[FINANCIAL] New York / Russia ABNC Contract, 1859
New York-Russia American Bank Note Co. Contract with the Imperial Government of Russia.
This lot consists of the 1859 agreement signed by the Russian finance minister; a list of the goods purchased including ten steel plates for printing notes; and wall the supporting supplies and equipment for which the Russians were charged $52,900.
A second letter, witnessed by the U.S. consul in St. Petersburg, records a renewal of the contract in 1861.
A third letter (a copy) orders notes printed in 1859 in the denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 Roubles. Also ordered are the supplies listed in the first letter. A fourth letter in December 1861 reports that the Emperor has examined a book with ABN work in it and has sent a ring to A. G. Goodall. This is a copy.
Finally, a fifth letter signed in Russia is a draft of a pay increase from $20 to $35 for Thomas Van Fassel. Red wax seal.
State credit notes were issued from the 1840’s to 1865 without the ABN imprint, and apparently the plates, etc. were sent to Russia where the notes were printed.