“We are privileged to offer another amazing collection of numismatic rarities that rarely if ever cross the auction block, including two new discovery banknotes from Peru and China being offered for the first time,” stated Dr. Robert Schwartz of Archives International Auctions. “By acquiring one or more of these rare and beautiful pieces, it’s literally possible to imagine holding history in your hands. We expect this sale to be just as exciting as our past auctions over the last two years.”
The auction is packed with rare and desirable banknotes including a previously unknown 1909 Russo-Asiatic Bank (Shanghai, China) specimen banknote for 10 Mexican dollars (est. $6,000-$10,000)
Also included are dozens of U.S. obsolete banknotes, as well as a new find of obsolete proprietary proof banknotes (including many notes never seen in any form) from the American Bank Note Commemoratives (a former division of ABNC) inventory which is composed of numismatic and philatelic production material, proprietary proofs, commemorative and souvenir cards and rare Security Printing Ephemera that is rarely available to collectors and will be featured in multiple sessions in upcoming auctions.
For the ultimate specialist is a large section of Security Printing Ephemera including rare vignette sheets, vignette die proofs used on banknotes and stock certificates, advertising notes and miscellaneous ephemera rarely seen in auction or available to collectors. The scripophily section will include 412 lots of stocks and bonds (banking, mining, railroad, foreign, etc.), and include items for every level of collector.
Five lots could bring between $5,000 and $15,000 each. They include an 1855 Chinese, Year Five, Board of Revenue 3-Taels, issued banknote, very popular and scarce, graded very fine (est. $5,000-$8,000);
Other international banknotes include a circa 1870-1880 specimen color trial Mexican banknote for 100 pesos, rare and choice uncirculated (est. $2,000-$4,000);
From the U.S. comes an uncut sheet of four notes from the Mercantile Bank of Waterloo. Ill., originally printed circa 1850s-‘60s but these are circ 1960s-‘70s (est. $2,500-$4,000);
Also from the States is a circa 1960s-‘70s archival reprint of a Miners Bank of Savings of Alta (Calif.) proprietary proof from the 1840s-‘50s, “payable in gold dust” (est. $1,500-$2,500);
The U.K. will be represented by a 1933 National Bank, Ltd. (Dublin) “Ploughman”
A Bank of Florida proprietary uncut obsolete proof sheet of four banknotes from 1843-44, but reprinted circa 1960’s-‘70s, should make $1,000-$2,000;
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots are a 1992 Reserve Bank of New Zealand $20 specimen banknote, showing Queen Elizabeth (est. $1,250-$2,500);
Previews are scheduled for Thursday, May 10th until the day of the sale, from 9-5, except Saturday, 10-3, no viewing on Sunday and viewing Monday from 9-7 or by appointment. To pre-register for live Internet bidding, log on to the Archives International website, at www.archivesinternational.com and go to “Internet Bidding” on the navigation bar. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Catalogs are available at a cost of $25 for U.S. and $30 outside the U.S. for new bidders, call (201) 944-4800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives International Auctions is located at 1580 Lemoine Ave. (Ste. #7) in Fort Lee, N.J., right across the George Washington Bridge from New York City. The firm is always looking for U.S. and worldwide banknotes, stocks, bonds, stamps, coins, autographs and postal history from individual better items to large estate collections. To sell or consign a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at (201) 944-4800; or, e-mail them at email@example.com.
To learn more about Archives International Auctions, LLC, and the upcoming May 15 sale, please log on to www.archivesinternational.com.