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.
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.
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!
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!
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.