Beautifully rendered U.S. and worldwide banknotes, plus scripophily, will be sold at auction May 7th

  • FORT LEE, New Jersey
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  • April 17, 2015

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This is one of 10 different Government of Texas and Republic of Texas obsolete banknotes in the May 7 auction.
Archives International Auctions

FORT LEE, N.J. – Archives International Auctions will offer more than 800 lots of rare U.S and worldwide banknotes and scripophily (stock and bond certificates) in an auction scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, in the firm’s offices located at 1580 Lemoine Avenue (Suite 7) in Fort Lee, starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Folks can also bid online at
“Included in this auction will be many desirable banknotes and examples of scripophily that are rarely offered at public auction,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz of Archives International Auctions of this, the firm’s 24th sale. Lots 1-167 will feature worldwide banknotes; Lots 168-199 will be U.S. banknotes; and Lots 200-814 will be dedicated to scripophily from the U.S. and around the world.
Highlights from the worldwide banknote session will includes an extremely rare Ecuador, Banco de Quito, 5 Pesos, 1880 banknote unlisted as an issued note ; a discovery Certificate for Irish National Bonds for the Fenian Brotherhood Specimen, dated from the 1860’s; and dozens of other rare and interesting worldwide banknotes.
The U.S. banknotes will include a new find of 10 different Government of Texas and Republic of Texas obsolete banknotes and a small group of U.S. obsolete banknotes including the New York Continental Bank $20 note that’s rarely if ever been seen at auction. The scripophily session will feature close to 600 lots of rarely seen, plus highly collectible stocks, bonds and fiscal material.
Highlights from the scripophily session will include 19 different issued and specimen automobile stocks (including an extremely rare Indian Motocycle specimen, one of the earliest motorcycle companies in business); and a discovery National Rockland Bank of Boston specimen share certificate from sometime between 1910 and the 1920s, with a charming Santa Claus vignette.
Finance certificates will include a Goldman Sachs Trading Corporation specimen shares from 1928. Breweries are represented by a Pabst Brewing Company, 1889 issued stock certificate, signed by Frederick Pabst himself as president, and Charles Best. Confederate bonds, always a hit with bidders, will feature two different Confederate Cotton Loans of 1863 that were issued in England.
Foreign bonds and shares will include issues from South and Central America, Europe, China and numerous other countries, with some speculative issues. Mining is represented by numerous highlights, including a Bodie Mining District, Standard Consolidated Mining Company 1881 proof stock certificate with coin vignette; A Nevada Territory, Gold Hill & Virginia Divide Mining Company 1863 Stock certificate; an exciting group of early Alaska stocks and more.

Railroads will be well represented, with over 240 lots of desirable and rare bonds and stocks. A highlight promises to be Part 1 of an impressive Texas collection put together over many years by a serious collector with many rarities offered, including one-of-a-kinds rarely seen at auction.
Lots to watch will include a New York Central and Hudson River Rail Road Company 1880's specimen bond, direct from the ABN Archives, offered for the first time.
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. To learn more about Archives International Auctions and the firm’s upcoming auction on May 7th, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

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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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