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Rare 1792 Bond Tops Lots Offered
By Kerry Rodgers, Bank Note Reporter
September 17, 2013

This article was originally printed in Bank Note Reporter.
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The 16th Archives International Auctions’ sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The Oct. 19 session will be held at the Museum of American Finance located at 48 Wall Street, New York City, where AIA is the auctioneer for the Third Annual Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show. The Oct. 22 session will take place in AIA’s Fort Lee offices, N.J.

That first session is heavy on non-numismatic but historically important items. It begins with The First Hour Collection of significant documents and objects. These include an Edison Stock Ticker, a piece of the original cable from the Brooklyn Bridge and other items from Tiffany, Baccarat and Pelikan.

Next up will be The Copps Collection of historic colonial fiscal paper, documents and stock and bond certificates put together lovingly some 30 years ago. It is highlighted by a spectacular 1792-dated U.S. federal bond issued to and signed by George Washington while president. This is the first time such an instrument has been offered for public auction.

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For those who need something for the office wall the sale includes three Standard Oil Co. stock certificates signed by John D. Rockefeller and three certificates carrying the signature of Thomas Edison. Aviation autographs include those of Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Buffalo Bill Cody.

A major highlight of this segment of the auction is provided by a historic Series 1935A Silver Certificate snorter signed by President Harry Truman, Joe E. Brown, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, George C. Marshall, H.H. Arnold, William H. Leahy, James Byrnes (Secretary of State), Gen. Anthony Clement “Nuts” McAuliffe, and Evangeline Booth (Salvation Army) among others. In VF condition this snorter sold for $4,600 in 2002 at R.M. Smythe’s sale 225, lot 484.

U.S. and world notes feature in the Oct. 22 session. U.S. collectors have a wide choice of 100+ Confederate bank notes and bonds, colonial bank notes, obsolete bank notes, Fractional Currency, and large and small federal issues. The latter include an 1896 “Educational” $1, $2 and $5 in high grade, the latter bearing the infamous “Banned in Boston” bare-breasted Electricity. And for those with a penchant for Mormon issues there is a VF-25 example of a Kirtland Safety Society Bank $5 of 1837 bearing the signature of Joseph Smith (obsolete bank, OH-245-G10).

The world note section is highlighted by a United Arab Emirates five-note specimen set, a China Hupeh Government Cash Bank 1904 rarity, a Banque De l’Indochine specimen 1,000 piastres, and a significant number of seldom seen Mexican rarities from the Banco period and Bono De Caja. The latter includes a discovery note.

The Oct. 22 session will also offer a wealth of historic Wells Fargo ephemera from a collection assembled over a 100 years ago. None has previously seen an auction block. It includes unique documents, broadsides, exchanges and fiscal paper.

For further information or an auction catalog contact, Archives International Auctions: 1580 Lemoine Ave, Suite 7, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024, or phone (201) 944-4800, or fax (201) 871-4345, or email, or check out the website

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