Over the course of the
15th and 16th of July, Spink London will hold
a sale of 'World Banknotes', featuring collections of world
banknotes from Sune Persson and Isle of Man banknotes from Steve
Wright in addition to over 1000 lots of issued notes, colour
trials, composite essays, die proofs and specimens.
The auction commences with a half
day devoted to a comprehensive collection of banknotes from across
the globe accumulated by the late Professor Sune Perrson, an
eminent expert on the Middle East and avid collector for over 40
Spink Banknote Specialist, Barnaby
Faull, comments "What really sets this collection apart is the
condition of these notes, with almost everything in superb
Included in this section is a very
rare and extremely fine 'Karachi' Issue of 5 rupees, from the
Government of India, serial number; BG/53 37601 (Lot 144). With
fresh and original paper quality, this 1916 issue is estimated at
£2,500 - £3,500.
Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500
The rest of the sale will feature
notes from a multitude of sources, both trade and private, which
together make for a varied and interesting general world
Amongst highlights is a magnificent
example of a printer's archival specimen of 500 escudos from
Mozambique (Lot 898). The note, dated 25 August 1932, features a
low serial number run of A00,001 to A020,000 and a portrait of
Francisco Oliveira de Chamico on the left. Of the utmost rarity and
thought to be unique, the note is estimated £2,000 - £3,000.
Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Another impressive item on offer is
an exceptionally rare banknote for 10,000 rubles from the
Vladikavaz Railroad Company, in South Russia (lot 1036). Featuring
wonderful imagery of the railroad, it is completely original and
about uncirculated. It is estimated £8,000 - £10,000.
Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000
Offered towards the end of the 1666
lot auction is the Steve Wright Collection of Isle of Man
Banknotes, most certainly the largest group of its type ever to be
offered in a single session.
Within the collection is an
excessively rare £10 unissued bill of exchange from Beatson
Copeland & Co., dated 1811-14 (Lot 1508). Printed in black upon
white watermarked paper, the bill contains a detailed vignette of
The Old Fort, Douglas at the top centre.
Stated by Quarmby to be one of only
3 believed extant, the bill is estimated £800 - £1,200, the most
valuable item offered within this section.
Estimate: £800 - £1,200
Spink is the world's leading
auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares,
autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the
Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and
integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices
achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services
to collectors worldwide. Headquartered in London, with
offices in New York, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, Spink
holds over 70 auctions a year. Catalogues can be accessed
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