On May 30th, Spink
London will hold an auction of Bonds & Share Certificates of
The sale will offer a diverse
selection of rare material, with lots dating back to the eighteenth
century and with many that haven't been seen on the market for
Consisting of over 700 lots from
across the globe, highlights include lot 378, a rare certificate
for one share in the voyage of the ships 'Success' and 'Speedwell',
in the charge of John Clipperton, to the South Seas.
Dated 18th June 1720,
the share is signed by Alexander Strachan, E. Hughes, Andrew
Drummond and R. Winder who acted as managers and directors of the
Interestingly, the certificate was
issued sixteen months after the expedition had sailed. Presumably
one of the original shareholders wished to spread his risks by
selling in a rising market.
With only two known of its type,
the certificate is estimated £2,500 - £3,000 and will undoubtedly
attract considerable interest
Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000
An example of the attractive
rarities on offer is also lot 333, a French style 100 peso share
from Companhia del Pozo Rico.
Formed in 1768, the Companhia del
Pozo Rico was well regarded since the 16th Century for
its rich Spanish silver mines that rivalled the mines in the
Spanish Colonies in South America.
Only a handful of copies are known
of this French design which reflect the French capital the company
was financed by. Estimated £3,000 - £4,000
Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
Another highlight is lot 365, an
Order of Payment for £1,101 18s/ 9d.
The impressive document is made out
for repayment and payments to John Durand for supporting the Armed
Forces in the 'ceded' islands of Tobago and Dominica.
Dated April 1776, it is signed by
King George III, Lord North (Prime Minister), Lord Onslow (Minister
of the Treasury) and C.W. Cornwall of the Treasury.
The document is in extremely fine
condition and is estimated £1,500 - £2,000.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
Other notable items include lot 697
and lot 178.
Lot 697, a one share for the
Baltimore Insurance Company issued to Robert Smith.
This company was incorporated in
the state of Maryland with a capital of $3000,000 on the
26th December 1795, just two days after the state's
first such company came about. Estimated £1,000 - £1,500.
Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Lot 178, 10 shares of 500 yen from
Kawasaki Shipyard Ltd.
Dated 1921 (Taisho 10) and signed
by Kojiro Matsukata as President, the attractive certificate is
illustrated with vignettes of steamships, warships, aircraft and
The Kawasaki Shipyard (previously
known as Kawasaki Heavy Industries) was formed after the merger of
two shipyards in 1896 to become one of Japan's leading corporations
of its time.
Estimated £200 - £300
Estimate: £200 - £300
On the June 7th, Spink
Switzerland will be holding its second sale of 'Bonds and Share
Certificates of the World', offering more unique and interesting
items that will excite buyers and collectors alike.
Spink is the world's leading
auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares,
autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in
1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition,
experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous
records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offers an
unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.
Headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Switzerland,
Hong Kong and Singapore, Spink holds over 70 auctions a
year. Catalogues can be accessed through the Spink
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