SAMUEL F.B. MORSE One year before his first successful telegraph message, Morse signs an autograph letter to Treasury Secretary John Spencer, explaining that the cost of preparing the wire will be $10 more than his previous estimate. He'll still come in under budget! ALS: "Saml F.B. Morse", 1 page, 8x10. New York, 1843 May 1. To Secretary of the Treasury John C. Spencer. In full: "In my letter of the 29th ulto accompanying the contracts for the Telegraphic Wire, and the expenses of covering, I left a blank in the former which I observed was to be filled with a sum not exceeding 24 cents pr.lb. I have this moment heard from Paterson, and am enabled to fill the said blank with 22 cents. This varies the expense of Preparation of the Wire as given in my letter to the Department of 26th ulto from $1900 to $1910 - making the contracts for this part of the work of $690 less than the original estimates, instead of $700 - as therein stated." Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), a portrait painter and a founder and first President of the National Academy of Design (1826-1845, 1861), interested himself in the possibilities of a magnetic telegraph in 1832. He developed the Morse Code for use in the telegraph instrument. read more...
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JOHN MORTIMER COURTNEY The civil servant who specialized in banking and finance signed this Canadian dollar Currency Signed: “J.M. Courtney” 3¼x7¼. Dominion of Canada dollar #936834. John Mortimer Courtney (1838-1920) was an English financier and banker. read more...
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JACK DEMPSEY - CURRENCY SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: TOM DRAKE, KAY FRANCIS, REX STUART, GRACE DARBY, HAZEL RANDALL, MARGARET HOLM, BASIL RATHBONE, GOVERNOR ARTHUR CAPPER, BING CROSBY - HFSID 175535Strip of eight notes from the United States and Algeria and from the Japanese occupation forces, signed by many celebrities, including champion boxer Jack Dempsey, singer Bing Crosby, actors Basil Rathbone, Kay Francis and Tom Drake, trombonist Fred Robinson and Kansas Governor Arthur Capper read more...
Sale Price $680.00
DOUGLAS DILLON and ELIZABETH RUDEL SMITH Dollar bill signed by Douglas Dillon and Elizabeth Rudel Smith, U. S. Secretary of the Treasury and U. S. Treasurer under President John F. Kennedy Dollar bill signed "Elizabeth Rudel Smith" in blue ink and "Douglas Dillon" in black ink. 6x2½. read more...
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HENRY FOWLER. Currency signed: "Henry H. Fowler" above his facsimile signature on front of a $1.00 U.S. Federal Reserve Note, 6x2½, Series 1963 A. Henry H. Fowler (1908-2000) of Virginia was read more...
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OSCAR MAYER. Silver Certificate signed: "Oscar Mayer", 6¼x2½, Series 1935E. German-born Oscar Mayer founded Oscar Mayer & Brothers in Chicago in 1883. His meatpacking firm became a household name through catchy jingles, the Weinermobile and other innovative marketing strategies read more...
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HENRY "HANK" PAULSON U.S. $1 bill signed by the 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury Currency signed: "Henry M Paulson", in black ink, above printed signature. American $1 bill. Henry "Hank" Paulson (b. read more...
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PAUL ANTHONY SAMUELSON 1936 Chinese five-yuan note signed by the 1970 Nobel Prize laureate for economics Chinese five-yuan note signed: "Paul A Samuelson/MIT, 1977", 6x3. Central Bank of China Note, 1936. read more...
Sale Price $270.00
CONFEDERATE CURRENCY (NORTH CAROLINA, CO-SIGNED BY: R.G. LINDSAY) The seceding state's Public Treasurer signs a 50-cent bill. Currency signed: "R. G. Lindsay" as Public Treasurer, 5x2¾. Raleigh, North Carolina, 1862 September 1. Printed State of North Carolina Treasury note no. read more...
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CONFEDERATE CURRENCY (NORTH CAROLINA, CO-SIGNED BY: R. G. LINDSAY) A One-Dollar bill issued by the State Treasury Currency signed: "R. G. Lindsay" as Public Treasurer, 5x2¾. Raleigh, North Carolina, 1861 October 18. Printed State of North Carolina Treasury note no. 8546, $1. read more...
Sale Price $252.00