Friday, September 26, 2014

HWPH - Auction 35 and 36

HWPH Auction 35
cover image: Bergbau-Aktien-Gesellschaft Medio-Rhein
in English : Medio-Rhein Mining Company
Share of 100 Thaler Prussian courant, 1858
design by Theodor Mintrop

early share certificate from  the Real Compañia de San Fernando de Sevilla
Real Compañia de San Fernando de Sevilla
Share of 250 Pesos, 1748
double-click image to enlarge

HWPH Online Auction 36
cover image: Société Foncière de Syrie
in English: Land Company of Syria
share of 3000 Francs

  • Date: 18 October 2014  - Auction 35 ;  20 October 2014 - Auction 36
  • Place: Auction 35, Wiesbaden, GERMANY 
  • Further info, see here 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Digest of scripophily readings XIV

New online scripophily articles and references, September 2014

The oldest Siemens share is an American one !
Dr. Roland Schmidt tells us a remarkable story about the two Siemens brothers Friedrich  and Werner and their achievements in gas and electrical lighting. Check out his latest post "Oldest Siemens Share Certificate".

American Security Printers Guide
The American Society of Check Collectors (ASCC) is non-profit organization of collectors of checks and other financial documents like drafts, bills of exchange, promissory notes et cetera. See some nice examples here. Interesting for us, the ASCC maintains a Security Printers Guide. You can download a PDF version here. In this list of more than 70 pages, check the 'Type' column for the letter "s" in order to find the names of printers of stock and bond certificates.

Shares for Children
A lot of kids are fascinated by the heroes on the big screen created by DREAMWORKS, Disney and Pixar. At the age of ten, my favorite pastime was playing with MATCHBOX cars. Nonvaleurs News's online issue of last August brings a special about "Children" shares. See here, for the English and there for the German edition. 

The History of Derivatives
The Museum of American Finance organizes a college level class titled The History of Derivatives (17th Century - present). See here for the outline of the program. The Museum offers several 45-60 minute classroom programs, by request only, taught in the education center by museum educators and industry professionals. Standard classes cost $250 and advanced classes cost $500. Classes can accommodate up to 40 people and include museum admission. An overview of other classes can be found here. A good idea for a school trip in New York !

Scripophiliy Magazine from IBSS, issue April 2014
Ten reasons to join IBSS

Scripophily Magazine
The International Bond and Share Society (IBSS) recently announced their last issue of Scripophily magazine on their Facebook page, see here.  I'll come back to this later. In the mean time, in addition to the online sources above, the second last April 2014 No.94 issue of Scripophily magazine contains the following stories :
  • World Top One Hundred, the 100 highest prices since IBSS was founded in 1978
  • Catalogue of Shares, by the Serbian Numismatics Society
  • Stamp Taxes on Nevada Stock Certificates, an online publication (link in the magazine).
  • Rare Comstock certificates, about the Wells Fargo Mining Co.
  • Cox's Corner : The funny thing about valuing collectibles
  • The Ducktown Desert and the Case of Tennessee Copper
  • Country Survey : the Netherlands Indies
  • Belgian Economic Activities in Romania before the Great War
  • other periodical topics : society matters, news, bourse reviews, auction reviews, events calendar, member classifieds, book reviews, interviews and lots of pictures of collector friends and scripophily.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IBSS - Mail bid auction October 2014

logo International Bond and Share Society ( IBSS)

The International Bond and Share Society, sets its next (members only) auction date to 3 October 2014. This auctions counts 175 lots, representing more than 30 countries and an equal number of themes.

Kassala (Sudan) Gold Mines, certificate for 2,000 shares
Kassala (Sudan) Gold Mines Limited
Certificate for 2000 shares of 2 Shillings, 1939

  • Date : October 3, 2014
  • Place : not applicable, this is a mail bid auction only
  • Practical info, see here  
  • Auction catalogue can be downloaded here, and images of the lots are listed there 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Archives International Auctions - Hong Kong Fall Auction 2014

Auction catalogue Archives International Auctions Hong Kong Chinese and Asian Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins
Archives International Auctions
Hong Kong 3, September 2014
Chinese and Asian Banknotes, Scripophily & Coins

Bond certificate from Shanghai Telephone Company with  IT&T System logo expressed in Silver Dollars
Shanghai Telephone Company
company logo mentions " IT&T System"
double-click image to enlarge
Shanghai, 1933 specimen
$1000 6% 1st Mortgage Silver Dollar Debenture, Series B

The Silver Dollar was introduced 
in 1914
as the national currency of the Republic of China.

This auction contains 15 lots of China related scripophily.

  • Date : 27 September, 2014
  • Place : Hong Kong
  • Further info : see here


Monday, September 1, 2014

Exhibition & Reference book: Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum

Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Strassenbahnen
1000 Mark share certificate, 1896

The exhibition Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum presents Bochum’s industrial  and financial history in 138 real size reproductions of antique securities and documents. The major part of the papers represented in the exhibition come from the collection of Gerhard Wegener. On 9 September 2014 at 18:30 scripophily expert Claus Müller will give the exhibition's opening speech.  

Practical info Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum – Stadtgeschichte auf historischen Dokumenten von 1845 bis heute : 
  • Location : Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets, Clemensstr. 17-19, 44789 Bochum, GERMANY
  • Duration : 9 September 2014 – 17 October 2014
  • Opening hours : Monday to Friday  9.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • No entrance free.

book Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum - Gerhard Wegener
Historische Wertpapiere aus Bochum
Gerhard Wegener

For those who can not make it to the exhibition, there is the book  !
Historic Papers from Bochum  - City history on historical documents from 1845 to today is self-published by Gerhard Wegener, collector of paper money and securities from the city of Bochum. In the book the author lists up the included companies with a history profile, an overview of the known certificates (described with their type, place of issue, denomination, date of issue, circulation) and images. The catalogue is written in German and is directly available from the author, eMail:, at the price of 28 EUR (30 EUR including shipment).


Special thanks to Jürgen Weritz, Weritz Werbung, also known for his work on scripophily artists, see here, who was so kind to inform me about this scripophily initiative.

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