Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Not rare but pretty

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I like to collect the rarest pieces I can find. Sometimes I go for a more common example if I like the design and vignette. This one is a pretty certificate with not one but six vignette. Great work from the American Bank Note Company.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Not your typical Specimen

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I thought this is interesting about this bond. It is a beautiful piece engraved by the Hamilton Bank Note Company of New York. At first glance it looks like a specimen. It is not. It seems the Hamilton Bank Note Co. marked their proofs as specimens. It is made from India Paper (which is Chinese not Indian) backed by thick card stock. I would be interested to know of other examples.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spink Auction

Some interesting railroad stocks and bonds for auction. I count 48 American RR lots.
The auction is for May 22-23, 2013 in New York, New York. A few items have me interested in this auction.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A new "Land of Dixie" Stock

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With all of eBay's problems you do occasionally find a truly rare piece. This is the first stock of this railroad to appear in Cox. It's a Confederate Railroad which makes it scarce and especially appealing to me.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Archives International Auction XV

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The Archives International people have been busy as of late. Their latest effort has a nice selection of American Railroad Stocks & Bonds.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


 In the time frame I collect (pre-world war I American railroads), specimens are a scarce to rare item to add to my collection . A number of railroads have no issued or unissued certificates to collect so a specimen is the only known example. I recommend collector seek out a copy of April 2009 issue of Scripophily magazine and read the excellent article by Max D. Hensley on Specimens . Also check out Terry Cox information on specimens and proofs. Proofs are a subject for another day. These three specimen I have not listed on my website yet. I especially like the vignettes on these examples.

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