[ Numismatic Bank Notes/Historic Documents ] American Bank Note Company Presentation Album of Proof Bank Notes, Stock Certificates and Advertising Pieces. Truly one of the most magnificent items in the Ford Collection. This presentation album, prepared by the American Bank Note Company in the 1870's, contains extremely important United States Federal and Interest Bearing notes, Fractional Currency, Foreign Bank Notes, Stock Certificates and Advertising Pieces all in uniface proof form (the majority with full color tints and/or protectors) mounted on gilt edged pages. The volume is superbly bound in full brown leather with gilt stamped cover featuring decorative flourishes. Full quarto, 27.0cm by 30.0cm, with two brass clasps. The raised spine has six panels stamped in gilt. Gilt titled cover 'FROM THE/ AMERICAN/BANK NOTE COMPANY/142 BROADWAY/NEW YORK CITY,/U.S'. The back cover with gilt flourish designs that match the face. The inside covers are blue satin with turned in ornate gilt. An absolutely beautiful volume from the exterior. There are 29 pages, all gilt edged, with 31 surfaces containing proofs. Each page interleaved with a tissue guard. The proofs within the book are all specially prepared on India paper and mounted to the book's pages carefully. Each was punch hole canceled in the signature blocks as normal for proofs. The proofs are usually stamped 'SPECIMEN' in small red letters and they are not obtrusive to the eye. The presentation album contains the following India paper proofs: Page 1a. Advertising card with Union vignette as used on the Northern Pacific stock certificates. This was also used in small sample books for salesmen's use. Page 1b.(verso of prior page) United States Fractional Currency proofs. Fourth issue 10 Cents and 50 Cents Lincoln Face proofs, both without seals; Green color backs for 25 Cents and 15 Cents. All stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. The Lincoln face Proof is very rare. Page 2a. National Bank Note. First Charter Original Series Face, The Manufacturers NB of Pittsburgh, $1 Fr.380; Legal Tender. 1861 $5 Fr.61a Face color proof position 'D'. Both with '0000' numbers and stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 2b. (verso of prior page) Italy, Banca Romana, 5 Lire and 10 Lire Faces in color. Pick-S794 and S795 types; Ecuador. El Banco del Ecuador, 2 Reales, Pick S138, Face proof in color. All stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 3 National Bank Notes. First Charter Original Series Faces for The New York National Exchange Bank (Ch.345), $10.00 and $100.00. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. The $100 face Proof is virtually unheard of in private hands. Page 4. Advertising card with large Bolivar portrait at center, flanked by Lincoln and Grant. This used in several small salesmen's books given to clients in U.S. and primarily Latin America (hence the bold Bolivar portrait). This type plated in the Kolbe Ford Library Part I sale on page 45. Page 5. National Gold Bank Notes. The Kidder National Gold Bank of Boston, MA, (Ch.1699), $50.00 and $100.00. Full gold tinted face proofs with outlined white 'GOLD' at the top center. According to Kelly's data all issued notes were redeemed from the total issue of $120,000; all being high denomination notes of $50, $100, $500, and $1000. These are perhaps the most important Federal Proof notes in existence. They not only come from a type that is virtually unknown in any form, they come from the only Gold Bank outside of California. We are aware of only one other pair of these proofs and they traded hands for a significant five figure price. These are wonderfully bright and just about perfect. There is a petty flaw on the top edge of the $50.00. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red and with '0000' numbers. Magnificent! Page 6. One Year Interest Bearing Notes. $100.00 and $50.00, Fr.199 Hessler X137D) and Fr.198 (Hessler X137C), Face color proofs. Both with superb color and stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 7. 1861 Legal Tender Notes. $500.00 and $1,000.00 Gallatin and Morris types, Fr.183 and Fr.186 types, Face color proofs. A superb pair of green color face proofs. The issued notes would run nearly $1,000,000 for the pair if you could get them! Important high denominations and High Rarity 7 or Rarity 8 as face proofs. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 8. Interest Bearing Proofs. Two Year $500.00 Act of March 3, 1863 Face with Coupons (Hessler X138F). The complete proof is unknown, only a fragment is shown in Hessler's book. Position 'D' with three coupons folded back over. The second note is a Two Year $100.00 Act of July 17, 1861 Face (Hessler X129D), with no coupons. Both with superb color, but a tone spot on the $100. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 9. First Charter National Bank Note Backs $10.00 and $20.00 denominations with vignettes of DeSoto Discovering the Mississippi and Baptism of Pocahantas, green color Back proofs. Both with superb color and stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 10. Canada Central Bank of New Brunswick, $5.00, Pick S1615, Face proof with red serial '6598'; Province of Canada $20.00, Pick 5, Face proof with '0000' number. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 11. Canada. St. Stephen's Bank, $5.00, Pick S1417, Face proof; Province of Canada, $1 00, Pick 1, Face proof. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 12. Canada. Union Bank of Lower Canada, Quebec, $1.00, Pick S1521A, Face proof; Bank of Montreal, $10.00 Pick S510. