SPINK LONDON | It gives Spink great
pleasure to announce that one of the finest collections of Middle
East and North African Banknotes will be available on the
12th April; the Bruce Smart Collection. Bruce Smart is a
well-known face at banknote conventions around the world. He
is extremely knowledgeable and widely liked and respected. Bruce's
collection is a testament to his hard work and dedication to
finding only the very best of what a country has to offer. Wherever
possible Bruce has bought issued notes, and always in original
condition. Some of these are more than 100 years old and rare
in any grade, while others are hugely popular modern
rarities. One thing is for sure though; bidders will be
clamouring to give them new homes on auction day.
From what is truly a treasure trove
of exquisite rarities, shines lot 12, a National Bank of Egypt, 50
piastres, issued in 1899. This is one of the key notes for the
entire Egyptian series. This type of 50 piastres was the
first paper money issued by the British in Egypt. It was printed in
several runs, and with two signature varieties. This, the rarer
Palmer signature, is one of less than 10 believed to have survived.
Bearing a classic design, it shows the Sphinx in the centre with
archetypal Egyptian fonts and lettering used for the surrounding
text; this is amongst the best we have ever seen at Spink.
Lot 12, estimated:
From amongst the 195 lots, comes
lot 85, another exceptional favourite for collectors: a Government
of Iraq, 1 dinar, issued in 1931. King Faisal I of Iraq was the
first in a line of three monarchs who ruled the country from 1932
until 1958. Faisal I was only in power for a year before his
death and banknotes from this period are extremely scarce.
This 1 dinar is amongst the finest known examples of its kind, and
features a very fine engraving of the King on the right. His
successor, King Ghazi, utilised the same design with an updated
portrait, as did the first issue of the boy-king Faisal II in
Lot 85, estimated: £3,000-4,000.
A modern classic awaits the patient
bidder; lot 155, is a Qatar Monetary Agency, 500 riyals, from 1973.
Despite its relative modernity, this note is a remarkable
survivor. As the highest denomination and worth a
considerable sum, 500 riyal notes were scarce even when they were
issued in the early 1970's. Nowadays, they are one of the rarest
and most sought after notes amongst collectors of the region.
To find one in such a supreme grade is nothing short of
Lot 155, estimated:
For more Information, please
contact Andrew Pattison:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4044| Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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