Monday, March 30, 2015

Reference book : German Dollar Bonds issued between 1924 and 1937

  • Title: German Dollar Bonds issued between 1924 and 1937
  • Author : F. Paul Seabrook
  • ID : no ISBN number
  • Languages : English, but with main index also in German
  • Number of pages : 229
  • Images : more than a 100 large color images
  • Index : index by category, alphabetical index (also in German)

In 1924 Charles C. Dawes recommended in his "Dawes plan" that the German industry should be re-constructed by means of borrowed capital from abroad. Within a few years, the bonded debt issued by German organizations totalled over $1,500,000,000.  Today, many of these bonds still exist unvalidated and uncancelled. In this comprehensive reference work author F. Paul Seabrook descibes 156 German Dollar bond issues in great detail including date of issue, denominations, amount cancelled, amount validated, amount uncancelled, purpose of the loan and much more.

  • Introduction
  • Notes and Glossary
  • Index-Category
  • Index-Alphabetical
  • Individual entries by the following categories : Government, States, Utilities, Cities, Banks, Industrials, Churches, German Issues - primary listing in Holland, German Sterling/Dollar listed in London
  • Appendix : Brokers, Issuing Housses and Paying Agents - Dutch Section - Validation Comment - Validation List - Buybacks - Dollar Loans, Privately Placed - Internal Dollar Issues, a shorte note - Bibliography, Dealer and Auction House Links

Mr. Glasemann, financial history researcher and author of books like this one, also contributed to the work. He can tell you more about the German Dollar Bonds book on his own site here.

The book, a large format one, is worthwile and covers an unusual topic in our hobby.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Booklet : 1984 Exhibition of Antique Bonds and Share Certificates at the Sydney Stock Exchange

In 1984, more than 30 years ago, the Sydney Stock Exchange was home to what was probably one of the first scripophily exhibitions on the Australian continent.

Automatic Telephones (Australasia) Limited stock certificate
Automatic Telephones (Australasia) Limited
Deferred shares of 1/- each , 191x
black and white photocopy from the booklet
double-click image to enlarge

Author Estella C. Robinson introduces us into the fascinating world of the 

scrip collector and researcher .. who .. thrives on debacles, failures, 
conspiracies, frauds - the more spectacular the better.
The certificate is the tangible surviving link which breathes life into history. 

Estella Robinson passed away in 1985 and was a pioneer when introducing the hobby of scripophily through numerous columns in Australian Coin Review magazine.
exhibition booklet by The Sydney Stock Exchange Limited

  • Title : Exhibition of Antique Bonds and Share Certificates, January 16 to 27, 1984
  • Authors : Estella Camhi Robinson
  • ID : no ISBN number, printed by The Sydney Stock Exchange Limited, 1984
  • Languages : English
  • Number of pages : 26
  • Images : 13 large black and white images 
  • Indexes : no index

The booklet is a low-cost photocopy publication, hence the lower quality of the images. Thirteen Australian certificates are depicted and described with a brief historic company profile.

Other numismatic publications by the author :
  • Seven Seas guide to Australian coins and tokens, Dubbo : Seven Seas Stamps, 1981 
  • A guide to Australian coins, Sydney Readers Digest Services, 1978 


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mario Boone - Auction 54

Certificate depicted : Credit Commercial Sino-Francais
in English : Chinese-French Commercial Bank
Shares of 100 Dollars, 1924
double-click image to enlarge

Société Anonyme de Télévision Pirate Antene 1
Antene 1 pirate television broadcasting company
lot of 2 certificates, 1983
a very unusual piece of scripophily designed by 
an equally exceptional Kiki Picasso, see more below

  • Date: 28 March 2015
  • Place: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Further info, see here 
  • Tip for Sun 29 March : International Scripophily Bourse in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Antwerp.


P.S. About the artist Kiki Picasso
Kiki Picasso, whose real name is Christian Chapiron,  is a French graphic designer, painter and video artist. His brightly colored works are lively, striking, direct, controversial, disturbing to extreme and explicit and often all of these at the same time. Ghidelli.Net nicknames Kiki Picasso (K.P.) Konsequent Provocant, in English: consistently provocativeMore works from the artist can be seen here, and there.