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 Over 1,400 lots of rare and collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily, stocks and bonds, autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold Oct. 19 & 22 by AIA.
Confederate banknotes and bonds, colonial banknotes, obsolete banknotes, fractional currency, and large and small federal issues. Security printing ephemera and historical ephemera will also be offered.
Federal issues will include an 1896 “Educational” $1, $2 and $5, in high grade (the latter bearing the infamous “Banned in Boston” bare-breasted Electricity). Fans of Mormon issues will be pleased with a VF-25 example of a Kirkland Safety Society Bank $5 from 1837, bearing the signature of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church (obsolete bank, OH-245-G10).
Oct. 22 will also feature a fresh-to-the-market trove of Wells Fargo ephemera, from a collection assembled over a century ago. Included will be many rare Wells Fargo documents, broadsides, exchanges and fiscal paper, making their first appearance at auction.
Worldwide banknotes will boast a United Arab Emirates five-note specimen set, a China Hupeh Government cash bank 1904 rarity and a Banque De l’Indochine specimen 1,000 Piastres in superb gem uncirculated 69 condition, one of only two known at this level. Mexican offerings will include rarities seldom seen at auction, such as high-denomination proofs from the Banco period and Bono De Caja bank specimens (including an unlisted discovery note).
But the Washington-signed U.S. Federal Bond is the undisputed highlight of the auction. “This is truly one of the finest rarities to surface on the scripophily market in many years,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions. “It is of exceptional historical importance to the history of American capital markets and will be the centerpiece of a savvy bidder’s collection.”
Dr. Schwartz added, “These certificates were the first securities traded on the New York Stock Exchange after its founding in 1792, upon the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement, four months after this certificate was issued to Washington.” There are only two other examples known; one is in the Museum of American Finance, the other in the George Washington University Library with this example being the only one available to the collecting public.
It is just the 16th auction for Archives International Auctions in its seven-year history, during which time the company has become synonymous with quality auctions dedicated to U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily and other numismatic ephemera. AIA was chosen to be the auctioneer for the third annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show being held Oct. 17-19 in the Museum of American Finance, at 48 Wall Street in Manhattan’s financial district.
Archives International Auctions and Dr. Robert Schwartz can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone 1-201-944-4800. The website is www.archivesinternational.com. The Oct. 19 and 22 auction offers live onsite bidding for both sessions as well as absentee, phone and live Internet bidding through the website. Please contact them to be placed on an auction update list.