U.S. and worldwide banknotes, stocks, bonds, more will be sold Oct. 19 & 22 by Archives Int'l Auc. Over 1,400 lots of rare and collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily, stocks and bonds, autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold Oct. 19 & 22 by AIA.
News-Antique.com - Sep 28,2013 - (FORT LEE, N.J.) – Over 1,400 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold in a two-day, two-session auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Bidders may attended either session live or they can participate through absentee and live bidding, at www.archivesinternational.com.
The auction is being held on non-consecutive days in two states. The Oct. 19 session will be on the final day of the third annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show, slated for Oct. 17-19 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. The Oct. 22 session will be held in Archives International Auctions’ offices, at 1580 Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, N.J.
The Oct. 19 session will be heavy in non-numismatic but historically important items, beginning with The First Hour Collection of significant documents and objects. These will include an authentic Edison stock ticker, a piece of the original cable from the Brooklyn Bridge, artwork and other interesting items.
Next up will be The Copps Collection of historic colonial fiscal paper, documents and stock and bond certificates, acquired 30-plus years ago. Included in the group is the expected top lot of the sale – a spectacular 1792-dated U.S. Federal bond, issued to and signed by George Washington while he was President. It is the first time such a bond has been offered at auction.
Also sold Oct. 19 will be over 50 lots of historic autographs, including three Standard Oil Company stock certificate signed by the legendary industrialist John D. Rockefeller, three stock certificates signed by renowned inventor Thomas Edison, two autographs of Buffalo Bill Cody and important aviation autographs, to include three different by Charles Lindbergh and one by Amelia Earhart.
One lot that will appeal to fans of both money and militaria is a historic Series 1935A silver certificate “short snorter” signed by Harry Truman and many other World War II military notables (including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, George C. Marshall, H.H. Arnold, William H. Leahy, James Byrnes (Secretary of State), and Gen. Anthony Clement “Nuts” McAuliffe. It’s worth noting that this very “short snorter” sold for $4,600 in 2002 at R.M. Smythe’s sale 225 (lot #484).
Scripophily offerings on Oct. 19 and Oct. 22 will feature over 600 stock and bond certificates, highlighted by a Wells Fargo Mining stock certificate (with a racing stagecoach vignette), one of the earliest Alaska stock certificates known (circa late 1870s), Liberty Loan bonds, railroad stocks and bonds and many U.S. and worldwide bonds and shares including the Penn Central Reference Collection of historic railroad stock and bond certificates found in the Penn Central Archives with over 200 varieties offered.
The auction’s second session – on Oct. 22 in Fort Lee, N.J. – will be dedicated mainly to U.S. and worldwide banknotes, historical documents and security printing ephemera. Collectors will be able to choose and bid on over 100 U.S. banknotes, including