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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 49, December 5, 2021, Article 18


Here's the press release for the Archives International Auction 72, closing on December 7, 2021. Great material, as usual. -Editor


The auction will be held by Archives International Auctions at their offices in River Edge, N.J.

  Archives International Sale 72 cover front Archives International Sale 72 cover back

The December 7, 2021 auction by Archives International Auctions is highlighted by 235 lots of rare and desirable Chinese banknotes, a majority of the notes are from an old-time collection discovered in Lucerne, Switzerland and offered for the first time in our auctions. Also included are over 370 U.S. and Worldwide banknotes, scripophily and historic U.S. Colonial fiscal documents rarely seen at auction. The Auction 72 catalog will consist of 612 lots of rare and desirable U.S., Chinese & World Banknotes, Scripophily, Historic Financial Ephemera, World Coins & Medals and Security Printing Ephemera.

We are excited to offer the Lucerne Collection of Chinese banknotes, which includes many examples we have never had the pleasure to offer previously, as well as many of the highest graded notes for those varieties, stated Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions. Included in the upcoming auction are rare and desirable numismatic items that will enhance the collections of every level of collector and dealer.

  AI Sale 72 Lot 1. China.Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking Branch Issue Rarity
Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking Branch Issue Rarity
  AI Sale 72 Lot 14. Commercial Bank of China, 1920, 10 Taels Issued Banknote
Commercial Bank of China, 1920, 10 Taels Issued Banknote
  1905 International Banking Corporation $100 Note
1905 International Banking Corporation $100 Specimen
  AI Sale 72 Lot 21. Bank of China, 1912 Peking Branch Issue Rarity
1912, Bank of China, Peking Branch Issue
  AI Sale 72 Lot 50. Central Bank of China, 1935 Chungking, P-208 Issue Banknote
1935, 10 Yuan, P-208, Chungking Branch

The auction begins with 235 lots of Chinese banknotes, a majority from the Lucerne Collection. Included are many varieties that have not been offered at auction previously as well as a significant number of highest graded and finest known examples. A few of the many highlights include an 1898, Imperial Bank of China, Peking, 5 Mace example; an issued Commercial Bank of China, 1920, 10 Taels banknote rarity along with 6 additional Commercial Bank issues; a 1912, Bank of China, Peking Branch Issue rarity along with 14 additional desirable Bank of China, ca.1912 to 1942 issues; The Bank of Communications is highlighted by a 1924, 5 Yuan, P-135b, Shanghai Branch Issue rarity, this being the only example we have offered at auction; the Central Bank of China is represented by 28 different lots highlighted by the 1926, $1; $5; and. $10 issues, the 1935, 10 Yuan, P-208, Chungking Branch issue rarity, 4 different essay specimens, as well as numerous high grade and rare notes. Also included are 6 different Ningpo Commercial & Saving Bank, Ltd, issues highlighted by the 1925, $10, P-548A Shanghai Branch Issue rarity with only 4 previously graded in the PMG census; a Bank of Territorial Development, 1915, 5 Dollars Urga Branch issue in Uncirculated condition; the Central Bank of Manchukuo is represented by 10 different notes highlighted by a 100 Yuan, 1933, P-J128a, Issued banknote; foreign banks include a $100, 1905, International Banking Corp., Specimen graded Gem Unc 65; a National Commercial & Savings Bank, Ltd, 1924 Shanghai issue rarity, the first time we have offered an issued example and many other desirable Chinese foreign banks. Provincial banks include 79 different lots with many desirable and rare notes highlighted by Canton Municipal Bank, 1933, highest graded issued banknote grading Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ. Other highlights include a 1907, Sin Chun Bank of China, $1 Remainder banknote and a ca. 1900 Sheng Feng Private banknote with coin vignette. Chinese bonds and scripophily include 38 lots of single and multiple items highlighted by a 1912, Chinese Government, 500 Pounds, 5% Gold loan.

  1936 Mercantile Bank of India Hong Kong Note
  AI Sale 72 Lot 355. Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1963. 5000 Francs, P-3s Specimen Banknote
Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1963, 5000 Francs Specimen

World banknotes include 201 lots with numerous highlights including Hong Kong, 1936, Mercantile Bank of India, $5 rarity; Indonesia feature 5 different 1948 essay specimen banknotes from an unissued Security Bank Note series of notes; a Netherlands-Indies, 1945, 1000 Roepiah, P-127a issued note, the first we have offered in 14 years; an Australia, ND (1949), 10/- Shillings, P-25c grading CU 64; an extremely attractive Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1963, 5000 Francs Specimen, and additional notes too numerous to mention.

  AI Sale 72 Lot 498 1776 Promissory Note Issued to Ezekiel Williams for Prisoners of War
1776 Promissory Note Issued to Ezekiel Williams for Prisoners of War

Included are 31 Colonial and Revolutionary U.S. period fiscal documents from a new find. Additional pre and post-Independence colonial documents include pay warrants for paying for upkeep of P.O.W.'s captured during the war; payments to Company Commanders to pay bounties to men to enlist in their Battalions; Promissory notes signed by Oliver Ellsworth, Oliver Wolcott and other revolutionary war notables as well as Continental Army and State of Connecticut Pay Table warrants signed by Fenn Wadsworth, Revolutionary War General and other early U.S. founding notables.

Also included are hundreds of rare and desirable banknotes with many interesting lots from an old-time dealer's stock as well as items from old estate collections and consignments. The auction ends with 88 lots of Historic and Security Printing Ephemera and U.S. and World Scripophily with many desirable and rare items offered.

Previews will be limited and by appointment only and we will be observing strict safety precautions including the wearing of masks and observing social distancing to protect our team as well as our guests. We will do our best to accommodate anyone who desires additional information and photographs. For questions, please call 201-944-4800 or email

The online catalog for the Tuesday, December 7th , 2021 auction is on Archives International Auctions' website and can be viewed via the Archives International live bidding platform. It can also be viewed as a Virtual Catalog or downloadable Sale 72.pdf on their website. To pre-register for Live Internet Bidding, log on to the Archives International Auctions website, at

Archives International is now working on their Winter and Spring 2022 auctions and are seeking quality consignments for future auctions or outright purchase including U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, stocks, bonds, stamps, postal history, historic ephemera, and autographs. To sell or consign one piece or an entire collection, please call AIA at (201) 944-4800; or email them at

You may also write to Archives International Auctions, at 1060 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661, U.S.A. To learn more about Archives International Auctions and the auctions planned for December 7th, 2021 auction, log on to

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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