Wednesday, September 23, 2015


detail from the share certificate below
signature of the artist Tomasz in lower right border
double-click image to enlarge

Collector gems on Facebook
Last week a collector friend tagged me in a Facebook post. I was pleasantly suprised reading that he "nominated" me for the #scripophilychallenge. Cool. The idea is that, once nominated, you post an image of your favorite bond or share certificate on Facebook, explain briefly why you like it, and, important, that you nominate three other collector friends. Certainly an opportunity to discover what more scripophily gems are out there. Sounds like fun, doesn't it.

Ouéme-Dahomey share certificate designed by Tomasz
Compagnie de L'Ouémé-Dahomey
100 Francs share, Paris 1899
my "scripophilychallenge"

This is how it works 
According to the rules of the game, you have three days to react after you've been tagged in a #scripophilychallenge message. 
  1. Use the hashtag #scripophilychallenge in your post, that way others can click it and find all related posts.
  2. Upload your image and tell something about it.
  3. Nominate three other collector friends. Tag them in your post like this: type @ and then type the friend's name.
  4. Ask them to post their favorite certificate and nominate three more people within three days . 

Facebook stock certificate specimen
Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Be careful
Basically, the game is an online chain letter which contains a message that attempts to convince the recipients (the nominated ones) to make a number of copies of the message and then pass them on to a number of recipients. The scripophily community on Facebook isn't a big one, so be careful, try to nominate friends who have not been nominated yet. Otherwise, your friends might end up getting nominated ten times a week for the entire season.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

IBSS Mail Bid Auction - October 2015

The International Bond and Share Society, sets its next (members only) auction date to 2 October 2015. This auctions counts more than 200 lots, representing about 40 countries and an equal number of themes. 

Paleis voor Volksvlijt te Amsterdam
in English: Amsterdam Crystal Palace
Share of 2.5 Gulden, 1869
lot 138 in the auction
double-click image to enlarge
Founded 1856 to exploit a building for national and international exhibitions
 of industry, theatrical and musical performances. The palace, based on 
Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London, was completed near the Frederiksplein 
in Amsterdam, 1864. Erected with glass and iron, it was the creation of 
Cornelis Outshoorn. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed this building on 18 april 1929.
(Description: Boone catalogue 2009 March)
The Dutch word "Volksvlijt" can be interpreted as diligence by the people.  By the 
mid 19th century, modern society urged people to hard work because labor promoted 
health and gave joy to life. However, early socialist beliefs soon stated that the concept 
of "hard work" was only a means to create more wealth for the people in the upper classes.

foto van het Paleis voor Volksvlijt in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Crystal Palace, ca. 1890s
Source: Jacob Olie , via Wikimedia Commons

Practical auction info :
  • Date : October 2, 2015
  • Place : not applicable, this is a mail bid auction only
  • Auction catalogue can be downloaded here, where also the images of the lots can be viewed.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Archives International Auctions - Fall Auction 2015

lot 908 Pennsylvania Edison Company
Successor to Pennsylvania Utilities Company
First Mortgage Sinking Fund Gold Bond, Series A, specimen, ca. 1920s
The auction includes four more "Edison" named scripophily lots.

Archives International Part XXVIII
U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes, Coins, Scripophily, 
Historic Ephemera & Security Printing Ephemera

This auction contains approximately almost 600 lots of scripophily.

  • Date : 17 September, 2015
  • Place : Fort Lee, NJ 
  • Further info : see here


Monday, September 7, 2015


view of the city of Damascus and the Umayyad Mosque

Millions of Syrian families have left their destroyed country in search for better human conditions. So far, a few hundred thousand parents and children made a dangerous journey to Europe in order to find a better life. There are many more to come. Few of Europe's national leaders recognize the current scale of this tragedy and realize how the refugee problematics will evolve. These capable politicians are prepared to take fully fledged measures. Bravo Germany, "a strong country will manage", indeed.

Other European politicians do not dare to take the right decisions. They forgot that, long ago, our great-grandparents were also, in times of war, on the run with children and elderly. And our great-grandparents sought and found protection in European countries too.

Yes, this is not the usual scripophily post, but I feel upset about how slow some of our national leaders are addressing the situation. They should be aware that the decision whether or not to provide shelter, relief and care, is not a political but a humane one.


Société Foncière de Syrie
Share of 500 Francs, Paris, 1923
design by Lucien Leclerc
Source: Wertpapierwelt
double-click image to enlarge

Société Ottomane du Chemin de Fèr de Damas-Hamah et Prolongements
Share of 500 Francs, Constantinople, 1901
Printed by Chaix, Paris
Source: Wertpapierwelt

Société Anonyme de la Fabrication Ciments et de Produits Constructives
Nominative share, 1950, Aleppo
Source : Boone Auction Sep 2006

Syrian Ottoman Railway Company Limited
One preference share, 1893, London
Source: Wertpapierwelt

Tramways et Électricité de Damas Société Anonyme
share of 500 Francs, Brussels, 1928
printed by J. Verschueren
Source: Wertpapierwelt

Fabrication de la Bière, Société Anonyme Syrienne
Share of 200 Syrian Pounds, 1959, Aleppo
Source : Boone Auction Sep 2006