PMG-certified Guatemala Rarities Part of Sedwick Auction
Posted on 11/12/2020
Some of the rarest Guatemalan banknotes known are starring in Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC’s Treasure Auction 28. The live online auction will be held November 17 to November 19, 2020.
The top note in the sale is lot 1298 is a 500 Pesos note issued by the Banco Agricola Hipotecario and dated to June 1st, 1917. Certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), it is graded PMG 20 Very Fine and has an estimate of $10,000 and up.
|Guatemala 1917 Banco Agricola Hipotecario 500 Pesos graded PMG 20 Very Fine.
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This rarity is one of just two known surviving examples and is the only one graded by PMG. It has been off the market for over 38 years since it last appeared in Almanzar’s Auction 31 on May 25, 1982 as part of the Odis Clark Jr. Collection. It also has the distinction of being the plate note for the type in Clark’s Paper Money of Guatemala (1971) and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Specialized Issues (various editions).
The main vignette on this large size note (210 mm by 130 mm) by Waterlow & Sons is a dramatic representation of a triumphant Neptune, trident in hand, rising above the ocean waves in a clamshell chariot pulled by sea-horses (hippocamps). A smaller vignette of a woman in a winged chariot pulled by lions in the lower right corner further adds to the allegorical theme. The reverse shows a red-orange-colored geometric design with a woman’s portrait in the center.
Another key Guatemalan banknote rarity in the auction from the Odis Clark Jr. Collection is lot 1299, an elusive Banco Nacional de Guatemala 1 Peso issued in 1874 graded PMG 25 Very Fine, with a Previously Mounted comment. Like the 500 Pesos, it is also a plate note for the type in Clark’s Paper Money of Guatemala (1971). The note is tied with one other example as finest known in the PMG Population Report. Its estimate in the auction is $6,000 and up.
The undated note features twin portraits of Guatemalan Presidents J. Rufino Barrios at left and J.M. Samayoa at right, flanked by two allegorical female vignettes. The dark green reverse design is an intricate arrangement of denominators and the bank title along with a large red Banco Nacional seal. It was designed and printed by the Washington, D.C.-based Columbian Bank Note Company.
Beyond Guatemala rarities, several other countries are represented in the sale. The finest graded Honduras 5 Pesos dated to January 1, 1889 appears as lot 1301. The note, graded PMG 55 About Uncirculated EPQ, is a type that is listed yet unpriced in the Standard Catalog reference. The estimate on the note is $1,250 to $2,000.
|Honduras 1889 Billete del Tesoro 5 Pesos graded PMG 55 About Uncirculated EPQ.
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Other PMG-graded banknotes in the auction include:
- Lot 1294 – Guatemala 1945 Banco Central 20 Quetzales graded PMG 30 Very Fine. This "top pop" is very rare. Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000.
- Lot 1292 – Guatemala 1926 Banco Central 100 Quetzales Specimen graded PMG 63 Choice Uncirculated. This very rare note is the finest and only example in PMG Population Report, and is the Standard Catalog plate note. Estimate: $5,000 to $7,500.
- Lot 1300 – Guatemala 1894 Sucursal Guatemala del Banco de Occidente 1 Peso graded PMG Choice Fine 15. This very rare note is the finest-known example in the PMG Population Report. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000.
- Lot 1295 – Guatemala 1935-43 Banco Central 10 Quetzales graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. This note is a "top pop." Estimate: $1,000 and up.
- Lot 1286 – Colombia 1938 Banco de la Republica 1 Peso Oro Front and Back Proofs both graded PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ. Estimate: $400 to $600.
- Lot 1288 - El Salvador 1954 Banco Central de Reserva 10 Colones graded PMG 65 Gem Uncirculated EPQ. Estimate: $250 to $375.
- Lot 1287 - Cuba 1961 20 Pesos (CIA counterfeit - Bay of Pigs Invasion Force) graded PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ. Estimate: $200 to $300.
Bidder registration and absentee bidding for the auction is available at SedwickCoins.com.
This is a guest article. All estimates are provided by the auction house.
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