During the 15th,
16th and 17th of April, Spink London will be
holding a sale of World Banknotes comprised of over 2,200 lots from
a vast array of countries. The three day auction is the biggest
sale of its kind Spink has held.
Packed with hundreds of issued
notes, colour trials, composite essays, die proofs and specimens,
the sale will be spilt into two catalogues; the first two days
devoted to World Banknotes and the final day featuring British
Spink Banknote Specialist, Barnaby
"Collectors would love the
opportunity to display their collection from the original composite
essay, the die proof, to the colour trial, the specimen and finally
the issued note, altogether it is a logical and beautiful
Highlights of the auction include
lot 321, a 500 Florins, dated 1920, from The East African Currency
Board. This archival specimen is printed in dark blue and mauve
brown upon a multicolour under print. This note is the highest
denomination of its iconic series and is in superb condition. It is
probably the only example of its type in existence and is estimated
to realise £12,000 - £16,000.
Estimate: £12,000 - £16,000
The huge sale also showcases many
unique, unknown and unrecorded items; for example lot 420, a
specimen proof of £10 from The National Bank of Egypt.
This specimen was designed and
prepared for issue in 1952 for King Farouk but due to the
revolution and consequent abdication, it was never released.
Printed in purple and scarlet upon a multi-coloured under print, it
features an image of the King on the obverse and the ruins at
Karnak with a sphinx on other side. This amazing find is thought to
be unique, estimated £15,000 - 20,000.
Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000
Another rarity is lot 669, a 10
Rupees issued by The Government of India, dated June 8 1863.
This is one of the first series of notes put into circulation by
the Government of India after the Paper Money Act of 1861. The
black and white note is printed with a charming portrait of Queen
Victoria with a wreath of Oak and Bay. This series represents the
only uniface notes in the world to feature a portrait of Queen
Estimate: £30,000 - £35,000
The third sale will focus upon
banknotes from Britain. A noteworthy item in this session is lot
1876, 10 shillings with an extremely low serial number A01 000005.
Printed in red, it features a portrait of Elizabeth II at the right
and Britannia at the centre left and reverse centre. The note comes
complete with a leather presentation case embossed with a gold
Britannia. This very rare item is estimated to realise £2,000 -
Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500
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
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unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide. Spink
is headquartered in London and holds over 70 auctions a year around
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