• 4
    May

Early 20th-C. South African 20 Pound Specimen Leads Banknotes & Scripophily Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – An early 20th century Standard Bank of South Africa color trial specimen banknote for 20 Pounds sold for $10,620 at an auction (Part XIV) held Apr. 16 by Archives International Auctions. The note, printed in blue with gold underprint, was in almost uncirculated condition. It was also the top lot in […]

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  • 29
    Apr

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

By Gerald Tebben You won’t find any 1877-C gold $10 eagles in any collection, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. This is a tale about a U.S. Mint facility that never was. Fifteen years after the C mintmark of the Charlotte Branch Mint fell victim to the Civil War, Northern citizens sought to bring […]

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  • 22
    Mar

Auction Report: 1908 Hunan Government Chinese 100 Coppers Banknote Brings $15,220

HONG KONG, China – A high-grade Chinese Hunan government banknote for 100 coppers, 1908 issue, hammered for $15,220 after a fierce floor competition at the first auction ever conducted in Hong Kong by Archives International Auctions, a firm based in Fort Lee, N.J. The banknote was the top lot in an auction that saw 609 […]

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  • 1
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: World War Two-Era USO Entertainer-Signed Dollar Bill

QUESTION: I have a bill that my father carried through his World War II service in Africa, Italy and Germany. The bill contains autographs obtained backstage from members of U.S.O. touring groups. Signatures include Louise Allbritton, June Allyson, Mary Brian, Eddie Cantor, Harry James, George Raft, Dinah Shore, and one name I cannot make out. The […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Union ‘Greenbacks’ Replace CSA Notes during the Waning Stages of the Civil War

By Gerald Tebben In the spring of 1864, Atlanta stood before Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and quaked. Conquest of the city was a Northern imperative, as Atlanta was a vital rail hub, important supply depot and the center of the South’s war industry. Sherman laid siege in May. Through July, skirmishes seesawed back and […]

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  • 21
    Feb

Hidden Surprises: Signatures on Old Checks are Part of Lithuanian History

By Gerald Tebben You never know what you’ll find when you walk by Dan Rich’s table at central Ohio coin and currency shows. In and among the coins, tokens and paper money, there’s always something different. One month, it was Chinese passports from the 1980s. Another time, it was Nazi travel documents. The stuff is […]

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