Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Digest of scripophily readings XIV

New online scripophily articles and references, September 2014

The oldest Siemens share is an American one !
Dr. Roland Schmidt tells us a remarkable story about the two Siemens brothers Friedrich  and Werner and their achievements in gas and electrical lighting. Check out his latest post "Oldest Siemens Share Certificate".

American Security Printers Guide
The American Society of Check Collectors (ASCC) is non-profit organization of collectors of checks and other financial documents like drafts, bills of exchange, promissory notes et cetera. See some nice examples here. Interesting for us, the ASCC maintains a Security Printers Guide. You can download a PDF version here. In this list of more than 70 pages, check the 'Type' column for the letter "s" in order to find the names of printers of stock and bond certificates.

Shares for Children
A lot of kids are fascinated by the heroes on the big screen created by DREAMWORKS, Disney and Pixar. At the age of ten, my favorite pastime was playing with MATCHBOX cars. Nonvaleurs News's online issue of last August brings a special about "Children" shares. See here, for the English and there for the German edition. 

The History of Derivatives
The Museum of American Finance organizes a college level class titled The History of Derivatives (17th Century - present). See here for the outline of the program. The Museum offers several 45-60 minute classroom programs, by request only, taught in the education center by museum educators and industry professionals. Standard classes cost $250 and advanced classes cost $500. Classes can accommodate up to 40 people and include museum admission. An overview of other classes can be found here. A good idea for a school trip in New York !

Scripophiliy Magazine from IBSS, issue April 2014
Ten reasons to join IBSS

Scripophily Magazine
The International Bond and Share Society (IBSS) recently announced their last issue of Scripophily magazine on their Facebook page, see here.  I'll come back to this later. In the mean time, in addition to the online sources above, the second last April 2014 No.94 issue of Scripophily magazine contains the following stories :
  • World Top One Hundred, the 100 highest prices since IBSS was founded in 1978
  • Catalogue of Shares, by the Serbian Numismatics Society
  • Stamp Taxes on Nevada Stock Certificates, an online publication (link in the magazine).
  • Rare Comstock certificates, about the Wells Fargo Mining Co.
  • Cox's Corner : The funny thing about valuing collectibles
  • The Ducktown Desert and the Case of Tennessee Copper
  • Country Survey : the Netherlands Indies
  • Belgian Economic Activities in Romania before the Great War
  • other periodical topics : society matters, news, bourse reviews, auction reviews, events calendar, member classifieds, book reviews, interviews and lots of pictures of collector friends and scripophily.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IBSS - Mail bid auction October 2014

logo International Bond and Share Society ( IBSS)

The International Bond and Share Society, sets its next (members only) auction date to 3 October 2014. This auctions counts 175 lots, representing more than 30 countries and an equal number of themes.

Kassala (Sudan) Gold Mines, certificate for 2,000 shares
Kassala (Sudan) Gold Mines Limited
Certificate for 2000 shares of 2 Shillings, 1939

  • Date : October 3, 2014
  • Place : not applicable, this is a mail bid auction only
  • Practical info, see here  
  • Auction catalogue can be downloaded here, and images of the lots are listed there 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Archives International Auctions - Hong Kong Fall Auction 2014

Auction catalogue Archives International Auctions Hong Kong Chinese and Asian Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins
Archives International Auctions
Hong Kong 3, September 2014
Chinese and Asian Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins

Bond certificate from Shanghai Telephone Company with  IT&T System logo expressed in Silver Dollars
Shanghai Telephone Company
company logo mentions " IT&T System"
double-click image to enlarge
Shanghai, 1933 specimen
$1000 6% 1st Mortgage Silver Dollar Debenture, Series B

The Silver Dollar was introduced 
in 1914
as the national currency of the Republic of China.

This auction contains 15 lots of China related scripophily.

  • Date : 27 September, 2014
  • Place : Hong Kong
  • Further info : see here