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Earliest Known American Express Stock Certificate, #46

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American Express Company, Capital Stock 5,000 shares at left, shares $100 each at right. Certificate #46 for 12 shares to William R. Osborn, New York April 29, 1853 signed by Henry Wells as President, William G Fargo as Secretary and Alex Holland as secretary. Period 1 certificate, thought to be among the first printed certificates but thee third Capital Stock issue. Very fine, uncancelled, light overall foxing, signed by Osborn on reverse. A note on the back indicates Osborn may have held 19 shares. Nothing found readily on Osborn, one of the early outsiders allowed to purchase stock in Am Ex. This certificate pre-dates the two specimens sold by R.M. Smythe more than 15 years ago. Please Be Sure to Read Fred Holabird's Essay about the History of American Express & Wells Fargo, as Revealed by Stock Certificates. Found on our website (www.holabirdamericana.com) and at this link: shorturl.at/pDQRW
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Earliest Known American Express Stock Certificate, #46

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American Express Company, Capital Stock 5,000 shares at left, shares $100 each at right. Certificate #46 for 12 shares to William R. Osborn, New York April 29, 1853 signed by Henry Wells as President, William G Fargo as Secretary and Alex Holland as secretary. Period 1 certificate, thought to be among the first printed certificates but thee third Capital Stock issue. Very fine, uncancelled, light overall foxing, signed by Osborn on reverse. A note on the back indicates Osborn may have held 19 shares. Nothing found readily on Osborn, one of the early outsiders allowed to purchase stock in Am Ex. This certificate pre-dates the two specimens sold by R.M. Smythe more than 15 years ago. Please Be Sure to Read Fred Holabird's Essay about the History of American Express & Wells Fargo, as Revealed by Stock Certificates. Found on our website (www.holabirdamericana.com) and at this link: shorturl.at/pDQRW

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