This week World Banknote Auctions has now listed Live Sale 24, which closes in two different segments. The first segment, the traditional live sale, closes on April 14, 2022, with live bidding that day at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. The following day, on April 15 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 24 offers a total of 834 lots from around the world, with highlights including an advanced selection of Middle Eastern notes from a singe consignor, classic type notes and modern issues that are among the finest known for their respective grades in the population reports. Some highlights are selected below, the entire catalog can be viewed on the company’s website, www.worldbanknoteauctions.com
Lot 24008 is a 10/- Shillings from Australia, undated but issued starting in 1939 (Pick-25a) graded Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ by PMG. While this note is frequently encountered in circulated grades, finding an original, choice uncirculated example is quite difficult. This particular example features Sheehan – McFarlane signatures in orange, which is the first signature combination for this type. This lot is carries a pre-auction estimate of $400-$500.
Lot 24019 is a PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ $100 from Belize, dated 1.11.1983 (Pick-50a). The highest denomination of this series (and in fact the highest denomination issued in Belize to this date) this is a challenging type to acquire, especially so at this grade level. One of the classic Queen Elizabeth II portrait notes and an iconic type surely to become a classic one day. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,500-$2,000.
Lot 24050 comes from the British Caribbean Territories, a term used loosely for what was traditionally known as the British West Indies, which consisted of a number of British colonies in the Caribbean and South America. Dated 28.11.1950, this is a $20 with the portrait of King George VI (Pick-5) graded Very Fine 20 by PMG. A very scarce type to acquire in any grade, this represented a fairly large sum of money at the time of issue and few have survived to this day. This lot carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$1,200.
Lot 24139 is a Haiti 500 Gourdes dated 1979 (issued 1980-1982) printed on Tyvek (Pick-238a) graded Fine 15 NET (comments for PVC Damage, Annotation) by PMG. The highest denomination of the Tyvek series of Haiti, this is widely considered the first circulating notes on what is now known as polymer. Tyvek as currency was used for a relatively short period as a trial run, but the material proved largely unsuitable for use in tropical climates, such as Haiti. A very difficult note with few offerings at public auction, this note carries a pre-auction estimate of $600-$800.
Lot 24279 is a grand note in both size and appearance. This is a Philippines 100,000 Piso dated 1998 (Pick-190a) graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 68 EPQ by PMG. A commemorative issue celebrating the centennial of the Philippines of which just 1,000 examples were printed, until a few years ago this was the largest banknote ever printed. It has become extremely popular and very difficult to find at this grade level, and this example carries a pre-auction estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
Lot 24289 is a 50 Riyals from the first series of Qatar (Pick-4a) graded Extremely Fine 40 by PMG. A very difficult denomination to acquire in any grade, this is the first time we have been able to offer this denomination in any grade. Surely missing from many advanced collections it carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$1,200.
Lot 24299 is a very scarce specimen from Qatar of the ND (1985) 1 Riyal (Pick-13s) graded Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ by PMG. Middle Eastern specimens are typically very scarce and in demand, as they were never distributed to collectors and few have come to the market. While this note in issued form is readily available, it is very scarce in specimen format. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $500-$600.
Lot 24368 is a 1968-dated 10 Rupees from the Seychelles (Pick-15a) graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ by PMG. Known as the “scum” note, for the writing that is (purposefully) hidden below the turtle on the obverse. Very difficult and popular at this grade level, it carries a pre-auction of $1,000-$1,200.
Lot 24418 is a 100 Dirhams from the ND (1973) series of the United Arab Emirates (Pick-5a) graded Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ by PMG. While not the highest denomination of the series it is still a very scarce type, particularly at this grade level. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the introduction of these notes to the United Arab Emirates it is important to remember that the economy of the region has vastly improved over the last few decades and as the population of the area has grown more and more people become interested in these notes, making the small number of available notes much more in demand. This particular example carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,500-$3,000.
Lot 24469 is a PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ example of the unissued 1000 Dong from South Vietnam from the mid 1950s (Pick-4As). This specimen of this iconic note that was never issued into circulation is tied for the finest known in the PMG population report and is a beautiful example of French printing. Original paper wave is seen and the colors are bright and fresh. This lot carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-$20,000.