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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 36, September 4, 2022, Article 19


Here are some highlights of the Archives International Auctions sale closing September 6, 2022. Some interesting items here. -Editor

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Lot 62: 1945 Central Bank of China Specimen

  Lot 62 1945 Central Bank of China Specimen
China, 1945. 1000 Yuan, P-289s (It is a Color Trial but incorrectly attributed) S/M#C300-265, Specimen banknote, Reddish Brown, S/N 1-A 000000, Top right margin has printed in small red letters " DB3-LB1-9-16-45" which refers to the order number and shade selection as well as date printed. PMG graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 68 EPQ. Printer: SBNC. This is the highest graded example either as a Specimen or Color Trial Specimen in the PMG census

To read the complete lot description, see:
Central Bank of China, 1945 "Top Pop" Color Trial Specimen Banknote (

Lot 140: 1975 Falkland Islands 10 Pounds

  Lot 140 1975 Falkland Islands 10 Pounds
Falkland Islands/British Administration, 1975. 10 Pounds, P-11a, Issued banknote, Green on multicolor underprint, S/N A03742, PMG graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ. Printer: TDLR. Tied for highest graded out of 54 graded in the PMG census. Attractive and desirable note.

I've always been partial to Falkland Islands currency. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Government of the Falkland Islands, 1975 "Top Pop" Issued Banknote (

Lot 162: 1938 French Somaliland 500 Francs

  Lot 162 1938 French Somaliland 500 Francs
French Somaliland, 1938. 500 Francs - Djibouti, P-9b, Issued banknote, Brown on multicolor underprint, S/N A.3 252, Sign. Titles - Pres. - Dir. Gen, PMG graded Choice Uncirculated 64.

A pleasant note. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Banque de l'Indo-Chine, 1938 Issued Banknote (

Lot 288: Mali Banknote 10,000 Francs

  Lot 288 Mali Banknote 10,000 Francs
Mali, ND(1970-84). 10,000 Francs, P-15f, Issued Banknote, M/c printing with man at left and building at right, S/N K.6 49201, PMG graded Choice Uncirculated 64 with comment "annotations."

A nice design with great colors. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Banque Centrale du Mali, ND(1970-84), Issued Banknote (

Lot 270: American Colonization Society Exchange Document

  Lot 270 American Colonization Society Exchange Document
Liberia and Washington, D.C., 1861. $350 I/U Second Exchange document from the Treasury Department of Monrovia (Liberia), S/N 75, issued to William McLain, Financial Secretary of the American Colonization Society, Black text with thin border on blue paper, VF condition. Signed by Stephen A. Benson as President of the Republic of Liberia at left, as well as John B. Jordan as Secretary of the Treasury at bottom right, and mentions Asbury F. Johns in the text. This piece was issued the year before the United States recognized Liberia as a country. Stephen Allen Benson (1816-1865) served as the 2nd President of Liberia from 1856 to 1864. Prior to that, he was the 3rd Vice President of Liberia from 1854 to 1856 under President Joseph Jenkins Roberts.

Although born in the United States, Benson was the first president to have lived in Liberia since childhood, he and his family having arrived with the first groups of settlers in 1822. John Bradberry Jordan (1817-1852) was born as a slave in New Orleans in 1817. Jordan's freedom was granted upon his master's death, and he emigrated to Liberia in 1852. Jordan established a sugarcane farm, purchasing a steam mill in 1857 and becoming a prosperous farmer. He served as Liberia's Secretary of the Treasury in President Benson's administration, until his death in 1862. Asbury F. Johns was born in Maryland around 1820, and he immigrated to Liberia in 1852. He became one of the wealthiest merchants in Liberia and became involved in politics, serving as Liberia's Treasurer under several presidents.

Liberia began in the early 19th century as a project of the American Colonization Society (ACS), which believed black people would face better chances for freedom and prosperity in Africa than in the United States. The African-American community and abolitionist movement overwhelmingly opposed the project. In most cases, African Americans' families had lived in the United States for generations, and their prevailing sentiment was that they were no more African than white Americans were European. Contrary to stated claims that emigration was voluntary, many African Americans, both free and enslaved, were pressured into emigrating. Indeed, enslavers sometimes manumitted their slaves on condition that the freedmen leave the country immediately. Rare piece of history from a controversial movement in America.

