Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Puzzling scripophily - No. 1

Unleash your detective skills !
We are looking for a particular company. The following three visual clues will help you solve this puzzle. These are details from one of the company's share certificates.

  • How to take part ? Submit your replies in the comments section of this post, or in any other way.
  • What's in it for you ? The first correct answer yields eternal fame. 
  • When will the solution be revealed ? Check this particular blog post.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Archives International Auctions sells American, Hispanic and World Wide securities in River Edge, New Jersey

Over the last 12 years Archives International Auctions has been offering banknotes, coins, scripophily, autographs and security printing ephemera in more than 50 auctions. Their next sale takes place on Thursday, June 20th 2019 at their offices in River Edge, New Jersey. 

The scripophily part in this auction sale includes about 450 lots of antique stocks and bonds from the USA, Mexico, China and much more. Here are some of these stunning items.

The Jiangxi Soviet, also known as the Chinese Soviet Republic, was established by Mao Zedong and others in November 1931. The short-lived state was made up from discontiguous territories that now belong to China and Mongolia. Issued in 1936, this 1 yuan construction bond bears the name and seal of Mao Zedong. Lot 186 in the sale.

This 1000 Pesos specimen bond, printed in the 1880s, emerged from the American Bank Note Company Archives. The Banco Agrícola was founded in 1868. Its initial headquarters were located at Santiago de Chili in the house of Melchor de Concha y Toro who became a Minister of Finance and a wine-maker. Lot 687 in the auction

The Akron Street Railway and Illuminating Company was incorporated in 1896 with an initial capital of $1.5 million. This $1000 First Consolidated Mortgage Five Per Cent Gold Bond specimen, 1896, is equally rare as it is grandiose in design. Lot 974 

There is much more to tell about this auction, but the most interesting way is to see for yourself. So here are the auction details :

  • New Location : River Edge, New Jersey
  • Date : 20 June 2019
  • Further info : see here, live and absentee bidding here and a downloadable PDF catalogue there