. 1857. $100 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-70. Clarksville Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. green back. Fine. $165

NORFOLK/LYNCHBURG. 1857. $100 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-70. Lynchburg Branch. Washington and Marshall. Green tint. green back. Almost Very Fine. $175

NORFOLK/SALEM. 1861. $100 The Exchange Bank. VA1510-70. Salem Branch. Indian ponders ruins. Washington and Marshall. Better than Very Fine. $200

NORFOLK. October 16, 1861. 10 cents. Scrip of D C Whitehurst, "In payment for GROCERIES". PN60-88. Very Fine. $275

NOTTOWAY. 1862. 15 cents. County of Nottoway. VA1660-015. CN09-03. Typeset. About New. $60

PETERSBURG. 1862. $1 Bank of the City of Petersburg. VA1760-05. BP25-05. Bank building. Very Fine, not cancelled. $75

PHILIPPI. 1861. $5 Bank of Philippi. VA1790-25. Washington at C. Green overprint with zillions of "FIVE"s. Fine, classic note. $150

PHILIPPI. 1861. $5 Bank of Philippi. VA1790-25. Washington at C. Green overprint with zillions of "FIVE"s. Fine, another. Serial 971. $165

RICHMOND. 1862. 50 cents. The City of Richmond. VA2280-050. TR06-10. Arrows. About Uncirculated. $30

RICHMOND. 1861. $5 Bank of the Commonwealth. VA1960-25. Orange and black beauty by ABNCo. Very Fine. Serial 4696. $100

RICHMOND. 1861. $10 Bank of the Commonwealth. VA1960-30. ABNCo. Adoration of Washington. Fine, very attractive. $95

RICHMOND. 1861. $1 Farmers Bank of Virginia. VA1990-05. BR25-07. Summer romance. Very Fine. $65

RICHMOND. 1862. $1 Bank of Virginia. VA2210-05. BR130-15. Greek heads. Portsmouth branch. Fine. $35

RICHMOND. 1862. $2 Bank of Virginia. VA2210-10. BR130-20. Ceres and Proserpina soar. Portsmouth branch. Better than Fine. $50

RICHMOND. 1854. $10 Bank of Virginia. VA2210-30. BR130-51. Commerce, Agriculture and Liberty. Greek heads. Portsmouth branch. Fine. $40

RICHMOND. 1854. $10 Bank of Virginia. VA2210-30. BR130-51. Commerce, Agriculture and Liberty. Greek heads. Danville branch. Choice About Uncirculated. Serial 3974. $125

RICHMOND. 18_. $5 James River and Kanawha Company. VA2050-25. PR60-468. Canal boat and train. Washington at L. About Uncirculated. $75

ROMNEY 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley. Family watches harvest. VA2990-50. BW50-47. Fine, pinholes. Serial 88. $100

SALEM Dec 1, 1862. 90 cents. County of Roanoke. VA2400-090. Tiny beehive at bottom. Extremely Fine. $125

STAUNTON 1862. $3 Central Bank of Virginia. VA2550-15. Riverboat. Blue print on back of $10 & $20 notes of the same bank. Choice Uncirculated. Serial 412. $150

STAUNTON 1860. $5 Central Bank of Virginia. VA2550-25. BS20-21. Red & black ABNCo. Very Good. $65

STAUNTON 1860. $20 Central Bank of Virginia. VA2550-40. BS20-41. Red & black ABNCo. Milkmaid and cattle. Fine, a handsome note. $100

STAUNTON 1860. $50 Central Bank. VA2550-50. BS20-46. Red & black ABNCo. Ceres, Commerce, and Justice. Fine. $125

STAUNTON 1860. $50 Central Bank. VA2550-50. BS20-46. Red & black ABNCo. Ceres, Commerce, and Justice. Fine - Very Fine. $135

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

WELLSBURG. 1856. $10 The North Western Bank of Virginia. VA2870-30. Farming family at L. Contemporary counferfeit. Fine. $65

WESTON. 18_. $5 Bank of Weston. VA2890-25. Superb vignette "The Mill Door". ABNCo. Red tint. Very Fine. $350

WINCHESTER 1862. $5. Corporation of Winchester. VA3040-25. Farmers debate merits of livestock. Very Fine. Serial 1332. $135


WINCHESTER $6 Farmers Bank of Virginia. Jones BW45-06. Extremely rare though spurious remainder note. Fine. $1000


WINCHESTER 1856. $50 Bank of the Valley. VA2990-50. BW50-47. Family watches harvest. Fine, pinholes. Serial 99. $85

WINCHESTER 18_. $20 Bank of Winchester. VA3020-40. BW56-20. Train on trestle. Extremely Fine, unissued. $150

WYTHEVILLE $10. The South Western Bank of Virginia. VA3170-30. "The Twins" (Agriculture and Industry). Better than Fine. $200