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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 21, May 21, 2023, Article 23


Here is the announcement for the May 23, 2023 sale by Archives International Auctions. -Editor


The auction will be held by Archives International Auctions at their offices in River Edge, N.J.

Archives International Sale 85 cover front The May 23rd, 2023, Auction by Archives International Auctions consists of 693 lots of rare and desirable U.S., Chinese & World Banknotes, Scripophily, World Coins, Historic Ephemera, and Security Printing Ephemera. The auction includes 301 lots of World banknotes highlighted by 97 lots of rare and desirable Chinese banknotes and 25 lots of Canada banknotes. Also included are over 100 lot of historic U.S. Colonial banknotes, Colonial fiscal documents, U.S. Obsolete banknotes, Small and Large Type Notes, National Banknotes, and miscellaneous U.S. fiscal documents. Historic and Security Printing Ephemera includes 68 lots of rare and seldom seen items highlighted by an 1815 first account about the Battle of Orleans during the War of 1812 that is signed by Colonel Dyer as well as dozens of historic and interesting documents. The auction ends with 193 lots of U.S. and World scripophily.

We are privileged to offer numerous rare and desirable banknotes, historic ephemera and bonds and shares that are rarely seen at auction and include many examples we have never had the pleasure to offer previously, stated Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions. Included in our 85th auction are hundreds of items that will appeal to every level of collector and dealer.

  Lot 36. Bank of Canada, 1988, $50, Printers Essay DuraNote Polymer Plastic Banknote.
Lot 36
  Lot 51. Bank of China, 1912 Peking Branch Top Pop Issue Banknote
Lot 51

The auction begins with World Banknotes, from countries Afghanistan to Western Samoa, highlighted by 97 lots of Chinese banknotes, and bonds, with a majority of these notes from an old-time collection being offered for the first time at auction. The China banknote section is highlighted by a Bank of China, 1912, $1, Peking Highest Graded Branch Issue rarity; Canada includes 25 notes including an amazing Bank of Canada, 1988, $50 DuraNote Polymer Plastic Printer's Essay as well as 2 additional types on DuraNote Polymer plastic of the $20, 1991 Canada issue, all are graded by PMG. Hundreds of desirable banknotes are included in this auction that are sure to attract serious attention.

  Lot 396. Hawaii - WWII Emergency Issue, $20 Replacement, Fr# 2305, Series of 1934A
Lot 396
  Lot 397. N. Africa - WWII Emergency Issue, $1 Fr# 2306, Series of 1935A, PMG Superb Gem Unc 67 EPQ
Lot 397

Included in the U.S. section of over 100 banknotes are 6 lots of Colonial and Revolutionary U.S. period banknotes and fiscal documents; an attractive selection of obsolete banknotes, both in issued and proof condition, with many high-grade examples offered; a Citizens' Bank of Louisiana, 1840-50s, $1000 Remainder Obsolete Banknote; Large and small type notes include many desirable and high-grade examples including Replacement notes for the Series of 1934, $1, $5 and $20 denomination Hawaii emergency issues; U.S. Emergency Issue for North Africa, Series of 1935A, features a $1, PMG Superb Gem Unc 67 EPQ example as well as dozens of other Obsolete notes, Small and Large Type notes, and depression scrip notes are included.

The historic ephemera section includes an early Louisiana Territory, 1807 Court Summons to a witness of an alleged assault signed by early colonial notables; an 1846, Alabama estate appraisal that includes a detailed list the estate including naming 18 slaves; a 1882, Maysville and Big Sandy Railroad Stock Certificate signed by Confederate Civil War General John Echols; a 1931 letter signed by Thomas Watson of IBM fame as president of the Society of the Genesee, and dozens of other historic documents and ephemera. Security Printing Ephemera includes 31 lots of desirable items including Advertising Notes, Progress Proof Vignettes, and numerous related items.

  Lot 532. Standard Oil Trust, 1882, IC Stock Certificate with J.D. Rockefeller Signature
Lot 532

Scripophily is highlighted by an extremely rare Chevrolet Motor Company specimen stock certificate, ca. 1915, very possibly unique and the first time offered by us; a Standard Oil Trust stock certificate, dated 1882 and signed by J.D. Rockefeller as president; an All-America Football Conference ca. 1930-50s membership certificate specimen; a spectacular Death Valley Railroad Co., 1914, $100 I/U bond, as well as numerous historic and desirable bonds and shares in various categories from mining, to railroads to banking will be offered.

Previews will be by appointment only. We will do our best to accommodate anyone who desires additional information and photographs. For questions, please call 201-944-4800 or email

The online catalog for the Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, auction is on Archives International Auctions' website and can be viewed via the Archives International live bidding platform. It can also be viewed as a Virtual Catalog or downloadable Sale 85.pdf on their website. To pre-register for Live Internet Bidding, log on to the Archives International Auctions website, at

Archives International is now working on their late Summer and Fall 2023 auctions and are seeking quality consignments for future auctions or outright purchase including U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, stocks, bonds, stamps, postal history, historic ephemera, and autographs. To sell or consign one piece or an entire collection, please call AIA at (201) 944-4800; or email them at

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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