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Posted 05/20/2015   1:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just got a new large-format scanner and thought I'd give it a trial run by scanning a few of my larger bonds that I could previously only scan in pieces.

All of these bonds measure about 9" x 15". In the 19th century, Philadelphia and Providence, RI both issued some particularly nice municipal bonds, often with a large number of vignettes and portraits (some of these also appeared on banknotes and checks). The Philly water bond was issued in 1866, the 6% loan in 1869. The 1894 Providence bond also has a very attractive back, with elaborate lathework engravings. These were all printed by American Bank Note Co.








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Posted 05/20/2015   4:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice engraved bonds, although I was surprised to see the ones from Pennsylvania listed as "State of Pennsylvania" when most legal documents use the term "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".
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Posted 05/21/2015   3:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DenimDan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These are great, Greg!

Do you have any examples of the vignettes or portraits on checks? I think I remember seeing a check or certificate of deposit with that William Penn portrait. And the gentleman with the sledgehammer looks like something I've seen on another document of some kind.
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Posted 05/27/2015   02:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Among my own collection the only matches I could find was the wharf scene on a check and the anvil man on a stock certificate. But I may find others -- several more look quite familiar.





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Posted 07/13/2015   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up another "big" bond the other day. Although this is a typical size for bond -- about 13 x 9.5" -- what's more impressive is the denomination: half a million dollars! This is the highest printed value I've come across. Love the locomotive vignette, too!




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Posted 07/13/2015   5:53 pm  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Very nice engraved bonds, although I was surprised to see the ones from Pennsylvania listed as "State of Pennsylvania" when most legal documents use the term "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".


This might be a plausible explanation:
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsbu...?oid=1335825
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Posted 07/14/2015   08:47 am  Show Profile Check paperhistory's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice bond - and it's been revalued and renumbered, which is unusual. It's listed in Terry Cox's online catalog of railroad scripophily (www.coxrail.com) but he doesn't have an image - you should send a high resolution scan to him for his site!

I recently picked up an $8 million bond - will have to scan that!
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Posted 07/26/2015   02:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I did actually report it to Terry and it's on the database now. You just happened to check before he uploaded the weekly batch of new listings:
http://www.coxrail.com/database/Fin...ATL-427-B-39

Yes, I'd really like to see that $8 million bond! I have some other high denominations -- maybe we can start a new thread on that topic.
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Posted 07/26/2015   03:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jorgesurcl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful vignette!

"Repairing the tracks"

Engraved by HAROLD OSBORN (1893-1968) of American Bank Note Company
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Posted 08/13/2015   10:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm still hoping paperhistory will post his $8 million bond. <hint> In the meantime, here is the highest denomination bond I own. Chrysler Financial Corporation put out a lot of big bonds in the mid-'80s. This one was issued Feb. 9, 1982 for a little over $14 million. It features a wonderful vignette of two women flanking a Chrysler hood ornament, engraved by Security-Columbian Bank Note.

My cost? 15 bucks!




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