We are pleased to offer yet another installment of the Yuri Solovey Collection (session 1) as a part of our December 4-6 Signature Auction of World Paper Money. Mr. Solovey is an investor and businessman with a passion for traveling and culture and is drawn to paper money because of its artistry and history.
His penchant for banknotes began as he encountered the varied circulating currencies from travels around the world, each time bringing examples home with him. His traveling pursuits are a serious endeavor, having tallied visits to 135 countries, including locales that are nearly inaccessible due to politics or sheer remoteness.
In Yuri’s extensive travels, China and the Far East have been some of his favorite places to visit. The history, culture, and geographic beauty captivated him. Collecting currency was an easy foray into deeper research of the history of the region.
The Yuri Solovey Collection of China comes on the heels of an incredibly robust offering of Chinese Foreign Banks in our June 2019 Auction. This offering covers notes listed in the General Issues catalog of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, from the Ming Dynasty to the 20th century.
Also offered here is the Yuri Solovey Collection of Banque de l’Indochine. The Banque de l’Indochine was established in 1875 to operate in French Indochina, much of Asia, and many of the other French colonies. It spanned from Africa across Asia, and far into the Pacific. The notes are classically French in design with vignettes, script, and other elements from their respective areas of issue incorporated into the designs. This offering is one of the most comprehensive ever to be offered around the bank as the main theme.
This present offering from the Solovey holdings spans the world over and will be sure to appeal to a great many banknote collectors. Here are just some of the highlights you will find in the present offering:
- A high-powered Bank of China 1917 Denomination Set of Proofs
- A Bank of China 1913 100 Dollars Specimen
- Ta Ch’ing Government 100 Dollars Specimen Pair
- Two Complete Sets of East Siberian Banque de l’Indochine Specimens
- An overprinted New Caledonia 1000 Francs on 100 Piastres Pick 40
- A French Indochina printer’s essay from the 1875 Issue 100 Piastres
We encourage bidders to peruse closely, as many of the notes up for auction are once-in-a-decade offerings. Also, look forward to more installments of United States and World Paper Money from The Solovey Collection in the coming months.
This auction is open for bidding now at currency.ha.com.