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World Banknote Auctions Presents Live Sale 20

This week World Banknote Auctions has listed Live Sale 20, which closes on January 13, 2022, with live bidding that day at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. Live Sale 20 offers 477 lots from around the world, with select highlights including a strong selection of Canada, Ethiopia and Indonesia, with other highlights literally covering all corners of the globe.

We also would like to use this opportunity to thank all our customers for a very successful 2021. As we all have navigated this global pandemic we hope we have been able to offer an exciting new way to acquire banknotes for your collection. We have some exciting plans for the new year and hope you will continue to join us in the new year.

As always, our shipping rates continue to be flat-rate in 2022. Unfortunately with the rising costs of shipping we have had to raise our shipping fees for the new auction. Starting with Live Sale 20 our US shipping is $15, while overseas shipping is $30. Our buyer’s premium remains a low 15%, with $5 minimum.

Lot 20015 is a scarce 1 Pound from Australia (ND 1952 Issue) graded Very Fine 30 by PCGS Banknote with a solid 4 serial number. While solid serial numbers such as this are typically pulled from uncirculated packs, at the time this was issued “fancy” serial numbers were released into circulation, and as this example attests, would often go unnoticed for quite some time before it was saved by an astute collector. It now carries a pre-auction estimate of $300-$400.

Lot 20057 is a scarce Burma ND (1939) 100 Rupees graded Choice Fine 15 by PMG with a comment for rust. While having the same design as Indian banknotes of the era, the colors are different, and the issues for Burma are considerable scarcer than those from its bigger neighbor. This scarce note carries a pre-auction estimate of $600-$800.

Lot 20061 is a PMG graded Choice UNC 64 EPQ 10 Dollars from the Banque Provinciale du Canada dated January 2nd, 1935. Listed in the Charlton catalog as 615-16-04, this note features a low serial number “3”. While other low numbers are known they are seldom offered for sale, making this a rare opportunity for the Canadian specialist. It carries an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Lot 20116 is the highest denomination of the iconic 1932-33 series of Ethiopia. This 500 Thalers (part of a complete set offered in this sale) is graded Choice Very Fine 35 EPQ by PMG. One of the classic and quintessential African notes, these are very scarce as they had extremely limited issuance and represented large purchasing power at the time of issue. This rarity carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,500-$3,000.

Lot 20146 is a classic French-printed example of a banknote from French West Africa. This 1950 100 Francs (Pick-40) is graded Choice Uncirculated 63 EPQ by PMG. Free of the pinholes that typically plague French printed notes from this era, this note would be perfect for an advanced African type set. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $800-$1,000.

Lot 20196 is a difficult 10 Rupees from India, undated bit issued between 1917 and 1930, graded About UNC 55 EPQ by PMG and identified as Pick-6. While this is a type that is relatively available in lower grades, it is extremely difficult to find in About Uncirculated grade, particularly in problem-free condition with the “Exceptional Paper Quality” designation. This note carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,500-$3,000.

Lot 20205 is an extremely rare note from a very popular series of Indonesia. This ND (1957) 10 Rupiah is listed in the catalog as Pick-49Aa and is graded Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ by PMG. It is one of just five issued examples graded by PMG, and is surpassed by just a single example in the PMG population report. This type, with a stag at left, was reportedly only issued for three days before inflation deemed this (and the 25 Rupiah) unnecessary and they were withdrawn. Particularly rare in issued format, it is unclear if they ever circulated, and most issued examples such as this were later destroyed. Typically only encountered in specimen format, this is a fully issued note with regular serial number. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $4,000-$5,000.

Lot 20206 is the aforementioned 25 Rupiah from the same ND (1957) series of Indonesia in specimen format (Pick-49Bs) graded Choice Uncirculated 63 by PMG with a comment for previous mounting. This denomination features an appealing vignette of a rhino and is extremely rare as well. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Lot 20380 is a specimen of a Romania 1934 1000 Lei (Pick-37s) graded PMG About UNC 53 with a comment for a minor tear. Very difficult to locate in specimen format, this is one of just a few such offerings in recent years. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $600-$800.

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