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AIA Offers U.S. and World Notes in April
By Kerry Rodgers, Bank Note Reporter
March 27, 2013

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On April 16 Dr. Robert Schwartz will present the 14th Archives International Auctions’ sale. It will again be conducted at his Fort Lee, N.J., offices with some 1,100 lots of U.S. and worldwide bank notes, scripophily and security printing ephemera on offer.

Notable among these is a further tranche of world notes from the “Hamtramck Collection” assembled by a career military officer over a 50 years commencing in the 1940s. Many of notes in this collection have not appeared on the market since they were first purchased.

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Those into historically important paper monies may well find much of interest in a group of bank notes from Waterlow & Sons. None of these have seen an auction block before. They include two different 1919 essays for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia designed by Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphons Maria Mucha and one for Bulgaria that may well be the work of the same artist.

These Waterlow offerings also contain original bank note artwork and advertising drafts by Waterlow artist Hugo Fleury ( These include hand-painted note vignettes from Portugal and China.

For those with a taste for paper money from Down Under, there is a complete set of Reserve Bank of Australia decimal specimens. One seen by your reporter is a so-called Type 3 $50 of 1974, signed by Phillips/Wheeler. It is graded PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ and catalogs in Australia at $32,500.

Among the U.S. bank notes are two superb presentation proofs that originally came from the same Bureau of Engraving and Printing presentation book, c. 1906-07. One consists of a $10 Treasury issue, series of 1890. The other is a Philippines Islands $2 Silver Certificate, series of 1906.

Both come mounted on a large-size album pages on white thin card stock. Both last saw an auction block in Stack’s 2010 Philadelphia Americana Sale. Either would make an excellent trophy note for any U.S. or Philippines collection.

And, if you are into scripophily, I noted this particular section of the sale includes an example of a John D. Rockefeller and Henry Flagler signed Standard Oil stock certificate. There is quite a bit of U.S. history to be had from this one item.

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

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