Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AIA's forthcoming numismatic auction to feature rare American railways

Spread over three sessions, Archives International Auctions 56th Sale features over 1000 lots of  banknotes, coins, security printing ephemera, historic documents and autographs. About 400 lots of U.S., Chinese & worldwide scripophily are included. 

The auction features part two of the Stephen Beck Collection of CSX predecessor companies. Included are dozens of rare and stunning stocks and bonds.

Florida and Southern Railroad Main line bond from 1892

The Florida Southern Railroad Company, Main Line 6% Gold Bond of  $1000, 1892, specimen
The FSR, formerly known as the Florida Southern Railway, was developed by railway and hotel entrepreneur Henry Bradley Plant. Part of the Stephen Beck Collection, lot 696 in the sale, and extremely rare

This AIA sale further contains great securities from the American Bank Note Archives. A rich mix of international stocks and bonds represent countries like Bolivia, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom et cetera.

Banco de Colombia with vignette of painting by John Vanderlyn

This Banco de Colombia specimen bond dates from the early 1900s. Its vignette shows the Landing of Columbus, a painting from the American John Vanderlyn. The work, showing Columbus and his crew claiming land on San Salvador Island (Bahamas), can be admired in the central rotunda of the United States Capital in Washington, D.C. Lot 212 in the sale, a finding from the ABN archives.

Here are the sale's details, so you can discover much more for yourself :
  • Location : River Edge, New Jersey
  • Date : Nov 21, 2019
  • Further info : see here, AIA's online catalogue with full color images, here, and PDF version there 


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