Monday, September 1, 2014

Exhibition & Reference book: Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum

Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Strassenbahnen
1000 Mark share certificate, 1896

The exhibition Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum presents Bochum’s industrial  and financial history in 138 real size reproductions of antique securities and documents. The major part of the papers represented in the exhibition come from the collection of Gerhard Wegener. On 9 September 2014 at 18:30 scripophily expert Claus Müller will give the exhibition's opening speech.  

Practical info Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum – Stadtgeschichte auf historischen Dokumenten von 1845 bis heute : 
  • Location : Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets, Clemensstr. 17-19, 44789 Bochum, GERMANY
  • Duration : 9 September 2014 – 17 October 2014
  • Opening hours : Monday to Friday  9.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • No entrance free.

book Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum - Gerhard Wegener
Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum
Gerhard Wegener

For those who can not make it to the exhibition, there is the book  !
Historic Papers from Bochum  - City history on historical documents from 1845 to today is self-published by Gerhard Wegener, collector of paper money and securities from the city of Bochum. In the book the author lists up the included companies with a history profile, an overview of the known certificates (described with their type, place of issue, denomination, date of issue, circulation) and images. The catalogue is written in German and is directly available from the author, eMail:, at the price of 28 EUR (30 EUR including shipment).


Special thanks to Jürgen Weritz, Weritz Werbung, also known for his work on scripophily artists, see here, who was so kind to inform me about this scripophily initiative.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book : Acciones Españolas

front cover of book Acciones Españolas, La Historia Gráfica de los Títulos Españoles
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image source by Boone Shares

  • Title : Acciones Españolas, la historia gráfica de los títulos Españoles; in English : Spanish share certificates, the graphical history of the Spanish securities
  • Authors : Jorge Ibáñez
  • ID : ISBN 84-95241-18-8, published by Bancoval, S.A. Grupo Dexia, 2001
  • Languages : Spanish and English
  • Number of pages : 197
  • Images : more than 150 large color images 
  • Indexes : no index

This luxury publication introduces us into, arguably, the most decorative theme in scripophily one can think of : Spain. More than 150 large color images are used to illustrate the following topics, both in Spanish and English :
  • Sociedades por acciones y modernización económica en España (1700-2000); Stock companies and economic modernisation in Spain (1700-2000)
  • Las primeras compañias; The first companies (18th century)
  • La Españia de ultramar; Spain overseas (including some Philippines and Cuban certificates)
  • La deuda pública; Public debt
  • Los bancos; The banks
  • El seguro y el mar; Insurance and the sea
  • Aparece el tren; The arrival of the train
  • El último tranvía; the last streetcar
  • El automóvil; the automobile
  • Las minas; Mines
  • La electricidad; Electricity
  • Con pan y vino; With bread and wine 
  • El Modernismo Catalán; Catalonian Art Nouveau
  • Madrid, Madrid, Madrid
  • Los Españoles se divierten; Spaniards have fun

Most sections are briefly covered but the following ones are illustrated with a more extensive set of certificates including several rare pieces : 18th century companies, railroads and tramways and Catalonian art (including 3 certificates designed by J. Camins).

The companies included were active in the field of : trading companies, insurances, mining, banking, railway and tramways, public debt, public transport, electric power and lighting, food & wine, bull fighting, and more. 

A nice introduction into antique stocks and bonds from Spain. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

A Pharaonic Collection of Egyptian Scripophily

The Egypt Stock Exchange
In 1883, the Alexandria Stock Exchange, located at the Mohammed Ali Square, was officially established mainly for handling transactions in cotton. Until the 1950's most trading will be done with the Liverpool Cotton Exchange. Around the 1900's agricultural and real estate projects were in development all over Egypt triggering the corresponding infrastructure projects and vice versa. In 1903 the old premises of the Ottoman Bank on Maghraby Street were chosen for the temporarily headquarters of the Bourse and Banking Company of Egypt Ltd, also known as the Bourse Khediviale du Caire, the Cairo Stock Exchange.

With a booming economy, both exchanges rated quickly among the world's top five stock exchanges with over 200 companies traded on the Cairo Bourse alone. In 1996 the Cairo and Alexandria stock exchanges where unified into the Egypt Stock Exchange. Both have the same board of directors and share the same trading, clearing and settlement systems.
Source: History of the Egyptian Stock Exchange, see here .

Egyptian Guaranteed 3% Loan 1887 showing sfinx and crescent moon
Egyptian Guaranteed 3% Loan 1887
Bond of 1000 Pounds, specimen
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A grandiose scripophily collection from Egypt
In April 2013 a collection of Egyptian securities was auctioned by the auctioneer Boone. Brought together by the seller over a time span of tens of years, the collection includes almost 1000 shares and bonds from almost 500 companies representing all major industries : from land development, sugar and textile industry, by railroads, shipping and canal building to metallurgical industry, consumer products, telecommunication and tourism. The collection also includes a wide variety of Egyptian government bonds. Spanning two centuries, the certificates also illustrate changes of cultural influences and economic power : for example, many securities have bilingual text, English-Arabic or French-Arabic, while others are only in English, French or Arabic.

Import and Production of Pharmaceuticals SAE Co.
10 Shares of 10 Egyptian Pounds, 1974
underprint of laboratory flasks surrounding the “Bowl of Hygeia”,
the pharmacist's symbol (a bowl with the serpent of wisdom)
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The collection was not sold in the auction and is still available. The entire collection is on view on the auctioneer's ScripoCollections.Com site.