Antique banknote, coin and scripophily sale offers over 1,200 lots

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FORT LEE, N.J. – Archives International Auctions has been chosen to serve as the official auctioneer for the second annual Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse. The Bourse is being held Oct. 18-20, 2012 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. The auction is being held Sat., Oct. 20, 2012 at the museum, and Sunday and Tuesday (Oct. 21 and 23) at AIA’s new offices in Fort Lee, N.J.

antique Indian money

Reserve Bank of India, ND, commemorative issue specimen banknote for 10 rupees, 1969.

American Colonial money

This Georgia Colonial “Resolution of Sept. 10, 1777” issue banknote for $3, in superb condition, will cross the block Oct. 21 at an auction held in conjunction with the Wall Street Collector’s Bourse at the Museum of American Finance in New York City

The Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse will feature banknote, coin and scripophily (stock and bond certificate) dealers from across the U.S., with material to include coins, stocks, bonds and banknotes. The Museum of American Finance resides at 48 Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. Bourse hours are from noon-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 19 from 10-4 p.m., and Oct. 20 from 10-3 p.m.

The auction will feature hundreds of U.S. and worldwide stocks, bonds, banknotes and autographs, as well as choice selections from The American Bank Notes Commemoratives inventory of numismatic and philatelic production material and souvenir cards. Included will be security printing ephemera, offerings from the American Bank Note archives and other items.

“We are excited to offer a wide variety of historic material,” states Dr. Robert Schwartz of Archive International Auctions. “This will range from autographs to banknotes to historical documents to scripophily, plus artifacts such as Edison stock tickers, artwork and historic ephemera. This will be an auction designed to appeal to people new to the genre as well as seasoned collectors.”

Michigan mining script

Chippewa Copper Mining Company, 1846 issued Michigan mining certificate, 25 shares.

Autographs will include a typed and signed “Mark Twain” letter, Andrew Jackson’s signature on a Bank of the U.S. check, a Johannes Brahms autographed postcard with note, a Charles Lindbergh autographed letter, a Gertrude Stein letter, an Edison archive (an autograph, photos, early light bulb) and autographs by Enrico Caruso, Charles Dickens and Auguste Rodin.

More than 1,200 lots of rare and exciting scripophily items will be offered, to include more than 120 Confederate bonds (as single and group lots), an American Express Type II certificate from 1859, a large group of issued specimen and proof banking stocks and bonds, Chinese and Mexican bonds (some speculative) and a very rare, possibly unique 1846 Michigan Chippequa Copper Co. issued mining certificate.

Edison stock ticker

Genuine Edison stock ticker, manufactured by T.A. Edison Inc.; one of several to be sold.

Also from the scripophily category will be a large assortment of issued and specimen railroad stocks and bonds (including many rarities), worldwide certificates (including Mexico, Europe, Asia, Chile and numerous other countries) and topics to include mining, railroad, technology and banking.

Hundreds of banknotes that have been off the market or never offered before at auction will include notes from Argentina, rare China issues, unlisted 1879 and 1880s Keeling Cocos rarities, East Africa, South Africa, Russia, an amazing collection of over 20 Georgia colonial banknotes and original advertising banknotes artwork from Hugo Fleury of Waterlow & Sons fame.

The auction will offer live bidding at both venues, plus phone and live Internet bidding. To learn more about Archives International Auctions and the firm’s upcoming Oct. 20-21 and 23 auction, being held in conjunction with the Wall Street Collector’s Bourse at the Museum of American Finance in New York City, visit Archives International Auctions. To learn more about the Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse, contact John Herzog.

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