On 16th July 2014, Spink
London completed a two-day sale of 'World Banknotes'. In addition
to over 1000 lots of issued notes, colour trials, composite essays,
die proofs and specimens, Spink offered established collections
from Sune Persson and Steve Wright.
The first day (15th July
2014) began with a comprehensive selection 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
A highlight of this section was a
very rare and 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 realised £3,720.
Price Realised: £3,720
Following the Sune Persson
collection was a general world section, featuring notes from a
multitude of sources, both trade and private. This included an
extremely rare pale tan booklet containing 23 specimen 2 rupee
notes issued by the Ceylon Government, serial number M/35 00000
(Lot 521). Dated 2nd October 1939, the attractive yet unusual
booklet achieved £7,800.
Price Realised: £7,800
The second day brought highlights
such as a scarce specimen of 25 riyals from the Qatar and Dubai
Currency Board Co. (Lot 996), this example is
printed with an exceptionally rare Arabic specimen overprint as
well as the usual English. Choice uncirculated, it achieved
Price Estimate: £12,600
Another impressive item on offer
was an exceptionally fine colour trial of $50 from the Board of
Commissioners of Currency, Malaya and British Borneo (Lot 851).
Dated 1953, the note features a portrait of Elizabeth II and arms
of the Federated States on the reverse. Garnering interest from
both Spink Live and bidders on the phone, the colour trial realised
a price of £12,000, exceeding five times its estimate.
Price Realised: £12,000
Offered towards the end of the 1666
lot auction is the Steve Wright Collection from the Isle of Man,
most certainly the largest group of its type ever to be offered in
a single session.
Within the collection was a £1 note
from Lloyds Bank Limited (Lot 1562). Dated 12 March 1941, it
originally belonged to the sister of a young farmer, and WWII
recruit, who grew up on the Isle of Man and posted money to his
mother as soon as he had been paid by the army. Unfortunately, the
news of his death arrived to his mother before the post, which
contained his note. She kept it until her death in the 1980's. This
poignant note realised £1,320.
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
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