More than 1,000 U.S. and worldwide banknotes, stocks, bonds, more will be sold March 11 by Archives International Auctions

  • FORT LEE, New Jersey
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  • February 26, 2014

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This 1980 issue for the Republique Centrafricaine will be sold at auction March 11th.
Archives International Auctions

(FORT LEE, N.J.) – More than 1,000 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily and security printing ephemera will be sold in an auction planned for Tuesday, March 11, by Archives International Auctions, live at their offices in Fort Lee, and with live or absentee internet bidding on their website,

Offered will be additional selections from the Hamtramck Collection assembled by a career military officer over a 50-year period from the 1940s to the 1990s, to include worldwide banknotes, many of which are being sold for the first time in 30-50 years. Also being offered will be Part 1 of the impressive Scarsdale Collection of post-1960 modern Africa high grade issues from many countries on the continent.

The auction will feature 600 lots of worldwide banknotes including 240 lots from the Scarsdale Collection of modern Africa; 30 lots from China, which will serve as a warm-up to Archives International Auctions’ sale slated for Saturday, April 12 in Hong Kong, China. There will also be more than 120 desirable notes in the U.S. session and over 300 lots of rare and attractive U.S. and foreign certificates in the scripophily session. “We are extremely excited about our upcoming auction schedule, especially with the widespread interest shown by collectors, dealers and investors alike,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz the president of Archives International Auctions. “Prices are breaking records everywhere, literally every day, and we look forward to intense competition for banknotes from practically all areas.”

       The worldwide banknote session includes an amazing Banque de France 1917 Essay Progress proof by ABNC that may very well be unique. Additionally highlights include, 3 different Ecuador rarities including an 1880, Banco De Quito, 5 Pesos, note that is issued and was only known previously as a specimen or proof; two discovery Argentina notes are offered for the first time, Colonia Ocampo Specimens dated 1888 from BWC that are sure to attract significant interest; a unique Cuba original artwork essay of a 1991 issue banknote will be offered, also from the Bradbury archives; an 1849, $50 Danish West Indies rarity; a rare Pakistan Specimen, 50 Rupees, ca.1978-84 banknote; a rare Qatar & Dubai first issue banknote pair; a Swiss 1954-74, 1000 Francs TDLR specimen.  Part 1 of the “Scarsdale Collection” of predominantly modern African banknotes will  include 240 lots with many modern rarities as well as difficult to find varieties such as a Serial #”1”, 1951, Banco De Angola banknote; a Republique Centrafricaine, 5000 Francs issued note in PMG 65 EPQ; a pair of Libya, 1951 Specimen notes by TDLR among many others. The balance of the “Scarsdale Collection” will be offered in Archives May, 2014 auction

The U.S. session with security printing ephemera will offer over 120 desirable notes to include a Serial # “3” U.S. Postal Note from New Britain, CT dated 1883; 16 lots of Colonial notes including a Delaware, 1776, 10 Shilling Note in AU 58 and a sheet of two 1782 Continental Bills of Exchange signed by Michael Hellegas, the first treasurer of the United States; U.S. obsoletes include a variety of attractive group lots from the “Hamtramck” collection; an 1862, New Orleans, Peterson’s Brass Works; a previously unknown as issued Maine, 1851 Exchange Bank never before offered and an uncut Corn Exchange Bank sheet from Nebraska that is extremely attractive among many other obsolete lots.  U.S. type notes include a $10, Fr#122 Legal Tender; a pair of $1 and $2, 1896 Educational notes; an Original Series, 1864, Merchants National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, $10, PMG described “Unlisted Essay”  will be offered.

The Scripophily session will feature more than 300 lots of rare and attractive U.S. and foreign certificates.  Some of the many highlights include a Pabst Brewing Company, 1889 stock certificate ITASB Frederick Pabst the year he took over the company; over 25 lots of Mexico, (mostly specimens); an extremely rare if not unique issued 1922 Palestine Foundation Fund donation certificate with a portrait of Theodore Herzl. Other scripophily lots include a very attractive ca.1850’s Crescent Mutual Insurance Company of New Orleans stock certificate specimen; a historic 1806, Rensselaer Glass Stock signed by Elisha Jenkins as president; a Submarine Boat and Torpedo Co. 1889 issued stock certificate rarity with a unique vignette and close to 150 lots of railroad issued and specimen bonds and shares with many attractive and rare certificates being offered.

Previews will be held starting Thursday, March 6, until the date of sale, March 11, by appointment. To pre-register for live internet or absentee bidding, log on to the Archives International Auctions website, at The catalog is online at the website and also is available as a virtual catalog. One can also have a virtual preview of the sale from the virtual catalog link.

The April 12 auction in Hong Kong, China will include many rare and desirable banknotes seldom seen at auction. It will feature close to 400 lots of rare and interesting Chinese and Asian banknotes and coins. The late May auction (times and dates to be determined) will be held in the company’s Fort Lee offices and feature U.S and Worldwide banknotes, scripophily, historic documents and ephemera, coins and the balance of the Scarsdale Collection.

The March 11th event is the 17th auction for Archives International Auctions in its 8-year history, during which time the firm has become synonymous with quality auctions dedicated to U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily, security printing ephemera, coins, historic documents and other numismatic ephemera. AIA was chosen 3 years in a row to be auctioneer for the annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show held at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in mid-October and is in the planning of its fourth auction for the Wall Street Show slated for this October, 2014.

AIA is always looking for U.S. and worldwide banknotes, stocks, bonds, stamps, coins, autographs and postal history, from better individual items to large estate collections. To sell or consign an item or a collection, you may write to them at 1580 Lemoine Ave., Suite #7, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; e-mail them at; or call them at (201) 944-4800.

To learn more about Archives International Auctions and the upcoming slate of auctions in March, April and May, please log on to

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Dr. Robert Schwartz
Archives International Auctions
(201) 944-4800

Archives International Auctions
1580 Lemoine Avenue
Suite 7
Fort Lee, New Jersey
(201) 944-4800

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