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Lot 105

James Fisk Jr. Extremely Rare Signed Stock Certificate

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James Fisk Jr. Extremely Rare Signed Stock Certificate


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James Fisk Jr. Extremely Rare Signed Stock Certificate


RARE Document Signed by James Fisk, Jr., Ohio, July 5, 1871, 1 p. front and verso, 9.5” x 5.75”. Fine condition.

Niles & New Lisbon Railway Co. Stock Certificate, one share issued to James Fisk, Jr. on December 31, 1870, signed by James Fisk, Jr. on the verso on July 5, 1871. Embossed seal of Niles & New Lisbon Railway Co. on front, cancelled revenue stamps on front and verso. Extremely rare, only a very small number of Fisk signed documents exist.

James Fisk, Jr. (1835-1872) was also known as "Big Jim", "Diamond Jim", and "Jubilee Jim". He was an American stockbroker and corporate executive who has been referred to as one of the "robber barons" of the Gilded Age. Though Fisk was admired by the working class of New York and the Erie Railroad, he achieved much ill fame for his role in Black Friday in 1869. He and his partner, Jay Gould, befriended the unsuspecting President Ulysses S. Grant attempting to use the president's good name in a scheme to corner the gold market in New York City. Several years later, Fisk was murdered by a disgruntled business associate. Reportedly 100,000 New Yorkers watched Fisk’s funeral procession. Despite his cutthroat business practices, the public loved him because of his showmanship and good humor.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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