Smythe’s Memphis Sale Should Be Their Best Ever On July 5, 6 & 7, 2007, R. M. Smythe & Co., Official Auctioneers for the 31st Annual Memphis International Paper Money Show, will conduct an extraordinary auction of paper money, stocks, bonds, and re
News-Antique.com - Jun 11,2007 - The sale begins on Thursday at 6 PM with over 200 lots of International Bank Notes. Two Bermuda Government rarities offered are the 1941 5 Pound P-12 Specimen Color Trial and the 1964 10 Pound P-22. Another nice specimen is the British Honduras 1926 $1, P-14s. Canadian collectors will be pleased to see a fine run of early Dominion of Canada notes including two 1898 $1 DC-13a notes, an 1897 $2 DC-14c, a 1914 $2 DC-22e, a Bank of Canada 1935 $5 BC-5 Choice-Gem Uncirculated, and a spectacular Bank of Canada $1,000 Serial Number A00004 BC-19, AU-Unc. Also included are a $1000 1988 Bank of Canada replacement note and a 1904 Home Bank of Canada $100 Specimen. There are also two $5 Royal Bank of Canada notes, a 1920, and a 1938 from St. Kitts. A rare and colorful note from the Congo Republic, the 5,000 1963 Specimen Color Trial, estimated at $2,500-$3,500, follows the Canadian offering. Other rare international notes in the sale are the Sarawak 1919 10 Cents, P-7, a Banco de Espana 1884 100 Pesetas, P-26s Specimen, and a very rare Banco de Caracas 1928 20 Bolivares, P-S158.
On Thursday evening, the International Bank Note session is followed by stocks and bonds, featuring a quality offering of the best in scripophily. To be auctioned are a wide variety of Aviation, Automobile, Mining, Oil, Railroad, State, Colonial, Shipping and other fine certificates. Among these items are an historically important Central Association certificate signed by John D. Rockefeller; a newly discovered Central Bank of Brooklyn with a Santa Claus vignette; an early Colorado Central Railroad stock signed by Oliver Ames; a rare Confederate blockade runner certificate from the Importing and Exporting Company of Charleston; a fine grouping of treasury bonds including a Civil War era 1862 proof bond as well a collection of Tennessee bonds including one autographed by Andrew Johnson. There are certificates with unusual vignettes such as the Kempster Rowing Tricycle, National Leg and Arm Company and certificates with well-known names such American Express and Gillette Safety Razor. There are also items autographed by Thomas Edison, Jay Gould, Warren Harding, and other notables. This is a superior offering, with the collector in mind.
Of greatest significance to collectors of obsolete paper money are the selections from the Wellstood Album. Put together in the 1850’s this is a collection that was selected and mounted by a professional bank note engraver, and kept by his family as a treasured reminder of his skill and artistry. Sixty-eight wonderful bank note or draft proofs are included, along with hundred of vignettes, some mounted on sheets and arranged in the same manner as printers’ sample sheets. Highlights include a lovely $100 Manufacturers Bank of Georgia G40; a $1 Mississippi River Bank from Oxford, Illinois; a wonderful $1 Chittenango, NY Proof featuring U. S. gold and silver $1 coins; an enigmatic $1 Manhattan Company Proof; two nautically themed Ocean Bank, NY Proofs. There are several two-note Proof sheets. The Rhode Island Exchange Bank