Thursday, October 24, 2019

Spink London announces its e-auction of world bonds & share certificates

Spink and Son Ltd was founded in London in 1666. The company specialises in the auctioning of  stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and wines. It's latest sale went online earlier this week and ends at 11AM, November 5. Exactly 377 lots of scripophily will go on Spink's E-block.  

At stake are antique stocks and bonds from many countries. Sections include Africa, Australasia, China and Asia, Collections and groups, Europe, Great Britain, Panama Canal, Russia, the Americas, and the United States. Here is a small selection of the offers.

National Skating Palace share certificate

The National Skating Palace Limited was set up to build and operate a skating ring. When the company failed, its premises were later rebuilt into the London Palladium. This 1895 share certificate is signed by James Drake Digby, founder of the National Skating Association and Gordon Cameron, creator of the Glasgow Real Ice Skating Palace. 
Lot 246 in the auction

Macina-Niger, a decorative share related to Mali

Société Anonyme Française de Colonisation Macina-Niger, 100 Francs share, 1921, Toulouse
This is one of the most appealing French colonial shares showing lots of African animals in the Macina, the Inner Niger Delta, an area in central Mali. The artist expressed his own view on the French colonial empire in a subtle way. Note how two Africans are arduously bearing Industry and Commerce, represented by the angels on top. Mercury, god of finance, and Ceres, goddess of agriculture, are ignoring them.
Lot 60 in the sale

Lot 78 is a $1000 Danish Producers Loan Fund Committee Guaranteed 5% Gold Bond, part of a 1928 loan of $26,000,000 due 1935. This specimen from the Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co archive is reportedly the only one known. No issued examples seen. 

Leopoldina Estrada de Ferro bond from 1884

Companhia Leopoldina Estrada de Ferro, 6.5% bond of 200 milreis, 1884, Rio de Janeiro
In 1872 Antonio Paulo de Mello Barreto - see facsimile signature as President - received a concession to build a railway line to connect the coffee regions of Minas Gerais with the network operating the coastal regions. Click the image to enlarge and admire the lettering work by Lith. Paulo Robin & Cia.
Lot 301 in the auction

More auction details :

  • Location : this is an Internet only sale
  • End date : November 5
  • Further info : see here


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Exhibition "Bayerische Werte"

From tomorrow on you can visit "Bayerische Werte", a unique exhibition on scripophily from Bayern. The event takes place at the IHK-Stammhaus für Munich und Oberbayern and presents stocks and bonds from the immense Uto Baader Collection.

Bayerische Werte, "securities from Bavaria", is jointly organized by the Bayerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv (BWA) and its founders, the Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and Industrie (IHK's). In the twenty-five years of its existence, the BWA has collected original documents from more than 2,500 companies. Archives of more than 170 companies have been taken over. 

"Haus für Handel und Gewerbe" in München, 1000 Mk. bond, 1899
The building illustrated on this bond was built by Munich's Chambre of Commerce and the Münchner Börse between 1899 and 1901. It still exists and is located at Maximiliansplatz 8, Munich, just around the corner of the current headquarters of the IHK für München und Oberbayern.
image courtesy : Bayerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv, Uto Baader Collection

On the occasion of BWA's 25th anniversary, Uto Baader, founder of the Baader Bank and Chairman of the Bayerische Börse, entrusted the BWA his tremendous collection of historic Bavarian securities (about 4,500 certificates).

With her team, Dr. Eva Moser, manager of the BWA, carefully made a selection from that collection. These gems, spanning more than two centuries, both illustrate the economic history of Bavaria and the artistry of Bavarian security design. Fifty-six of these have been printed and enlarged in high resolution with accompanying explanation notes on display panels. 

Actienbrauerei zum Löwenbräu in München, 100 Thaler founder's share, 1873
The history of the brewery traces back to the Late Middle Ages. Löwenbräu has been served at every Oktoberfest in Munich since 1810.
image courtesy : Bayerisches Wirtschaftsarchiv, Uto Baader Collection

Practical info "Bayerische Werte"

  • Duration : 9 October to 5 November 2019
  • Location : Atrium of the IHK für München und Oberbayern,  Max-Joseph-Straße 2, München
  • Opening hours : Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Entrance fee: free
  • further information : Ausstellung "Bayerische Werte" 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Razor pioneer for sale at Archives International Auctions

Archives International Auctions' next sale is set for October 10, 2019. This live and online sale counts 1187 lots of American and worldwide banknotes, bonds and shares and security printing ephemera.  More than 500 lots of antique bonds and shares from the USA, China, Russia, Mexico and many more countries are ready to be hammered in AIA's offices in River Edge, New Jersey.

The American Bank Note Company 
"comprising American Bank Note Co, National Bank Note Co, Continental Bank Note Co"
Consolidated Agreement 1904 specimen stock certificate
Lot 584 in the auctionincludes a 1859 letter announcing the merger of ABN's predecessors 

Lot 338 comprises a 25,000 Rubles - high denomination - specimen bond from the Imperial Russian Government 5.5% Short Term War Loan 1916.

This event features part 1 of the Stephen Beck Collection of railroad bonds and shares, as well as  additional selections from the John E. Herzog Collection. These items, extremely rare if not unique, have been put together over several decades. 

The Staten Island Railway Company
First Mortgage Gold 4.5% $1000 specimen bond, 1893, lot 1055
from the Stephen Beck Collection

Durham Duplex Razor Company, 1908 specimen stock certificate, vignette of man shaving with text "The Correct Diagonal Stroke". Founded in New York, 1908, the company started manufacturing in Mystic, New Jersey. Two years later another production plant was set up in Sheffield, UK, which still exists today. Ex John E. Herzog Collection, lot 672 in the sale

Many more wonderful antique securities can be seen in the auctioneer's catalog. Practical info :
  • Date : October 10, 2019
  • Location : River Edge, New Jersey
  • More info : see here, live and absentee bidding there
  • PDF auction catalog : here