Confederate States of America Currency
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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!!
T2 $500 Montgomery Issue. "The Crossing" by James Smillie. PCGS Very Fine 30, with minor, but expert, repairs. Serial 283. $39,500
T3 $100 Montgomery Issue. PCGS Very Fine 30. The repairs are truly insignificant. A magnificent example. Serial number 1547. $26,500
T4 $50 Montgomery Issue. PMG About Uncirculated 53. Minor repairs noted but not evident. Issued July 5, 1861. A joy! Serial 923. $26,500
T5 $100 Richmond Issue. Southern Bank Note Co. Sept 1861. Criswell 5, PF-1. PCGS Choice New 63PPQ. Serial 2250. $4750
T6 $50 Richmond Issue. Southern Bank Note Co. Sept 1861. Criswell 6, PF-1. PMG Uncirculated 62. Back reads, "Disbursed Sep 22, 1861 Ferdinand Molloy Capt ACS" (Assistant Commissary of Subsistence). Fricke lists Sept 23, 1861 as the last day of issue. Serial 4269. $5250
Large XX (spaces between serifs) Small XX (no spaces)
Cr 55 Letter before Cr 56 Letter above Cr 57 Number above Cr 58 Flourishes
Fricke PF-3 Fricke PF-4 Fricke PF-5 Fricke PF-6
Columbia, S. C. Richmond 3 SERIES
Solid Overprint Coarse Lace Fine Lace
Straight Steam (T39) Diffused Steam (T40)
2) Completely handwritten date and "186" printed date
Scroll 1 Scroll 2 Written date Printed "186"
TREASURY DEPARTMENT SEAL.
Some notes from the 1863 and 1864 issues show an imprinted red seal. This is the Confederate Treasury seal. It was applied to sheets to certify that the notes had been inspected. Usually only a portion of the seal is present and it often is illegible. The central image is a palmetto tree. Along the bottom are the letters "C. S. A.". The words "TREASURY DEPARTMENT" run along the inside border at the sides and top.
T64 $500 1864 General "Stonewall" Jackson with Stars & Bars. Criswell 489, PF-2. PMG Very Fine 35EPQ. From the run with serials that overlap the dark red numbers. Serial 35551. $595T64 $500 1864. General Jackson with Stars & Bars. Criswell 489, PF-2. PMG About Uncirculated 55. Serial 22650. $650
Dark Red: Criswell 489B. PF-3.
T64 $500 1864. General "Stonewall" Jackson with Stars & Bars. Criswell 489B, PF-3, dark red. PCGS Choice About New 58. Serial 38057. $1950