A WORLD VIEW AT
OUTSTANDING AUCTION OF WORLD
TO BE HELD IN LONDON
10TH & 11TH APRIL 2013
London. February 15, 2013. One of
the rarest and most desirable banknotes in the world is set to
steal the limelight of Spink's World Banknotes auctionon
April 10 & 11th, 2013. A 1929 Palestine
£100 specimen, numbered amongst the greatest rarities in banknote
collecting, is estimated to fetch between £80,000-120,000.
In superb condition the note
features the White Tower at Ramleh and the signatures of Sir Percy
Ezechiel, Sir John Caulcutt and Roland Vanables Members of the
Palestine Currency Board. On its reverse it displays the Tower of
David and the Citadel of Jerusalem at centre. It bears the serial
number A 000000 and is a green and pale orange-brown colour. Fresh
and fine, Spink's banknote experts anticipate huge interest.
The Palestine note is just one of
the highlights of this diverse sale, which features notes from all
over the world, including some of the rarest examples from British
Burma. A pair of consecutive Government of India, Burma issue 100
rupee notes from Rangoon, are estimated to fetch £8,000-9,000. They
feature consecutive serial numbers: T/16 747336-337 and are very
rare, as to have a consecutive pair is almost unprecedented. The
notes (illustrated below), are violet and green in colour and
feature George V at the top right.
Commenting on the sale Barnaby
Faull, Head of Spink's Banknotes department said: "We are delighted
to have more than 1,500 lots of fine world currency, making this
one of our largest, most diverse auctions of rare notes, from
around the globe."
One of only a few known examples of
a popular Libyan banknote among collectors is The Kingdom of Libya
£10, which dates from 1952 and features King Idris at left.
It bears the serial number: A/1
054200 and is brown on a multicolour underprint. It is in
immaculate condition for its type and is therefore estimated at
A fabulously rare Australian
specimen in the sale is estimated to fetch £18,000-24,000. The
Commonwealth of Australia specimen £10 (pictured below), dates from
1952 and bears a beautifully engraved George VI example. With
serial number V/24 000001, it is red brown and pale green in colour
and bears the signatures of Coombs-Wilson.
Another important note, worthy of
highlighting, is a stunning specimen 20 Florin note (pictured
below), from the East African Currency Board, Mombasa, dating from
1st May, 1920. These notes are exceptionally rare as
they were issued for one year only. The note in Spink's sale
therefore is one of the only examples believed extant today. It is
estimated to fetch £6,000-8,000.
Elsewhere in the sale are two of
the first Seychelles notes issued by Elizabeth II and the first to
feature her portrait. The notes (pictured right), are therefore the
very first in the series, with the serial number 00001.
They have excellent provenance,
coming directly from the family of Sir William Addis, the Governor
of the Seychelles (1953-57) and have never been seen before until
now. They are estimated to fetch £3-5,000 for the 10 rupee note and
between £4,000-6,000 for the 50 rupee note).
Spink are delighted to be able to
offer an Imperial Bank of Persia 100 tomans note from Tehran,
dating from 1924. The 100 toman note (illustrated below), is almost
impossible to find in any condition and is therefore amongst the
rarest of Iranian and Persian banknotes. The note in a blue green,
orange and mauve colour is absent from most collections and is
likely to draw much attention in the sale. Shah Muzzaffar-al-Din is
pictured at right with two manuscript signatures at the low centre
and the reverse is in a blue and purple colour. This outstanding
note is estimated to realise between £22,000-25,000.
A unique group of early British
Commonwealth designs, trials and specimens from the 1900s in the
sale, offer an insight into the design and printing process of
banknotes, as well as the banking history of the more obscure areas
of the Commonwealth.
Other trials include a Government
of Siam colour trial 1000 baht. Dating from April 1925, the note
shows a Garuda bird in the top left, with a three headed elephant
low right. The reverse is in lilac and brown and a ceremonial
procession is featured in an oval frame. The 1925 1000 baht note is
extremely scarce and well justified its estimate of
Among other rare notes of very high
quality are those from the Raphael Dvir Collection of Palestine
currency, which contain many of the rarest types in this much
sought after series. The sale also offers exciting groups from
Libya, Egypt, Iraq, India and Australia and many other countries.
There are also extensive collections from Algeria and Bulgaria from
the Alan Cole Collection.
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