• 19 Aug
    2015

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince them that you are one of them. How do you do that? That was exactly […]

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  • 10 Jun
    2014

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at this year’s International Paper Money Show (IPMS) slated for June 13-14 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. […]

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  • 6 Mar
    2014

U.S. & Worldwide Bank Notes, Scripophily, Security Printing to be Auctioned

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 its offices in Fort Lee, and with live or absentee Internet bidding. Offered will be additional […]

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  • 11 Dec
    2013

1792 George Washington-Signed U.S. Federal Bond Sets World Record Price

FORT LEE, N.J. – A historic U.S. federal bond, issued to and signed by then-President George Washington in 1792 bond soared to $265,500—with an 18-percent buyer’s premium included—becoming the most ever paid at auction for a single U.S. stock or bond. The Washington bond was the highlight of two-day, two-session catalog and Internet sale held […]

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  • 9 Oct
    2013

1792 U. S. Federal Bond Issued to and Signed by George Washington to Headline Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – An important 1792 U.S. Federal bond, issued to and signed by George Washington while he was president, is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Stocks and bonds of any type issued to and signed by Washington are extremely rare. The […]

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  • 9 Oct
    2013

Archives International Auctions offers U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes & Scripophily

FORT LEE, N.J. – More than 1,400 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold in a two-day, two-session auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Bidders may attended either session live […]

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  • 25 Aug
    2013

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 For a nation that had been almost totally introspective to the point of being hermetically sealed off for hundreds of years, it never ceases to amaze me how inextricably linked the phenomenon that is Chinese Export Silver is to America, in particular the Eastern Seaboard. True, the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 opened up […]

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  • 5 Aug
    2013

Lot of 1970s-Era United Arab Emirates Banknotes Gavels for $29,500 at AIA Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – One lot consisting of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates, with Serial Number “000002” in denominations ranging from 1-to-100 Dirhams, sold for $29,500 at a live and Internet auction held by Archives International Auctions in the firm’s gallery on June 4. The set was easily the sale’s top lot. […]

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  • 2 Jul
    2013

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would come from the column of 1,500 Confederate cavalry that rode into town early in the afternoon of July 6, 1864. Throughout the Civil War, the town of 4,100 had been occupied repeatedly by Northern and Southern armies marching to and from the battles […]

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  • 15 May
    2013

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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