"We are excited to offer Part 2 of the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky collection of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, including the first portion of the Pogrebetsky Russian Banknote Reference Collection as well as many outstanding consignments that include U.S. railroad bonds, obsolete banknotes, U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, and security printing ephemera from various consignors," said Dr. Robert Schwartz, the president of Archives International Auctions.

Dr. Schwartz added, "We are also fortunate to offer a considerable amount of fresh material that has either never been offered previously at auction or has been off the market for over 60 years and is certain to generate excitement in the chase for that elusive banknote, stock certificate or coin."

Session I, slated for Friday, December 11, will begin with worldwide banknotes, to include additional selections from the Arthur Matz collection of modern banknotes. The highlights from the Matz collections include numerous lots of modern British Colonies, with multiple examples of different series and signatures from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, the East Caribbean States, Cyprus and numerous other countries.

National Bank of the Danish West Indies, 1905 issue (est. $1 400-$2 800) banknote rarity. National Bank of the Danish West Indies, 1905 issue (est. $1 400-$2 800) banknote rarity.

Bodie Bluff Consolidated Gold Mining Company, 1879 issue stock certificate. Bodie Bluff Consolidated Gold Mining Company, 1879 issue stock certificate.

Highlights from the balance of the worldwide banknote session will include a previously unlisted Argentina 1888 specimen note, Colonia Ocampo by BW&C; and two different Australian replacement banknotes, one from 1953 and the second one from 1966; a lovely 1905 Danish West Indies $5 banknote; two different 1720 Banque Royal "John Law" notes; and Greek rarities, such as an 1885 National Bank of Greece specimen.

There are over 130 desirable lots in the sale of scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), with highlights including a circa 1900 Massachusetts specimen stock certificate with a Santa Claus vignette; a Bodie Bluff Mining Company certificate dated 1879 (one of 14 different rare mining stocks being offered); over 60 railroad stocks and bonds, including a unique Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rail Road Co. specimen dated 1877; a Columbus Zoological Company issued stock certificate dated 1903 plus two other zoo-related certificates; and numerous other topics and desirable certificates.

American Bank Note Company, Cincinnati business card, circa 1860-1870. American Bank Note Company, Cincinnati business card, circa 1860-1870.

Session II, on Monday will feature Chinese and Asian banknotes, scripophily and coins, as well as Part 2 of the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky family archives of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes. Also offered will be the "Shanghai Banker's Collection" of rare Chinese banknotes that were given to an American missionary in 1947 before the Communist takeover and forgotten for close to 60 years until his children stumbled upon it while cleaning out his house. Included are many notes that are rarely seen in any form at auction, as well spectacular rarities and discovery notes.

Liberty Loan bond of 1917, U.S. Federal Bond. Liberty Loan bond of 1917, U.S. Federal Bond.

Highlights from the Pogrebetsky collection will include five different Ch'ing Dynasty, 1858 and 1859 cash notes; a beautiful Imperial Bank of China 1898 Peking Taels issue; a 1912 "Mukden-Manchuria" $5 Branch issue rarity; an attractive National Bank of China, 1921 issue rarity; a group of Bank of Territorial Development, Urga issues and other rare banknotes.

Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking Branch, Ten Taels issue high grade banknote rarity. Imperial Bank of China, 1898 Peking Branch, Ten Taels issue high grade banknote rarity.

National Bank of China, 1921 issue, in a possibly unlisted color issued banknote. National Bank of China, 1921 issue, in a possibly unlisted color issued banknote.

Session III, also on Monday, is an internet only sale with all of the items pictured online, with no printed catalog. Included will be numerous attractive and scarce U.S. and Worldwide Banknote issues and Scripophily that should appeal to collectors and dealers of every level and specialty.

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