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


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