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Archives International Auctions / AIA Sale 59 U.S., Chinese & World Banknotes, Scripophily, Coins and SPE - 07/05/2020 / Coins & Paper Money / Stock & Bond - Certificates / Lot 429
Hercules Inc 1972, Unique Production Mock-up Proof by design department. - Delaware, 1972, 100 Shares, Proof mockup pasted on thin card with plastic cover with markings on the outer cover, Elements of design and text pasted onto the card. Black on yellow border and underprint, Hercules holding club at top left, Unique in archives. SCBNC. Hercules, Inc., was a chemical and munitions manufacturing company based in Wilmington, Delaware, incorporated in 1912 as the Hercules Powder Company following the breakup of the Du Pont explosives monopoly by the U.S. Circuit Court in 1911. Hercules Powder Company became Hercules, Inc. in 1966, operating under this name until 2008, when it was merged into Ashland Inc. An earlier Hercules Powder Company was formed in 1882 by DuPont and Laflin & Rand Powder Company. This company was dissolved on June 30, 1904. Hercules was one of the major producers of smokeless powder for warfare in the United States during the 20th century. At the time of its spin-off, the DuPont Corp. retained the processes and patents for the production of "single-base" nitrocellulose gunpowders, whereas Hercules was given the patents and processes for the production of "double-base" gunpowders that combined nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.