This week World Banknote Auctions has listed Live Sale 22, which closes in two different segments. The first segment, the traditional live sale, closes on March 3, 2022, with live bidding that day at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. The following day, on March 4th at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific an additional segment closes in a timed auction (no live bidding, although lots may be extended if a bid is received 10 minutes before closing). Live Sale 22 offers 790 lots from around the world, with select highlights including key notes from around the world, classic type notes and modern issues in high grade. Some highlights are selected below, the entire catalog can be viewed on the company’s website, www.worldbanknoteauctions.com
Lot 22060 is the highest denomination of the British Caribbean Territories series with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in specimen (Pick-12cs). Dated January 2nd, 1957 it is graded Choice About Uncirculated 58 EPQ by PMG and is free of any writing typically seen on specimens of this series. It is part of a complete specimen set in this sale, but the $100 is extremely rare in issued form, making it a great opportunity for someone wishing to acquire an example of this type note. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $4,000-$5,000.
Lot 22062 is a true rarity in the British Commonwealth series. It is a fully issued British Guiana 1.1.1942 Twenty Dollars (Pick-16) graded Very Fine 20 (with a comment for minor repairs) by PMG. One of just three issued examples in the PMG population report, it is estimated that there are perhaps half a dozen issued notes known to exist in all grades. This issue, which features an eye-catching and famous design of the Kaieteur Falls represented a large sum of money at the time of issue and circulated in a far flung British Colony, making survivors a rare treat indeed. This rarity carries a pre-auction estimate of $20,000-$25,000.
Lot 22115 is one of the earliest issues for Panama. While the short lived 1941 “Arias” series is well known, prior to the independence of Panama (when it was a part of the modern country of Colombia) notes were also issued specifically for what later became Panama. This 2 Pesos (Pick-S187r), is a remainder from the Estado Soberana de Panamá and is dated 1871. It has been graded Extremely Fine 40 by PMG (with comments for a corner Cut Cancelled and spindle holes). A very difficult issue to locate, particularly at this grade level, it carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,500 to $3,000.
Lot 22154 is a PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ graded example of the ND (1988) $100 from the East Caribbean States, overprinted for Anguilla. Tied for the finest known in the PMG population report notes of this denomination have become extremely popular with collectors since they were issued, and many varieties are very scarce in higher grades. This modern rarity carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,000-$2,500.
Lot 22247 is a very underrated issue from Honduras. This 1932 1 Lempira (Pick-34) is graded Very Fine 25 by PMG. Despite its relatively low face value few were saved, and this note is the single finest in the PMG population report. It is a very scarce type and carries a pre-auction estimate of $400-$500.
Lot 22310 is a very unusual banknote from Lebanon. This 1939 1 Livre (Pick-26c) is graded Choice UNC 64 by PCGS Banknote. What makes this note special is the fact that it contains signatures of what appear to be a number of journalists that were stationed in the country sometime in the 1940s. Perhaps this note was passed around a bar or hotel at some point and signed as a memento. An interesting banknote worth of additional research, it carries a pre-auction estimate of $350-$400.
Lot 22394 is a specimen issue from Portuguese India. This 600 Escudos from 1959 (Pick-45s) is graded Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ by PMG. An odd denomination that was part of the final series of Portuguese India, it is very rare in higher grades in issued form, making specimens such as this a much more affordable alternative. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $600-$800.
Lot 22422 is an undated 10 Nouveaux Francs (Pick-33) from Saint Pierre & Miquelon, graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ by PMG. The islands of Saint Pierre & Miquelon remain French to this day and are the last remnants of French’s once vast colonial empire in North America. A popular series to collect, there has been an uptick in demand recently for high grade examples. This particular example carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$1,200.
Lot 22490 is a PMG Very Fine 30 graded example of the Swedish 1958 10,000 Kronor (Pick-49). The highest denomination ever issued in Sweden, this note is physically quite large and difficult to find in problem-free grades. It is the highest denomination ever issued in Sweden and only exists with the 1958 note. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $3,000-$3,500.
Lot 22518 is the iconic “old man” note from South Vietnam, the ND (1955-56) 1000 Dong issue (Pick-4As) in specimen form. Never issued, this note is one of the classic world banknotes and is in demand from collectors around the world. They exist in both proof and specimen format. This particular example is a specimen with watermark and red control number. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-$20,000.