Fascinating chapter in American history. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Liberian Treasury Department, American Colonization Society, 1861 I/U Second Exchange (

Lot 243: 1951 Italian Somaliland 5 Somali

  Lot 243 1951 Italian Somaliland 5 Somali
Italian Somaliland, 1951. 5 Somali, P-16, Issued Banknote, Brown-violet and light blue printing with Leopard at center, S/N A010 054982, PCGS graded Gem New 66 PPQ.

I'd never seen one of these before. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Italian Somaliland - Cassa per la Circolazione Monetaria della Somalia, 1951, High Grade Issued Bank (

Lot 442: 1753 Pennsylvania Land Deed

  Lot 442 1753 Pennsylvania Land Deed
New Britain, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1753. Ornate handwritten land deed on vellum, measuring approximately 29.5 inches x 9.5 inches, with a pair of red wax seals near signatures at bottom center and bottom right. This document outlines the terms and sale of 36 acres of land for the sum of 100 Pounds Pennsylvania currency, sold by Simon Mathews to his son Edward Mathews. Provides an extremely detailed description of the location of the 36 acres, stating that it is near Simon Butler's land "north west fifteen perches to a red oak tree" and that the land was once a "part of a tract of land containing one hundred and sixty seven acres" belonging to James Steel and his wife Martha of Philadelphia. VF condition with some toning and small holes, still in remarkable condition for its age.

Simon Mathews (died 1755) was a Welsh immigrant who came to Pennsylvania with his cousin Simon Butler in 1712. Along with Butler, he is considered one of the founding fathers of Chalfont, Pennsylvania. In 1720, he moved to the New Britain area of Bucks County with Butler, who had already established himself in the area. In 1731, he bought 147 acres of land and built a home. His farmhouse still stands today and is a wedding venue. He died in 1755 and his estate was bequeathed to his son Thomas. He fathered many children and his descendants are still in the area.

Simon Butler, Mathews' cousin, was also an important historical figure of the area. In 1720, he purchased 176 acres of land that included much of the then-standing "Village of Chalfont" from a former land grant founded by William Penn. In 1730, he finished construction of his house and mill and then purchased over 400 acres of land in 1745 including much of present- day Chalfont and New Britain. During this time, Butler built a number of gristmills on the sites of original mills, such as the Funk sawmill and the Shellenberger's mill. He then acted as the sole justice of the peace in the county, and until his death he was the economic and legal power in the area. Among other important duties he wrote wills and was well known for his extremely sound judgement. Rare and unique historical document from founding figures in Pennsylvania colonial history.

Interesting colonial history item. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Pennsylvania Land Deed, 1753 Signed by Simon Mathews, One of the Founding Fathers of Chalfont, PA. (

Lot 553: Atlanta Braves Stock Certificate

  Lot 553 Atlanta Braves Stock Certificate
Atlanta, Georgia. (ca.1960's-70's). Odd Shares. Specimen stock certificate. Politically incorrect Laughing Native American Indian on top of title with undertint of large baseball in middle. Red specimen overprint and POC's. Choice uncirculated condition. Rare and popular baseball certificate. ABNC.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Atlanta Braves, Inc. ca.1960-70's Specimen Stock Certificate. (

Lot 603: Hayden Planetarium Bond Lot 603 Hayden Planetarium Bond New York, 1934. $1000 Specimen 4.5% Serial Revenue Coupon Bond, Black text with blue border and underprint, Hayden Planetarium depicted at top center. POCs throughout, VF condition, HBN. The original Hayden Planetarium was founded in 1933 with a donation by philanthropist Charles Hayden. The Hayden Planetarium, designed by architects Trowbridge & Livingston, opened In 1935. In January 1997, the original Hayden Planetarium was closed and demolished. On February 19, 2000, the $210 million Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, containing the new Hayden Planetarium, opened to the public. Neil deGrasse Tyson is its first and, to date, only director. This bond was issued in the 4th year of the Authority's existence. This is the second of only 2 examples found of this variety in the ABN Archives.

To read the complete lot description, see:
American Museum of Natural History Planetarium Authority, 1934 Specimen Bond Rarity (

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