Friday, July 7, 2017

Over 1000 lots in Archives International Auctions Summer Internet Sale

AIA's 43rd sale features U.S. & worldwide banknotes, scripophily, coins and historic ephemera. The auction includes nearly 800 lots of antique stock and bond certificates largely from the American Bank Note Company Archives. 

For sale are certificates from famous companies like Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, General Motors and Boeing. Most U.S. themes are represented - automobiles, aviation, mining, navigation, steel, oil, utilities, state & city, and lots more. The railroad section counts over 250 lots. Among China, Canada, Cuba, Israel and other countries, there is an interesting series of Chile scripophily.

Banco Hipotecario de Chile
1000 Pesos, series B 6% specimen bond , early 1900s
printed by the American Bank Note Company
lot 1127 in the auction
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Nice engraving work from the American Bank Note Company can be seen on Banco Hipotecario de Chile specimen bonds. Their main vignette show the arms of Chile, which was designed by the Irish-born artist and engineer Charles Chatworthy Wood Taylor (1792 – 1856).  
Charles Wood Tayler emigrated to the United States in 1817. In Boston he earned a living as a landscape painter. The U.S. government hired Wood Taylor in 1819 to embark on a scientific expedition that took him to the coast of Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. The following year he accepted the post of Lieutenant of Artillery of the Army of Chile, and was added to the corps of engineers. After taking part in several military activities Wood Taylor was promoted to the rank of Captain of Engineers. He designed the coat of arms of Chile which was adopted in 1834. Wood Taylor also designed the first stamps of Chile. Other Chilean bonds in the auction show variations in the arms.

Auction details
  • Date : 18 July 2017
  • Locaton : This is an Internet only auction.
  • Further info : see here, catalogue there