Visually arresting antique Chinese banknotes will be offered at Archives International Auctions, Dec. 11 and 14

  • FORT LEE, New Jersey
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  • December 01, 2015

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This Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking branch, Ten Taels issue high-grade banknote rarity will be sold Dec. 11 and 14, online and in Fort Lee, N.J.
Archives International Auctions

FORT LEE, N.J., U.S.A. – More than 1,900 lots of United States, Chinese and Worldwide Banknotes, Coins, Scripophily and security printing ephemera will be sold by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. on Friday, December 11th and Monday, December 14th.

“We are excited to offer Part 2 of the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky collection of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, including the first portion of the Pogrebetsky Russian Banknote Reference Collection as well as many outstanding consignments that include U.S. railroad bonds, obsolete banknotes, U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, and security printing ephemera from various consignors,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, the president of Archives International Auctions.

Dr. Schwartz added, “We are also fortunate to offer a considerable amount of fresh material that has either never been offered previously at auction or has been off the market for over 60 years and is certain to generate excitement in the chase for that elusive banknote, stock certificate or coin.”

Start times for the first two sessions will be 10:30 a.m. EST. For those unable to attend, online bidding will be offered on the AIA website: Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A third session, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14th, will begin no earlier than 3 p.m. EST after the Chinese and Asian sale is concluded. It will be an internet-only sale, with all items pictured online, with no printed catalog.

Session I, slated for Friday, December 11th, will begin with worldwide banknotes, to include additional selections from the Arthur Matz collection of modern banknotes. The highlights from the Matz collections include numerous lots of modern British Colonies, with multiple examples of different series and signatures from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, the East Caribbean States, Cyprus and numerous other countries.

Highlights from the balance of the worldwide banknote session will include a previously unlisted Argentina 1888 specimen note, Colonia Ocampo by BW&C; and two different Australian replacement banknotes, one from 1953 and the second one from 1966; a lovely 1905 Danish West Indies $5 banknote; two different 1720 Banque Royal “John Law” notes; and Greek rarities, such as an 1885 National Bank of Greece specimen. Haiti is highlighted by two complete sheets of ten specimen notes each of 1 and 2 Gourdes, Banque De La Republique D’Haiti, 1919 provisional issue banknotes by ABNC; a discovery 1898 Republica De Chile Provisional Issue note, possibly one of a kind; and a spectacular United Arab Emirates Currency Board specimen set consisting of five banknotes along with hundreds of desirable banknotes in single and group lots will be offered.

We are also privileged to offer Part 1 of the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky reference collection of Russian banknotes, with many scarce and rare issues, including local and private issuers seldom seen at auction that will be included in all three sessions.

There are over 130 desirable lots in the sale of scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), with highlights including a circa 1900 Massachusetts specimen stock certificate with a Santa Claus vignette; a Bodie Bluff Mining Company certificate dated 1879 (one of 14 different rare mining stocks being offered); over 60 railroad stocks and bonds, including a unique Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rail Road Co. specimen dated 1877; a Columbus Zoological Company issued stock certificate dated 1903 plus two other zoo-related certificates; and numerous other topics and desirable certificates.

A recent find of historic security printer advertising cards, some never seen before, including an American Bank Note Co., Cincinnati, ca.1860s, business card with allegorical Liberty vignette, are being offered in the first session, as are dozens of other interesting and rare security Printer items. Also to be offered will be U.S. colonial, obsolete, Confederate and Fractional currency as well as large and small type notes as well as depression scrip; a U.S. FRN, $5, 1914, Fr.846 in PMG Gem Unc 65 is one of the highlight notes. The first session will end with a group of U.S. Liberty Loans, including a Liberty Loan bond of 1917, plus other desirable bonds.

Session II, on Monday, Dec. 14th beginning at 10:30 a.m., EST will feature Chinese and Asian banknotes, scripophily and coins, to include Part 2 of the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky family archives of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes. Also offered will be the “Shanghai Banker’s Collection” of rare Chinese banknotes that were given to an American missionary in 1947 before the Communist takeover and forgotten for close to 60 years until his children stumbled upon it while cleaning out his house. Included are many notes that are rarely seen in any form at auction, as well spectacular rarities and discovery notes.

Highlights from the Pogrebetsky collection will include five different Ch’ing Dynasty, 1858 and 1859 cash notes; a beautiful Imperial Bank of China 1898 Peking Taels issue; a 1912 “Mukden-Manchuria” $5 Branch issue rarity; an attractive National Bank of China, 1921 issue rarity; a group of Bank of Territorial Development, Urga issues and other rare banknotes.

Highlights from the Shanghai Banker’s collection include a 50 Yuan, 1921 China & South Sea Bank, Ltd. issued note that is unpriced in the SCWPM; numerous Bank of China rarities; and a significant Bank of Communications assortment, including scarce issues rarely seen at auction; an attractive and rare assortment of 1940 Provisional issues from the Farmers Bank of China; an attractive and rare group of Land Bank of China issued notes from the 1926 and 1931 issues; a large group of Central Reserve Bank of China Specimens; and various private and local issues from both collections, all highly desirable.

Additional Chinese Banknote highlights will include an amazing 1920, Bank of Canton, Shanghai Branch issued banknote rarity discovered in Europe in an old estate sale as well as hundreds of desirable and rare Chinese and Asian banknotes that are rarely if ever offered at public auction from various consignors.

Session III, scheduled for Monday, December 14th to begin no earlier than 3:00 p.m. is an internet only sale with all of the items pictured online, with no printed catalog. Included will be numerous attractive and scarce U.S. and Worldwide Banknote issues and Scripophily that should appeal to collectors and dealers of every level and specialty.

Previews will be held Monday through Thursday, Dec. 7-10, from 10 5 p.m. at AIA’s offices in Fort Lee, N.J. For an appointment, call (201) 944-4800. Check the AIA website for additional information at Their first big auction for 2016 is planned for late February, also at their Fort Lee, New Jersey offices. Watch the website as the New Year approaches.

The catalog for the December 11th and 14th auction is online at Archives International Auctions’ website and can be viewed via Archives International Live bidding platform, as a virtual catalog or downloadable .pdf. To pre-register for the live event internet bidding, you may log on to

Archives International Auctions is always looking for U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, stocks, bonds, stamps, postal history, autographs and historic ephemera and documents for future auctions, or to buy outright. To sell or consign one piece or an entire collection, you may call AIA at (201) 944-4800; or you can send them an e-mail to

You may also write to Archives International Auctions, at 1580 Lemoine Ave., Suite #7, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 U.S.A... To learn more about Archives International Auctions and the upcoming auctions planned for Dec.11th and 14th, as well as the Feb. 2016 sale and additional 2016 winter auctions, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

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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