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Scripophiles Readying for 2nd Annual Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse

by WorthPoint Staff (10/10/12).

President Andrew Jackson signed this 1833 Bank of U.S. check, payable to Thomas J. Donelson for $150. It is just of 12,000 lots to go up for auction at the second annual Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse, to be held Oct. 18-20 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City.

FORT LEE, N.J. – Archives International Auctions has been chosen once again to serve as the official auctioneer for the second annual Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse. The Bourse will be held Oct. 18-20 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. The auction will be held Sat., Oct. 20 at the museum, and Sunday and Tuesday (Oct. 21 and 23) at AIA’s new offices in Fort Lee, N.J.

The Wall Street Collectors’ Bourse will feature banknote, coin and scripophily (stock and bond certificate) dealers from across the U.S., with material to include coins, stocks, bonds and banknotes. The Museum of American Finance resides at 48 Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. Bourse hours are Oct. 18 from noon-8 p.m., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

A stock certificate for the Chippewa Copper Mining Company of Michigan, issued in 1846 for 25 shares.

The auction will feature hundreds of U.S. and worldwide stocks, bonds, banknotes and autographs, as well as choice selections from The American Bank Notes Commemoratives inventory of numismatic and philatelic production material and souvenir cards. Included will be security printing ephemera, offerings from the American Bank Note archives and other items.

“We are excited to offer a wide variety of historic material,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz of Archive International Auctions. “This will range from autographs to banknotes to historical documents to scripophily, plus artifacts such as Edison stock tickers, artwork and historic ephemera. This will be an auction designed to appeal to people new to the genre as well as seasoned collectors.”

Autographs will include a typed and signed “Mark Twain” letter, Andrew Jackson’s signature on a Bank of the U.S. check, a Johannes Brahms autographed postcard with note, a Charles Lindbergh autographed letter, a Gertrude Stein letter, an Edison archive (an autograph, photos, early light bulb), and autographs by Enrico Caruso, Charles Dickens and Auguste Rodin.

More than 1,200 lots of rare and exciting scripophily items will be offered, to include more than 120 Confederate bonds (as single and group lots), an American Express Type II certificate from 1859, a large group of issued specimen and proof banking stocks and bonds, Chinese and Mexican bonds (some speculative), and a very rare, possibly unique 1846 Michigan Chippequa Copper Co. issued mining certificate.

Also from the scripophily category will be a large assortment of issued and specimen railroad stocks and bonds (including many rarities), worldwide certificates (including Mexico, Europe, Asia, Chile and numerous other countries), and topics to include mining, railroad, technology and banking. “This auction will be a scripophily lover’s dream,” Dr. Schwartz said.

A Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) autograph on letter and black and white photo (N.Y., 1906).

An expected star of the U.S. and worldwide banknotes session will be a group of seven different Reserve Bank of India specimens from the late 1960s to the early ’70s never before offered at auction. Also featured will be a group of 26 rare Pakistani specimens from a new find, a Canada 1954 “Devil’s Head” specimen set ($1-$100) and 19 different Republic of Cyprus specimens, many quite rare.

Also set to change hands will be a Republic de Chile 1898 provisional issue rarity discovery note of a previously unknown denomination, early French notes (including Armee Catholique et Royale de Bretagne and Armee Catholique et Royale (1794) issued banknotes, 1940s issue Banque of France essay proof banknotes, and 1940-70 Bank of Ireland issued notes.

Hundreds of banknotes that have been off the market or never offered before at auction will include notes from Argentina, rare China issues, unlisted 1879 and 1880s Keeling Cocos rarities, East Africa, South Africa, Russia, an amazing collection of over 20 Georgia colonial banknotes and original advertising banknotes artwork from Hugo Fleury of Waterlow & Sons fame.

The auction will offer live bidding at both venues, plus phone and live Internet bidding.

For more information about this auction, call 201.944.4800, e-mail to or visit the Archives International Auctions website.


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