World Banknotes 28-30th of September 2016 Spink London

Excerpt from the sale preview: 

It’s that time of year again and the eagerly anticipated Autumn World Banknotes sale is here. It doesn’t seem so long ago when I was a young man (to many of you I still am!) that the banknote department was grudgingly allowed a few banknote lots at the end of a coin sale, how things have changed. This time, it seems we have been cataloguing from dawn to dusk for the last few months and we have three magnificent catalogues to show for it. First and foremost, there is our general world auction of almost 2200 lots.

Following this, we have a Bank of England charity auction featuring the first Bank of England Polymer issue and a substantial British sale with a strong Scottish offering. As usual, we have a splendid group of specimens, proofs and essays including some staggeringly rare Commonwealth issues. For example, a 1929 Palestine £50, a Gibraltar £50 of 1914, and notes from the Turks and Caicos, Grenada and Mauritius. There is also a beautiful group of issued Belgian Congo and a wonderful mix of French Colonial issues, all of which are worthy of special attention.

This auction is enhanced by several individual collections from all over the world.Scattered throughout the sale are elements of the Ralph Parry Collection (highlighted with red lot numbers). Most of this is featured in our British sale, but several notes can be found here. There is a lovely group of Indian notes from an old colleague. I last saw these over 25 years ago when you could still find good notes in some quantity! We have a truly exceptional grouping of early Ottoman specimen notes with vibrant colours and intricate calligraphy, including the note below - a 50,000 livres of 1916. The Mel Huang collection, located before the Russia section, is a very nice selection from one of the ‘real’ collectors who keep this wonderful hobby afloat. Be sure to look at the 100 rubles of 1884, known as the ‘rainbow note’. Other highlights include the remarkable Peter Dorfman Collection of Egyptian Fractional Currency. This is at the start of the Egypt section, and includes some spectacular Royal Numbers and other rarities.



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World Banknotes 28-30th of September 2016 Spink London

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