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Auction: 23888 - The Michael E. Bonine Collection of Persian and World Banknotes
Lot: 13

(x) Imperial Bank, Kingdom of Persia, 2 Tomans, Isfahan, 1st November 1921, serial number P/C 048777, in the late 1800s, Isfahan became the fourth branch of the Imperial Bank of Persia, following Tehran, Tabriz, and Bushire. It inaugurated its operations in June 1890 and commenced issuing banknotes specifically for the region from December 1890 until 29 March 1933.
This particular banknote, produced by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co., is pink and green with its obverse showcasing Farsi text, a coat of arms with the Kiani crown, a portrait of Naser al-Din Qajar in a military uniform and fez, with symbols of a sun, lion, and sword. A stamped seal bearing black Farsi text is also prominent. The note is dated 1st November 1921, and bears the inscription "Payable at Isfahan only" in the lower centre margin.
On the reverse, English text is juxtaposed with the same coat of arms. The split prefix letters and the distinctive serial number "P/C 048777" are prominently displayed at the centre, lower left, and upper right. Furthermore, it stands as the sole banknote issued for Isfahan within this impressive collection
(Pick 2, BNB 103, Bonine A.2), in PMG holder 25 Very Fine, only 7 notes in higher grades on PMG Census, scarce

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