Forthcoming event - world banknotes

London, 4th and 5th November 2020

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Iraq, colour trial 1 dinar of 1947 with King Faisall II, who ascended the throne at the age of four after the death of his father King Ghazi I
Bradbury Wilkinson test note design with Charles I
Iraq, vignette of King Faisal II as a youth with his signature
Qatar and Dubai 50 riyals of 1966

This Autumn we are holding our annual World Banknotes auction with a varied group of interesting paper money.

Continuing with a strong Iraq showing in the Spring auction we have this lovely Government of Iraq, colour trial 1 dinar of 1942 in purple with King Faisal II as a child. Also a vignette of King Faisal II as a youth seen on the 1947 first issue with his signature at lower right. Moving onto the Gulf countries, we have a Qatar & Dubai Currency Board 50 riyals of 1966 – the second highest denomination of this iconic and short-lived series.

One of the most interesting items in this sale has to be this ‘Office Francais des Papiers Fiduciaires’ book in red leather comprising of test notes from five different printers including Waterlow & Sons and Bradbury Wilkinson. In total there are 65 notes in the album with 13 varieties of weight and paper for each print. This album showcases each printer’s unique style of art, a must-have item for any banknote collector!

1 Gulden 1815
5 Gulden 1815
10 Gulden 1815

The highlight of the sale without a doubt is this group of Netherlands Indies notes from the early 1800s, including an excep-tional group of very rare banknotes from the Netherlands East Indies and Suriname, starting with the earliest set of 1, 5, 10 gul-den 1815. It is extremely difficult to find this set in such top condition.

Netherlands East Indies, Government State note, unissued 1, 5, 10, gulden 1815 all with masterfully ornate border and embossed seal of a crowned W for (King William I) in circular frame (Pick 1, 2, 3 for type, Plomp PLN I 9.1u, 9.2u, 9.3u for similar, Van Elmpt NI 4002, 4003, 4004) see pictures 1 2 and 3.
Netherlands East Indies Treasury notes, Tahun issue, an unissued 1 gulden, 1825, black and white on watermarked paper, ‘Goed voor eenen Gulden in ornate script top centre, border around and text in Dutch, Arabic and Javanese (Plomp PLNI 11.1u, Van Elmpt NI 4201), extremely rare.

Netherlands East Indies Treasury notes, Tahun issue, an unissued 1000 gulden, 1825, black and white on watermarked paper, ‘Goed voor duizend Gulden in ornate script top centre, border around and text in Dutch, Arabic and Javanese (Plomp PLNI 11.9u, Van Elmpt NI 4209), extremely rare.

1 Gulden ND (1825)
1 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
50 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
100 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
1000 Gulden ND (1825)
5 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
10 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
25 Gulden ND (1832-1838)

The star lot from this offering, all of the highest rarity and in excellent condition, is a wonderful set of the 1832 Netherlands Indies copper money series (Kopergeld), in an excellent state of preservation, consisting of an unissued set on watermarked paper comprising 1 gulden, green and white, 5, 10, 25 and 50 gulden, all black and white, 100 gulden, blue and white and a 500 and 1000 gulden, both red and white. All with ornate border around, KOPERGELD in vertical panel at left, Javanese script at left border and counterfoil at left. The banknotes are printed by Joh. Enschedé en Zonen (JEZ), in the Netherlands (Pick 17-24 for type, Plomp PLNI 13.1u-13.8u).

500 Gulden ND (1832-1838)
1000 Gulden ND (1832-1838) Estimate £25,000-30,000
15 Centen 1844
50 Centen 1844

In addition, we have two exceptional Suriname banknotes. These banknotes are not recorded on the Track and Price website and offer a rare opportunity to collectors of Suriname and Netherlands West Indies.
Surinam, West-Indische Bank, an unissued 15 and 50 centen, 1844,
(Pick 31, 33 for type, Plomp PLS5.2u 5.4u).

This is just small taster of the auction, so look out for more highlights across our social media platforms and in the catalogue, which will be available via www.spink.com and the SpinkLive app.

The World Banknotes sale will take place in London on 4th and 5th November 2020. For further information please contact Barnaby Faull, [email protected]

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