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 13. Canada. Commercial Bank of Canada, Montreal, $1.00, Pick S978, full ochre tinted Face proof; Bank of Upper Canada, Toronto, $1.00, Pick S2025C, full green tinted Face proof. Both with lovely color. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 14. Dual Color Overprints. Bank of the City of Petersburg, Virginia, $5 Face proof with green and red protectors; National Bank of Greece, 10 Drachmai, Pick 23, Face color proof with titles in red and protector in green (as last). A very rare early series! The first stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. The second stamped 'SPECIMEN' and 'MUESTRA' with '0000' numbers in red. Page 15. Brazil. No Banco do Brazil, 25 Mil Reis and 50 Mil Reis, Pick S251 and S253, Face proofs with left side stub. Both superb and stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 16. Chile. El Banco Nacional de Chile, Valparaiso. 10 Pesos and 20 Pesos, Pick S319p and S320p, Face proofs. These notes date from the middle 1870's. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 17. Peru. El Banco del Peru, 100 Pesos and 1000 Pesos, Pick S353 and S355, Face proofs with two color protectors. The 1000 Peso is magnificent and one of the finest looking ABNCo. notes we have seen. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 18. Argentina. La Provincia de Buenos Aires, 200 Pesos Pick S494, Face proof with blue protectors; El Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, 20 Pesos Pick S506, face proof with light pink tint. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 19. Ecuador. Banco de Circulacion y Descuento de Manuel Antonio de Luzarraga, 4 Pesos and 10 Pesos, Pick S113 and S115, Face proofs in full color. The 4 Pesos has E PLURIBUS UNUM, the full winged eagle used on Interest Bearing Notes. The 10 Pesos with Freedom from the Capitol that was used on the $5 Demand and Legal Tender notes. The colors are magnificent. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 20. Latin America. Chile. El Banco Agricola, Santiago, 100 Pesos, Pick S112, Face proof without coupons; Uruguay, El Banco Italiano, Montevideo, 100 Pesos/10 Doblones de Oro Pick S209. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 21. Uruguay. El Banco Franco-Platense, Montevideo, 10 Pesos and 20 Pesos, Pick S172 and S173, Face proofs. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 22. Ecuador. El Banco Nacional, Guayaquil, 20 Pesos and 100 Pesos, Pick S195 and S195a, Face proofs. Both stamped 'SPECIMEN' and with '0000' numbers in red. Page 23. United States Interest Bearing Notes. Full color Back proofs for the $10.00 and $50.00 One Year Notes, Fr.196 and Fr.198 types. Superb color and stamped 'SPECIMEN'in red. Page 24. United States Legal Tender Notes. Full color Back proofs for the 1869 $50.00 and $500.00 "Rainbow" notes, Fr.151 and Fr.184 types. Bright color and stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 25. Chile. El Banco Mobilario, Santiago. 'Billette Obligation' for 1000 Pesos, not listed in Pick. Face proof, mounted sideways in the book. Magnificent vignette of a condor and chick. Stamped 'MUESTRA' in red. Page 26. Office of the Assistant Treasurer of the United States-New York, $10,000.00 (Similar to Hessler X134E), Face color proof. Mounted sideways with a partial stub. Rare vignette of Darley's Zoauve and The Eagle's Nest by Delnoce. Not stamped or numbered. Page 27. United States of America, Act of February 25, 1862, $5,000.00 Registered Bond, Hessler X130E. Face proof with full stub folded over. Bright with red '0000' numbers and stamped 'SPECIMEN' in red. Page 28. Stock Certificate. Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (IA and MO), 100 Shares. Color proof with brown frame. No stub and interestingly stamped 'MUESTRA' in red Page 29. Advertising broadside for the American Bank Note Company, 142 Broadway. The proof occupies most of the page sideways and the edges are toned. Styled after their 1858 incorporation share certificate, this uses a green tint. Washington at the center in a shield, four vignettes in the corners. Texts in French, Spanish and English. We have seen one other in red tint. An appropriate end for this fabulous presentation album. Overall, this is as fine a Presentation Book as one could imagine. The condition as a volume is Very Fine. There is only some minor scuffing on the surfaces of the cover. This is not extraordinary when factoring in the size of the book. Internally, the album is just short of amazing! Each proof is bold and vividly printed and the color tints are undoubtedly as fresh as the day they were printed. The only flaws on any of the impressions are so slight as to be trivial. It is more than likely that a record for a book of this type will be set tonight. No amount of money will procure another. (SEE COLOR PLATE) Obtained privately from Fred Sweeney at the 1980 Cincinnati ANA Convention. This presentation album was put together in the 1870's based on some of the foreign notes included, the 1869 "Rainbow" notes, and the Grant portrait advertising piece. Due to the inclusion of many United States pieces, we feel that the presentation book was the property of a very important official, perhaps someone in the United States Federal Government. We have only seen one other large size album such as this, but it was dominated by Foreign note proofs. In the realm of security printing history and presentation books, this certainly is an epic example.