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Auction: CSS106 - A choice selection of Hong Kong Banknote rarities from the 'Chan' collection
Lot: 9

Mercantile Bank of India, Hong Kong, $50, 1.12.1937, serial number 80842, one handsigned signature, printed Benson signature,
(Pick 240b), PCGS 15 Fine, small splits. By far the scarcest of the 3 dates for the Mercantile $50 with only 1500 notes issued in which only a handful survived to date. One other example on PMG Census. Amazingly scarce example in any grade with lovely original colours. Donovan Benson became bank manager in 1937, same year as when the note issued. To note that Benson was absent during WWII, and hence Harry Hawkins' signature is on the subsequant 1941 issue. Extremely rare and seldom seen. A extremely important piece that was used front and centre in PCGS advertisment. Majestic trophy piece, a "once in a life time" opportunity for collectors to take their collection to the next level. Just stunning!

1937年有利銀行伍拾員,編號80842,手簽票,右下方印有本森簽名,PCGS 15有微裂及書寫。在3個發行年份中發行量最少,僅有1500枚,存世稀少,PMG評級報告中也只有1枚,而此品原色保留極好,品相吸引。當路雲·本森於此品之發行年份1937年成為有利銀行總經理,有別於1941年哈利·霍金斯簽署之版別,萬中無一,絕對能成為任何香港紙鈔收藏之瑰寶


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