Previously Unknown British India Note Among PMG-Certified Rarities in London Sale
Posted on 9/11/2019
A rare note from British India certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) will be in the spotlight at the Spink World Banknotes Auction taking place October 2 and 3, 2019, in London.
The India / British Administration 1925 1,000 Rupees note was issued in Kurrachee, now Karachi (a Pakistani city since 1947). Before this “discovery note” came to light, the only known issuing branches for 1925 British India 1,000 Rupee notes were Bombay (now Mumbai) and Calcutta (now Kolkata).
|This is the only 1925 British India 1,000 Rupee note known to have been issued in Kurrachee (now Karachi). The PMG-certified “discovery note” is expected to bring upwards of £70,000 ($86,000 USD) at auction.|
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Attesting to its uniqueness is the fact that the note is not listed in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Graded PMG 25 Very Fine, this note has an estimate of £70,000 to £80,000 (about $86,000 to $99,000 USD).
“This note is a significant discovery that will be highly sought by advanced India collectors,” said Kelvin Cheung, Spink Global Head of Banknotes and Bonds.
The auction also features rare notes issued by the East African Protectorate and the East African Currency Board. An East Africa / British Administration 1912-16 500 Rupees note issued in Mombasa is expected to sell for between £40,000 and £50,000 (about $50,000 to $61,000 USD). Graded PMG 53 About Uncirculated NET, the note is likely unique in issued format.
Another British East African note, an East Africa, Currency Board 1921 10,000/- Shillings issued in Mombasa, carries an auction estimate of £30,000-£40,000 (about $37,000 to $50,000 USD). Graded PMG 35 Choice Very Fine, this note is the only known example in issued format.
Other significant PMG-certified banknotes being offered in the upcoming Spink auction include:
- An East Africa, Currency Board 1920 50 Florins graded PMG 53 About Uncirculated. Estimate: £45,000 to £55,000 (about $55,000 to $69,000 USD)
- An India / British Administration 1865 50 Rupees Proof graded PMG 50 About Uncirculated. Estimate: £25,000-£30,000 (about $31,000 to $37,000 USD)
- An East Africa / British Administration 1912 50 Rupees graded PMG graded 62 Uncirculated. Estimate: £20,000-£25,000 (about $25,000 to $31,000 USD)
- An Iraq, Government of Iraq 1931 (ND 1936) 100 Dinars graded PMG 30 Very Fine. Estimate: £20,000-£22,000 (about $25,000 to $27,000 USD)
- An India / British Administration 1915-26 1000 Rupees graded PMG 35 Choice Very Fine. Estimate: £15,000-£20,000 (about $18,000 to $25,000 USD)
- A Straights Settlements 1906-24 1 Dollar Specimen graded PMG 62 Uncirculated NET. Estimate: £11,000-£12,000 (about $14,000 to $15,000 USD)
- A Commonwealth of Australia ND (1954-59) £10 Specimen graded PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated. Estimate: £10,000-£12,000 (about $12,000 to $15,000 USD)
- A French India 1902 50 Roupies Specimen graded PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ. Estimate: £9,000-£10,000 (about $11,000 to $12,000 USD)
- An India / British Administration ND (1917) 2 Rupees, 8 Annas graded PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated. Estimate: £8,000-£9,000 (about $10,000 to $11,000 USD)
- A Syria, Syria Issue with Lebanon Overprint 1939 100 Livres graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated EPQ. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000 (about $7,000 to $10,000 USD)
All estimates provided by the auction house.