Tuesday, April 18, 2017

European collectors pay of rarity.

As some of you know I am selling my certificates that are not Missouri or Confederate railroads. I have been using mostly eBay with limited success. A number of my certificates are rare or scarce and uncancelled. Certificates that do sell I usually end on the short end of the stick with eBay and paypal fees. Lowering the price to get some bidding between collectors means some one gets a bargain at my expense. So I made a decision to list certificate on ebay as I have been doing  and give US collectors a chance to get them at fair price but when they don't sell I am consigning to the European auction houses. I wanted to do this for a while and reading Terry Cox latest post convince me that this is a sound move.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Muscogee Railroad Stock Certificate

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I have added this rare piece of the Muscogee Railroad Co. to my inventory for sale or trade. It is dated 1859. Cox shows no examples in his database.

History: Chartered in 1845 it ran for 50 miles between Columbus to Butler Georgia. Construction started in 1847. The company merged with the Southwestern Railroad in 1856 but continued to use it's old name.

reference: Georgia Railroad History and Heritage

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Added a Confederate piece.

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A special stock issue of the Savannah, Albany and Gulf Railroad with a guaranteed 7 % dividend payment. It's dated May 7, 1861 a few weeks after the Civil War started. Only one listed in Cox.

History: Chartered in 1847 as the Savannah and Gulf Railroad. It's name was changed in 1854 to Savannah, Albany and Gulf Rail Road. It operated the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad until it merged with it in 1863 under the Atlantic and Gulf name. It was a minor player in the Civil War effort with  light traffic and failure to get additional track to expand it's route to more critical areas. General Sherman in his infamous March to the Sea did manage to destroy 40 miles of it's track in 1864.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Addition to inventory 7/10/2016

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I have added some pieces for trade or to sell. I will be adding them to my website in the next few weeks. This is one of my new ones with an attractive vignette. Only four known in Cox not a common certificate.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Signed by one of the "Big Four"

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I have not listed this one on my website. Relatively common with a Cox rarity of R4. It is not cancelled and dated Aug. 11, 1890. It is signed as president Collis P. Huntington. Hopefully anyone with an interest in American railroad history knows this gentleman. If not check this link out Collis P. Huntington .

This is an interesting example with dividend coupons. I have not seen a common stock with dividend coupons before. One word about this piece it is glued to a cardboard backing. It was at one time in a frame! My most hated way to display a stock certificate. For this reason I bought it at a reduced price. It is available for sale or trade.

Monday, December 28, 2015

New arrivals for Christmas 2015

Two additions with great vignettes by the American Bank Note Company. They are available for trade or sale.
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