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Archives International Auctions LLC

Auction 70 - Wednesday, September 22, 2021

U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily, Historic Financial Ephemera and Security Printing Ephemera offered in over 878 lots. Live Gallery and Catalog sale, to be held at our offices in River Edge, NJ and online.

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1060 Main Street, Suite 202, River Edge, NJ 07661 U.S.A.

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

RIVER EDGE, N.J. – The September 22, 2021 auction by Archives International Auctions is highlighted by hundreds of rare and desirable banknotes, scripophily and historic U.S. Colonial and U.S documents rarely seen at auction. The Auction 70 catalog will consist of 878 lots of rare and desirable U.S., Chinese & World Banknotes, Scripophily, Historic Financial Ephemera and Security Printing Ephemera.

“We are excited to offer early U.S. and Colonial fiscal documents from a new find as well as banknotes, bonds and shares that have been off the market for decades or are new to the collecting world”, stated Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions. “Included in the upcoming auction are rare and desirable numismatic items that will enhance the collections of every level of collector and dealer”.

The auction is highlighted by 31 Colonial and Revolutionary U.S. period fiscal documents from a new find. The section begins with a 1753 Pennsylvania Land Deed signed by Simon Matthews, One of the founding fathers of Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Additional pre and post-Independence colonial documents include pay warrants for paying widows of P.O.W.’s captured during the war; payments to Company Commanders to pay bounties to men to enlist in their Battalions; Promissory notes signed by Oliver Ellsworth, Oliver Wolcott and other revolutionary war notables as well as Continental Army and State of Connecticut Pay Table warrants signed by Fenn Wadsworth, Revolutionary War General and other early U.S. founding notables.

World Banknotes are highlighted by over 300 rare notes from old estates and collections including the Allen Berk Collection. One of the many highlights in the auction features a desirable Lebanon, Banque de Syrie et du Grand-Liban, 25 Piastres, P-2 in VF condition; China is represented by over 30 lots of banknotes and 14 lots of Bonds; A rare and very desirable Palestine, 1 Pound, 1927 banknote rarity is offered; There are 30 lots of Russian issues dating from 1898 to 1961 with many high grade examples offered; High grade African notes are offered including a Senegal, West Africa, 5000 Francs note that grades PMG Gem Unc 65 EPQ. Also included are hundreds of rare and desirable banknotes with many interesting group lots from an old-time dealer’s stock as well as items from old estate collections and consignments.

The U.S. section begins with 31 lots of desirable Colonial and Early U.S. Revolutionary period fiscal documents from a new find. The Colonial section is followed by 14 lots of Obsolete and Fractional banknotes followed by 19 lots of U.S. Small and Large National banknotes, highlighted by a rare Catskills bank, The Home National Bank of Ellenville, New York, $10, 1929 Type 1 with only 9 small notes known on the bank; 3 different 1929 small type from Florida banks including the Exchange National Bank of Tampa, Series of 1929, Type 2; additional Southern and South Eastern notes from Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia; Other Nationals include notes from Minnesota, New York, Utah, and Oregon, highlighted by a forbidden title “United States National Bank of Portland, $20, Series of 1902 PB in Choice VF condition. An attractive $1,000 F.R.N., Cleveland, Ohio, Series of 1934-A, District D, in VF- Choice VF condition is offered and is sure to attract attention. 4 Lots of 1907 and 1933 Depression Scrip are offered followed by 2 lots of M.P.C. highlighted by a Vietnam War “Turnkey Commissary Receipt” Scrip note Specimen with production related items that was issued by a private and Government appointed contractor to build airports in Vietnam during the war. The Security Printing Ephemera section includes 30 lots of rare and desirable items including production proofs, vignettes, advertising pieces and related items. Highlights include an 1837, Burton & Gurley Bank Note Engravers Proof Advertising sheet; a proof Continental Bank Note Company business card-Letterhead; an 1870, Heath’s Infallible Counterfeit Detector at Sight with 11 engraved plates; a Reed, Stiles, Pelton & Co., Banknote Engravers Advertising note; and numerous additional desirable and rare items. The Security Printing Ephemera section is followed by 14 lots of U.S. & World checks, drafts and exchanges dating from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s. Historic Ephemera follows with 43 lots of rarely seen and desirable items including and 1863, New York, Application for a drafted persons Civil War Substitute paying the substitute $300 as well as a second example of a person volunteering as a substitute soldier for $300; a Selma, Alabama, 1863 Confederate States letter regarding slave purchases for $26 per month by the government (C.S.A.) for use at the Shelby Iron Works; a historic 1865 Union Army Discharge Certificate for Robert Brown, a Black Private in the 2nd Louisiana Native Guards which was given at Ship Island, Mississippi; an outstanding Civil War, 1862-63 Application for Prize Money for Ship Captures and Naval Discharge Papers with additional supporting documents (4); a City of New York, 1865 “William “Boss” Tweed signed document for supplies and cleaning public offices; and, numerous other interesting and rare historic documents and ephemera.

U.S. Federal Bonds, Liberty Loans and U.S. & Hawaiian Fiscal Documents and Bonds include 9 lots highlighted by an extremely rare and attractive pair of 1882, “Hawaiian Government Stock” Bonds for $100 and $500 with partial coupons included. Each has a portrait of King Kalakaua at the left with the Hawaii arms in the middle, with coupons attached at the bottom. There are portions where the folds have been archivally reinforced to protect from splitting. Rare and attractive bonds with no more than 2 or 3 printed of each bond.

The U.S. and World Scripophily session will include 319 scripophily lots including the topics of Automobiles, Railroads, Transportation, Banking and Finance, World, Famous names, and many other desirable topics. Highlights of the scripophily section includes a 1996 Specimen Berkshire Hathaway, stock certificate with a Warren Buffett facsimile signature; 2 different Standard Oil Trust certificates dated 1882 and signed by J.D. Rockefeller; an American Express, 1873 stock certificate signed by William Fargo and Henry Wells; a Lehman Brothers Holdings specimen stock certificate; a 1988 Apple Computer Specimen stock certificate; over 80 lots of World Scripophily highlighted by an issued Maritime Canal Company of Nicaragua bond for $100 by ABNC; an 1890, Ferrocarril Nacional De Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, Specimen Railroad Bond, possibly unique; a unique Ecuador, Compania de Ferrocarril de Guayaquil, 1888 Specimen bond; and, numerous other desirable and rare World bonds and Shares. The world section is followed by mining, navigation, oil and gas, railroads, and additional topics with highlights including a 1912, General Electric specimen bond rarity; and an 1855, Michigan, Stonington Mining Co., Issued and uncancelled stock certificate. There are over 180 railroad bonds and shares highlighted by an Alaska, Council City & Solomon River Railroad Co., 1905 I/U stock certificate rarity; an amazing and unique, 1889, Saint Paul City Railway Co., $500 Specimen bond with a horse pulled train on top; and dozens of additional outstanding bonds and shares from numerous different topics.

Previews will be limited and by appointment only and we will be observing strict safety precautions including the wearing of masks and observing social distancing to protect our team as well as our guests. 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 Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 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 70.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 Fall and Winter 2021-2022 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.

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