Santa Ana, California — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce their April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction. It presents a very diverse auction and the catalog contains pieces for every type of collector of Asian bank notes, from empire to commonwealth, and all the way down to fancy numbers and errors. Included among the highlights are pieces from India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Straits Settlements.
For Indian bank note collectors, there is lot 60046, a 100-rupee Sicca Osmania from Hyderabad, and lot 60047, a 1929 1000-rupee Sicca Osmania. Japanese collectors of the WWII occupation of Russia will be pleased to see a 10-kopeks (lot 60070), and a 50-kopeks (lot 60071), followed by lot 60072, the finest graded Pick M21 one-ruble.
An exciting 1995 Macau Specimen Set exhibiting the lotus blossom watermark is available in lot 60095, with all pieces in Gem condition. A fully Uncirculated Malaya 1,000 dollar BWC Specimen in lot 60103 carries an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000. Two lots later, lot 60105 presents a complete type set of 1953 Malaya and British Borneo notes Pick 1 through Pick 7. All pieces of that lot are issued, with the exception of the very elusive 10,000 dollar Queen Elizabeth II specimen, which is in Uncirculated condition. Malaya and British Borneo collectors looking to collect three different specimen varieties of that same 10,000 dollar design will find them in lots 60107, 60108, and 60109. These lots contain two different specimen varieties and a color trial for the design.
For the first time, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is offering a fully issued one-peso Pick A26a from the Philippines in lot 60142. These are seldom seen issued, and the only examples the firm has offered in prior sales were remainders. Singapore collectors will find a gorgeous issued 10,000 dollar TDLR Pick 8A in lot 60162 and a later issued 10,000 dollar specimen, Pick 17s in lot 60164.
The most important single highlight of the sale is perhaps a 1901 Straits Settlements Pick 4C 100 dollar note in lot 60182. It is exceptional, represents the first issued example seen by the firm, and is one of only two known in any form. The note carries a modest estimate of $100,000. Lot 60188 offers a pair of 1925 dated 50 and 100 dollar notes.
For China collectors, there are a couple of Ming Dynasty notes, as well as an extremely rare two-kuan note from the Yuan Dynasty that is offered in lot 60226. A 1914 Bank of China 10-yuan remainder, Pick 35r, is available in lot 60263, and a Temple of Heaven 1917 100 dollar note follows a few lots after in lot 60268. For collectors of consecutive notes, lots 60341 through 60350 contain nine fully consecutive lots of 10 pieces. Only the 10th lot has one note that doesn’t run consecutively to the pack of 1,000 Pick 850 1949 1000-yuan notes. The highlight of the People’s Republic of China section is lot 60359, the very popular 1953 large format issued 10-yuan. With over 534 lots in this sale, and a Chinese section containing everything from rare foreign bank notes to communist bank notes, the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Auction surely has something for everybody.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins, currency, and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s legacy includes the cataloging and sale of several valuable United States coin and currency collections — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
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