Beautiful stocks and bonds

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by gsalexan, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Guess this is as good a time as any to start a thread on one of my favorite topics: stock and bond certificates. I personally collect intaglio engraved certificates from the U.S. and a few from other countries. I have a preference for railroad stocks, which is how I first started collecting, but I've branched into all manner of businesses -- mining, banking, utilities, transportation, and even theaters. I also have a soft spot for specimen certificates from the various bank note companies.

    I posted another thread on this subject already --
    http://www.cointalk.com/t162034/

    This time I'm hoping to get some other fans of these beautiful securities to post their favorites. No restrictions on business type, nationality, or variety. Just show us some of the certificates you have that you like the most. I'll post a number of favorites from my collection to get things going, starting with some railroads.

    Note there's no smokestack on the locomotive in the NY Central bond -- that's because it's electric! These battery-powered engines were used primarily for short commuter trips, not for long-haul freight trains. It's also a specimen certificate -- serial number 00000.

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  3. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    And here's some stock certificates. Wagner Palace Car has several nice vignettes. I'll try to scan that one a little closer next time.

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  4. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    This batch is a hodge-podge of industries. Some of these were unissued (I don't discern much if I like the engraving). At one time I worked in a print shop, so the Alden Type Setting stock is fascinating to me. Marconi Wireless was the first radio company.

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  5. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    The City of Providence bond has to be one of the most attractive in my collection. What a great collection of vignettes, ornaments and frames! If you look closely you'll see that Searight Cattle is a territorial stock certificate, printed in the 1880s before Wyoming was a state.

    And last, my only Russian bond -- and my only square one. These were issued by the Czarist government in 1917. It's not cancelled, btw. I've heard these were held for many years by Russian refugees who fled the communist revolution, hoping they would someday be honored. So far no luck, but it's only been 94 years. I liked it for the engraving, by American Bank Note Co.

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  6. Dave M

    Dave M Francophiliac

    These are really nice, one can certainly see why you collect them. That Russian woman seems particularly concerned about something in the upper corner of the frame :)

    Dave
  7. krispy

    krispy krispy

    Very nice collection. These are something I haven't yet gotten into but they are very attractive. I really like the street car vignettes.

    I sometimes check out Scripophily (they often have good histories with thier listings too) and Clinton Hollis when looking for certain subjects of interest from old engraved vignettes.
  8. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Chris, those are both excellent sites -- I use them, too. In fact I've bought a number of stocks and bonds from Clinton Hollis. He's been around *forever* and has some great prices.

    The Detroit & Cleveland Navigation certificate got me thinking about ships, so I posted some nice maritime banknote vignettes on another thread, for those interested:
    http://www.cointalk.com/showthread.php?t=160644&p=1133211&viewfull=1#post1133211
  9. Rhino89

    Rhino89 Junior Member

    gsalexan, how do you store your bonds and stock certificates?

    I love your Russian 1917 bond... I personalyl collect Russian notes and coins, so it's only natural that I also try to get my hands on Russian Imperial bonds as well. So far I have a 1869, 1889, 1891, and 1894... I'll post photos in a week or so (it's around exams time right now, so I have barely any time to take pictures and upload).

    But I keep them rolled up in a hard-cardboard tube with 2 caps on the ends, and was wondering maybe there's a better way? I don't have the room/place to display them on a wall or something, and an album for them would be of a massive size. Do you keep them in a tube as well, rolled up?
  10. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Definitely post your bonds -- I'd love to see them. I'm hoping a few other members post some things, too. But it's spring break and not so many folks are following the posts.

    I do keep some of my really big engraved pieces in a tube, but I also have some massive binders, with poly sleeve pages about 11x14". Some of the bonds stick out an inch or so above the top, but I can live with it. I'll post a photo in a bit. I'm not even sure the guy who sells them is around any more.
  11. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Nothing hotter than well armed women.

    My oh my, don't you just love how bonds and stocks can have a larger palette for their artistry than banknotes?

    About the New York Central RR locomotive, the city of New York enacted legislation prohibiting steam locomotives from downtown stations due to the smoke and pollution. For that reason the NYCRR had to purchase and maintain the electric locomotives that would pick up the passenger trains outside of the city to bring them into the downtown stations. They did not use them for mainline long distance runs, but the Penn Central did on some of their East Coast routes. Really they were way ahead of their time most passenger and freight in Europe are on electrified grids now as in the long run it is more efficient.

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    About that vignette, it was actually used on this Russian 200 ruble bond - the bond also doubled up as an emergency currency in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. But the vignette was proprietary to ABNCo and was used on other bonds, but also notably on the reverse of the Series 1935 and Series 1937 Bank of Canada $1000 bills.
  12. mpcusa

    mpcusa Online Dealer of Mpc

    Very Nice collection :)
  13. johnny2dollar

    johnny2dollar Collector of BEP $2 note collectibles

    I think this might be a new hobby for me. I really enjoy a finely detailed intaglio prints
  14. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Nothing hotter than well armed women.

    No no no, there is nothing to collect in this area - just move along:)
  15. johnny2dollar

    johnny2dollar Collector of BEP $2 note collectibles

    Maybe i should start issuing my own intaglio prints. :)
  16. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Sorry, it's already been done. When all the American Bank Note archive material began coming on the market in the late '90s collectors starting buying up printing plates right and left. Some became private issued souvenir cards, some just became prints. I'm kind of amazed more modern reprints haven't started popping up.
  17. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Time for more? While we're waiting for other collectors to post some images I'll add a few others I've scanned. I especially like the Ann Arbor Railroad stock certificate -- my home town!

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  18. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Incidentally, the harbor scene from the Boston Marine Insurance cert shows up on a USPS commemorative panel (CP105), along with some other great vignettes. If you're curious about these or want to see some nice maritime images from banknotes, visit my other thread on panels --
    http://www.cointalk.com/t160644/

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  19. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    Here are a couple shots of my album. It weighs a ton, mostly from the plastic sleeves.

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  20. Kasia

    Kasia Be the person your dog thinks you are.

    Too late.... I picked up one of those 200 ruble bonds today at a show. I'm gone.....
  21. gsalexan

    gsalexan Bank note aficionado

    I picked up a nice railroad stock the other day, so I thought I'd give this thread a bump. This one is from the Ohio Central Railroad Company, printed circa 1860 with an imprint of Toppan, Carpenter & Co -- which is interesting because in 1858 TCC was part of the consolidation that formed American Bank Note. Love the steel engraved vignettes on this, very reminiscent of early obsolete banknotes.

    I also liked the price. Because the market demand for unissued certificates is less, I was able to pick this one up on eBay for $11! Since I collect the engraved art, I'm not so concerned about whether a stock has been issued -- this one will look great with the rest of my railroad certifs.

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