PMG-graded Southeast Asian Banknotes Highlight Spink Auction

Posted on 1/26/2021

The PMG-certified notes in the January sale include a very rare one that was created amid the chaos of World War II.

A rare banknote from Southeast Asia certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is the top lot in a Spink auction. Bidding is already underway for the sale, which will be held on January 30, 2021.

Sarawak 5 Dollars Unissued Specimen graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated.
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The Sarawak 5 Dollars Unissued Specimen graded PMG 58 Choice About UNC was created near the end of World War II in preparation for liberating Sarawak (today part of Malaysia) from Japanese occupation. The note shows Charles Vyner Brooke, the last White Rajah from the British family that ruled Sarawak for over a century until 1946, when Brooke ceded the region to Great Britain.

The note has an estimate of HK$580,000 to HK$950,000 (about $75,000 USD to $123,000 USD).

Meanwhile, the French Indo-China, Banque de I’Indo-Chine 1876-96 5 Piastres graded PMG graded 35 Choice Very Fine has an estimate of HK$580,000 to HK$800,000 (about $75,000 USD to $103,000 USD). The currency was used in French Indochina, modern-day Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Other PMG-certified highlights include:

To view all the lots in the auction, click here. Collectors who wish to view relevant Pridmore catalogue pages and rotational images of the auction's coins may click here.

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