Following the success of World
Banknotes sale in July, Spink London will hold its flagship sale, a
three day auction of World Banknotes, from the 30th
September to 2nd October 2014.
Amongst an impressive range of over
2200 notes, essays, specimens and archive groups from around the
world, the auction will feature notable collections from Maurice
Muszynski, one of the most prominent French paper money collectors
and experts in the field.
Divided into two catalogues, the
first two days are devoted to collections and single items from a
variety of countries, including the unique collections of French
West Indies & Reunion and Lebanon & Syria from
Barnaby Faull, Spink Specialist,
comments; "We have not had a collection of French Colonies for many
years and this is certainly one of the best ever assembled of these
lovely notes. The Lebanon and Syria also include some completely
unknown proofs for notes which were never made." For a full
interview with Barnaby Faull,
please click here to watch the auction podcast.
A highlight from the Muszynski
collection is a Lebanese 'carpet' note, a specimen 100 livres from
the Banque de Syrie et du Liban (Lot 1111). Printed in beautiful
and vivid colours in an ornate Arabesque design, the stunning
example is very rare and is one of only 30 known. Estimated £3,500
Estimate: £3,500 - £5,500
Also on offer is an archival group
including over 100 essays for banknotes that have never been made.
A highlight is an obverse essay for £1 from the Bahamas (Lot 77).
Featuring a portrait of King George V, the unique essay is executed
exceptionally by hand. Valued £5,000 - £6,000.
Estimate: £5,000 - £6,000
Other notable highlights include a
50 piastres note from the National Bank of Egypt. This early
note from 1899 includes the exceptionally rare Palmer signature, of
which only around 8 are known (Lot 482 - estimated £10,000 -
£15,000). Also included is one of the best known issued £50
notes from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, 1934, featuring a
portrait of the Maori King Tawhiao (Lot 1394 - estimated £20,000 -
Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000
Rounding off the three day auction
will be a varied selection of over 400 lots from Britain.
Highlights include a very early £10
from the Bank of England, signed by Frank May, the then chief
cashier, and dated 1888 (Lot 1866 - estimated £8,000 -
£10,000). Additionally, and quite probably for the first time
in auction anywhere, we have a 1930 10 shillings from the States of
Guernsey. This variety has never been seen by most experts
and collectors and is in superb condition. (Lot 2067 -
estimated £3,000 - £5,000).
Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000
Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
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