1884 American Express Company Stock Certificate Signed by President James C. Fargo (Signature Certified)

1884 American Express Company Stock Certificate Signed by President James C. Fargo (Signature Certified)

James Congdell Strong Fargo (May 5, 1829 – February 8, 1915) was president of the American Express Company for 30 years and the brother of American Express Company and Wells Fargo co-founder, William Fargo. In addition to his pivotal role in positioning American Express as one of the great institutions of American finance, J.C. Fargo is also responsible for the introduction of the traveler’s check. During the late 1880’s, Fargo took a trip to Europe on which he became infuriated and frustrated by his difficulty in obtaining cash, despite the fact he was president of American Express and carried traditional letters of credit. Upon his return, Fargo consulted Marcellus Flemming Berry to create a better solution. Berry, who had already invented the express money order in 1882, created the first American Express Traveler’s Cheque under Fargo’s direction, which was launched in 1891 in $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations. Offered here is an exquisite stock certificate issued by American Express and signed by James C. Fargo in 1884. It features an early vignette of a watchdog—the original company mascot that symbolized trust and security. You will receive the unique item shown in the photos. 

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The stock will be housed in 1 archival quality acetate protective sleeve, ready for safe storage, display, or framing.


This document is roughly 11.5 x 8 inches.

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