By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……
Our May Collector’s Choice World Paper Money Sale is currently available online. This sale offers over 400 lots of certified material and is strong in many areas. One of the standout countries is Belgium, a section that contains the following highlights.
Lot 72036 features a Pick 139 Serial Number 1, 1966 50 Francs piece in a PCGS AU holder. The note features vignettes of Baldwin I and Queen Fabiola. Not only does the note bear serial number 1, but it is also A Block. PCGS mentions discoloration on the holder, but it is not very distracting. The following lot, 72037, is the specimen version of this note, numbered Specimen 1.
Some other low serial numbers from Belgium include lot 72026 Pick 86a and 87; lot 72028 Pick 89, a gorgeous 20 Francs in EF, and lot 72029 Pick 90, a high-denomination 100 Francs, all with serial number 3. Lot 72027, a Pick 88 5 Francs, is a Serial Number 5 note.
Another paper money highlight is the Pick 105, PCGS CAN 55, high-denomination 10,000 Francs piece found in lot 72030. The color on this piece is striking and desirable for the type, as the paper and ink used typically causes most examples to be faded and problematic. The vignettes are life-like with Poseidon holding his trident. Allegorical figures including Demeter (Ceres) at left and Poseidon (Neptune) at right. Both are seen with horses below them and maidens below the horses. At center is a statuesque lion resting above the obligation. The centering on this world paper money specimen is marvelous and the eye appeal suggests a much higher grade. This example bears the 1938 date and is one of the nicest we have handled for the type.
The Stack’s Bowers Galleries May Collectors Choice Online Auction of world paper money is available for bidding now. The sale itself will take place Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 9 AM PDT. To register for bidding please call us at 800-458-4646, or email [email protected]. To discuss future consignments, please contact [email protected].
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Make Plans to View Our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin Expo
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the Beasley Collection, the James Roberts Collection, the Xavier Ken Koike Collection, the Rosie Collection, the Andrew Ostromecki Collection and the Q. David Bowers Collection in our official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo in Baltimore. The live auction will take place in Baltimore, Wednesday, June 20 through Friday, June 22 at the Baltimore Convention Center, with the online sessions continuing the following week.
Be sure to make your plans to view this magnificent offering of U.S. coins, medals and exonumia. Lot viewing will take place at our headquarters in Santa Ana, California by appointment only from May 29 – June 1, 2018. Lot viewing will take place in our New York City store by appointment only from June 11-15, 2018. Call 800-458-4646 to schedule your appointment.
Lot viewing in Baltimore will take place in Room 307 of the Baltimore Convention Center, June 19-22, from 9 AM-6 PM. To reserve your copy of the catalog, call us at 800-458-4646 or email us at [email protected].