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AIA marks 50th auction milestone

Archives International Auctions has announced it will celebrate auction #50 on Dec. 3-4. This milestone event will occur in The Collectors Club, 22 East 35th Street, New York.

The catalog was still a work in progress at the time of writing, but it looked set to list at least 500 lots of U.S. and world currency notes along with autographs, scripophily, and security printing ephemera.

The 1875 $10/$20 National Bank Note pair of the Central National Bank of Washington, D.C. (Fr.419/434) that will be offered in AIA’s December NY sale. It grades PCGS Very Fine 30 with minor restorations. (Image courtesy Archives International Auctions)

Uncut sheets of U.S. bank issues have been a significant feature of past AIA sales. The 50th anniversary sale will be no exception. Among lots cataloged to date are an uncommon 1875 $10/$20 National Bank Note pair of the Central National Bank of Washington, D.C. (Fr.419/434). For the historians out there, the backs depict De Soto beholding the Mississippi and the baptism of Pocahontas. The pair comes in an eminently collectible PCGS Very Fine 30 with minor restorations.

For collectors with a penchant for issues related to the Emerald Isle, there is an uncut sheet of three $5s of the future Irish Republic dated 17 March 1866 (P-S101) – redeemable 6 months after independence was achieved. Printed by Continental Bank Note Company, the trio is graded PMG About Uncirculated 53.

But for those into more recent U.S. currency, how about a sheet of 6 Reno, Nev., First National Bank $5s of 1929 (Fr-1800-2)? The grade is PMG Choice About Unc 58 EPQ.

World rarities are to the fore. Noted among them is a progressive proof of a Russian Government credit note of 1918 for 25 rubles (P-39A). The grade is a desirable PCGS Gem New 65 PPQ.

From the Caribbean, there is a similar proof of a 1905 National Bank of the Danish West Indies 100 francs printed as a uniface specimen (cf. P-20). It would provide a significant highlight in any world collection, especially given its PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ grade.

For World War II enthusiasts, there is a high-grade Australian Camp Seven Bank Hay Interment Camp 1941 two shillings of 1 March 1941 signed by Mendel/Stahl (S-B 553a). This is the note with messages in its barbed wire design. It is being offered in a most acceptable PCGS Choice About New 58PPQ.

Spotted among 100+ Chinese notes being cataloged is an example of a scarce issued 1907 Deutsch-Asiatische Bank $1 drawn on Shanghai (P-S283a; S/M#T101-1c). It is in PMG Choice Fine 15 NET with repairs.

Handsome HKSBC Hong Kong specimen $1 of the 1904-1913 issue (P-155s) that will go to the block graded PMG 64 Net Choice Uncirculated. (Image courtesy Archives International Auctions)

Alternatively, how about a high-grade Imperial Chinese Railways $1 of 1899 also issued at Shanghai (P-A59; S/M#S13-1)? Or even a handsome HKSBC Hong Kong specimen $1 of the 1904-1913 issue (P-155s) that will go the block in PMG 64 Net Choice Uncirculated.

The Banco Nacional de Chile 20 pesos specimen (P-S335s), part of the quartet of 1878-1879 issue specimens on offer. It comes graded PCGS Choice AU 58PPQ. (Image courtesy Archives International Auctions)

South American collectors are well catered to. Among items on offer is a specimen quartet c. 1878-1879 from Banco Nacional de Chile: 1 peso (P-S331s), 2 pesos (P-S332s), 10 pesos (P-S334s), and 20 pesos (P-S335s). All four are from the Christies’ Nov. 1990 ABN Archives sale and grade PCGS EF45 through Choice AU 58PPQ.

From Banco Central De Venezuela is an uncut block of 4 specimens of the 2 bolivares of 1989 (P-69s) graded PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ.

Most desirable Gem Uncirculated PMG 65 EPQ Puerto Rican 5 pesos specimen of 1894 (P-26s). (Image courtesy Archives International Auctions)

Full details, including estimates and bidding information, are posted at the Archives International website: www.ArchivesInternational.com.

For a hard copy of the catalog, email info@archivesinternational.com or write to Archives International Auctions, 1580 Lemoine Ave, Suite #7, Fort Lee, NJ 07024.


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