Auction: CSS36 - Banknotes, Bonds & Shares and Coins of China and Hong Kong
The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, $500, colour trial specimen, 1.8.1930, red and black on multicolour, bank coat of arms top centre, male Roman solider at lower centre, denomination at each corner, reverse similar colour, sampan and junk boat right of centre, hole punched cancelled,
(Pick 58ct), PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated. An iconic design in Hong Kong banknotes nicknamed 'The Big Roman'. No issued notes are known to be extant at present and both the specimens and colour trials are very rarely seen. The last time Spink offered such a note was in November 1996 when it hammered for HKD$230,000 and this note is in a far superior condition. Even the lower denominations of $50 and $100 are very difficult to find, let alone this. A rare opportunity for the serious collector of Hong Kong banknotes to complete their 'Roman' series.