Stacks Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a large
assortment of Haitian notes in our January 2021 auction. We are offering 53
notes from Haiti, split between our Live and Internet sessions. These notes
span from the 1820s through the 1960s, offering notes from the early Republic
of Haiti, through the U.S. Civil War period and up to more modern times.
The standout highlights are lots 30176
These notes stem from Bernard Kock’s attempts to re-settle freed slaves from
the American Civil War on the Haitian satellite island of Île-à-Vache. Bernard
planned to use the island as a settlement to produce cotton, with freed Blacks
as workers, and secured permission from the Haitian government to do so. The
islands own currency was produced by Kock, which could be exchanged for normal
Haitian Gourde notes. The settlement of the island fell through in late 1863,
mainly to the fault of the financiers, and President Abraham Lincoln sent a
ship to Haiti to bring the workers back to the United States. The notes would
have been issued from around the time of the islands settlement of April 13,
1863 through December 22, 1863, when the settlement was abandoned, an
eight-month window which explains their scarcity today. Two outstanding Haitian
rarities – a ½ Gourde and ¼ Gourde – are presented in the Stack’s Bowers
Galleries January auction for the first time since 2014.
Our Live Session will take place on January 15 at 4PM PST at
the Balboa Bay Resort. The internet Session will start on January 18 at 9AM
PST. The sale is available online for viewing and bidding, and catalogs have
been sent out. To view our upcoming auction schedule and future offerings,
please visit StacksBowers.com where you may register and participate in this
and other forthcoming sales.
We are always seeking coins, medals, and paper money for our
auctions, and are currently accepting submissions through January 15, 2021 for
our April 2021 Hong Kong auction. Our next CCO (Collectors Choice Online)
auction will be crossing the block in February 2021, and has a submission
deadline of January 12, 2021. If you would like to learn more about consigning,
whether a singular item or an entire collection, please contact one of our
consignment directors today and we will assist you in achieving the best
possible return on your material.