World Banknote Auctions has now listed Live Sale 27 on its website, which is divided in three sessions. Session contains notes from countries A to I, and will be sold on June 16, 2022, with live bidding that day at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. The following day, on June 17th at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific we will offer countries J to Z. Finally, session 3 is a timed session that starts to end on Sunday, June 19 at 6 PM Eastern / 3 PM Pacific, with lots ending every 20 seconds (unless extended, please see the website for details). World Banknote Auctions Sale 27 offers a total of 1310 lots of paper money from around the world. Some highlights are selected below but the entire catalog can be viewed on the company’s website, www.worldbanknoteauctions.com
Lot 27009 is a very rare test issue on polymer for a 1 Peso from Argentina dating back to the 1990s (Pick-339pd) graded Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ by PMG. Polymer, now used in many countries, has never been used for Argentinean banknotes but it was at least briefly considered, as this trial piece shows. So far it is the only Argentinean polymer banknote produced and while never in circulation it belongs in any advanced polymer collection. This test issue carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,250-$1,500.
Lot 27169 is a difficult type from Czechoslovakia graded Choice Very Fine 35 by PMG. Surpassed by just a single finer example in the PMG Population report, this 50 Korun dated 1922 (Pick-16) is a challenging type that is seldom offered for sale in any grade. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,500-$2,000.
The Polish city of Gdansk (or Danzig in German) operated as a semi-autonomous State after World War I and as such issued its own coins and paper money. Lot 27184 in this sale is a challenging type from this city, a PMG Choice UNC 64 graded 500 Gulden from 1924 (Pick-56), and is surely missing from many advanced collections. A high denomination, few were saved in uncirculated grades, and this is quite a special offering for the specialist. This note carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,000-$3,000
Lot 27218 is often seen in specimen format but very seldom in issued form. This is a private bank issue from El Salvador, a 1 Colon dated 1922 from the Banco Agricola Comercial (Pick-S108a) graded Choice Very Fine 35 by PMG. A type that was not saved in quantity, most offerings today from this bank come from the archives of the American Banknote Company that were sold in the early 1990s. Issued notes are few and far between, and a survey of auction records shows no offerings of this type in issued form at public auction in recent years. This challenging note carries a pre-auction estimate of $800-$1,000.
Lot 27387 comes from a very limited series of banknotes issued in Italian East Africa, an Italian colony that today is part of the countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland. This lot offers the second highest denomination of the series (500 Lire 1938, Pick-3a) in PMG Choice Very Fine 35. Not only tied for the finest grade in the population report, this is also the nicest example we have been able to locate for this issue. The note makes claims to a full XF, is bright and fully original, with some pinholes (as typical) preventing an EPQ grade. A special offering for the African specialist, this note is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
The 5 Dollar denomination from the unissued 1924 series of Mongolia (Pick-4r), offered in lot 27486 in PMG About UNC 55 is one of the classic banknote designs of the 1920s. Extremely colorful, the design is a radical departure from the designs typically used on banknotes at the time. A popular series with collectors worldwide, this note carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
High denomination notes remain popular with collectors, and one such note is offered in lot 27632. This is a $500 note from the first series of banknotes for Singapore (Pick-7), issue circa 1972 and graded About Uncirculated 50 EPQ by PMG. While not the highest denomination in the series (there was a $1,000 note and even a $10,000 note issued) $500 represented a large sum of money at the time of issue and as a result this note saw limited issuance and is scarce today. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
Lot 27706 either a printing remnant or test piece for a 20 Dirhams dated 1997 from the United Arab Emirates (Pick-21). Highly unusual, it grades AU and features no serial numbers, although a partial signature is seen. An interesting piece worthy of more research, it carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$1,250.
Lot 27730 is a possibly unique and unpublished pair of trials for Uruguay, these are separate front and back with selvage for a 100 Pesos prepared for the “El Departamento de Emision del Banco de la Republica Oriental Del Uruguay”. Evidently unpublished and the first we have seen with this particular bank name. This design would ultimately be issued by the Banco Central del Uruguay, which issued its first banknotes for Uruguay in 1966 and continues to do so until this day. The various denominations of the 1966 series for the Banco Central were printed by Thomas de la Rue, while the trial pieces in this lot were printed by the United States Banknote Corporation, possibly in an attempt to win the contract to print the new series. It is possible that the bank name had not been decided on yet, as other trial pieces exist of this design printed for the “Banco Central de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay,” which was considered too similar to the name of a commercial bank operating in Uruguay at the time. Highly unusual and possibly unique, this lot offers an exciting opportunity for the South American specialist, and carries a modest pre-auction estimate of $800-$1,000.
Foreign Exchange Certificates are issued in (predominantly) communist countries, typically as a way to control money circulation. Lot 27741 offers one of the rarest of such issues, a 1981 5 Dollars Foreign Exchange Certificate from Viet Nam (Pick-FX9) graded Very Fine 25 EPQ by PMG. A high denomination type that is very rare, few of these have found their way into the collector’s market, as most were exchanged at local banks and they were not allowed to be exported. This relatively modern but extremely rare note carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,200-$1,500.