Antique banknotes, scripophily, more will be sold at auction May 15th Archives International Auctions will offer 1,070 lots of U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily and security printing ephemera at auction on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. (EST) in Fort Lee, N.J.
are circ 1960s-‘70s (est. $2,500-$4,000); a rare New England Bank Note Company advertising vignette proof sheet from the 1830s (est. $1,500-$3,000); and an 1887 Central of New Jersey Railroad Co. specimen bond (est. $1,250-$2,500).
Also from the States is a circa 1960s-‘70s archival reprint of a Miners Bank of Savings of Alta (Calif.) proprietary proof from the 1840s-‘50s, “payable in gold dust” (est. $1,500-$2,500); an amazing content magnetic telegraph letter dated Sept. 17, 1861 and addressed to M.S. Latham, the former governor of California, discussing protecting mail routes from Indian attacks and Confederate advances out West (est. $1,250-$2,500); and an 1853 Shawmut Mining Company (Michigan) stock certificate, 110 shares (est. $1,250-$2,500).
The U.K. will be represented by a 1933 National Bank, Ltd. (Dublin) “Ploughman” 5-pound currency commission issued banknote, about uncirculated (est. $1,500-$3,000); and a South Sea Company (Britain) power of attorney for selling and trading stock, dated 1724 (est. $1,000-$2,000). Also from Europe is a 1922 National Bank of Greece essay color trial specimen (est. $1,000-$2,000).
A Bank of Florida proprietary uncut obsolete proof sheet of four banknotes from 1843-44, but reprinted circa 1960’s-‘70s, should make $1,000-$2,000; a Washington Mining Co. (Carson City, Nevada Territory) issued stock certificate for 7 ½ shares, dated 1853, should fetch $1,250-$1,750; and a historic 1901 U.S. Steel Corp. IPO financing (of Andrew Carnegie fame) $1,000 50-year, 5% specimen bond should hit $750-$1,500.
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots are a 1992 Reserve Bank of New Zealand $20 specimen banknote, showing Queen Elizabeth (est. $1,250-$2,500); a Bank of Polski (Poland) 5,000-Zlotych specimen only banknote issue from 1919 (est. $1,250-$2,500); and an 1861 State of Virginia Ordinance of Secession dated May 23, 1861 (est. $400-$800).
Previews are scheduled for Thursday, May 10th until the day of the sale, from 9-5, except Saturday, 10-3, no viewing on Sunday and viewing Monday from 9-7 or by appointment. To pre-register for live Internet bidding, log on to the Archives International website, at www.archivesinternational.com and go to “Internet Bidding” on the navigation bar. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Catalogs are available at a cost of $25 for U.S. and $30 outside the U.S. for new bidders, call (201) 944-4800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives International Auctions is located at 1580 Lemoine Ave. (Ste. #7) in Fort Lee, N.J., right across the George Washington Bridge from New York City. The firm is always looking for U.S. and worldwide banknotes, stocks, bonds, stamps, coins, autographs and postal history from individual better items to large estate collections. To sell or consign a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at (201) 944-4800; or, e-mail them at email@example.com.
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