PMG's Featured Note of the Month: South Africa 20 Rand

Posted on 4/15/2022

This note is one of many from South Africa paying tribute to wildlife.

South Africa, Reserve Bank ND (2005) 20 Rand graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated
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Country: South Africa

Catalog Number: Pick# 129a

Date: ND (2005)

Denomination: 20 Rand

Varieties: PMG has also graded examples of Pick# 129b and Pick# 129bs (Specimen note), which have a different signature than Pick# 129a.

What makes it special? April 22 is Earth Day, a time when many people put a focus on conservation efforts. South Africa helps promote biodiversity with its network of reserves, including Kruger National Park, home to thousands of elephants. The ban on ivory has helped African elephant populations, but they remain endangered.

Did you know? One of the interesting aspects about vintage banknotes is they can capture a sense of what is deemed important at the time. A century ago, this Belgian Congo note showed elephant tusks on its front.

Total graded by PMG: PMG has graded 38 examples of Pick# 129a, 58 of Pick# 129b and single Pick# 129bs (Specimen).

PMG median grade: PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

PMG highest graded: One example of Pick# 129a is graded PMG 70★ EPQ as of April 2022.

Sales highlights: A Pick# 129a graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ sold for $36 on eBay in January 2022.

PMG Registry: This note is part of South African Reserve Bank, 1990-Date, P123-Date, Complete, Including Varieties, which is currently led by adrian123456's South Africa 1990-Date set. The set is 100% complete will all 41 spots filled, including Pick# 129a and Pick# 129b, which are both present with examples graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

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