Put your trust in this extremely rare check signed by industrialist John D. Rockefeller Sr. (d.1937) the original one-percenter. Famed as the first American billionaire, Rockefeller also founded the first great U.S. business trust corporation in 1882. Issued just two years after the establishment of the Standard Oil Trust, this major rarity ranks among the most important of financial collectibles. More details on our website.
Made in the then staggering amount of $130,000, this major find is crisp and appealing with sharp graphics, fully legible writing and clean surfaces, meriting a desirable (VF) designation with deference to several unobtrusive cancellation cuts/punches and a few small pin-holes near the left end. Rockefeller’s majestic (“9”) signature appears as “J.D. Rockefeller” at lower right next to the handwritten address “Standard Oil Company of NY, 44 Broadway, New York, NY”. Dated 9/29/1884, this substantial specimen is endorsed on the reverse by payee Charles L. Colby (“8-9”), a powerful businessman, whose family held extensive railroad interests. Colby and Rockefeller are reported as having been close friends and their sons Everett Colby and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. attended Brown University together. Full photo LOA from JSA.
Those seeking singular items will be interested to know that avid check collector James Spence stated upon reviewing this item, that this is the first Rockefeller check he has ever seen. Head of leading authentication service JSA, Spence has viewed countless items over his lengthy career including stock certificates and letters signed by Rockefeller, but never before has a check been brought to his attention. Research confirms the lack of J.D.R. checks available, which is interesting considering his position as the leading industrialist of his time. Another interesting fact is that accounting for time and other factors he is considered the richest man in U.S. history by a wide margin.