Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce their April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction. It presents a very diverse auction and the catalog contains pieces for every type of collector of Asian banknotes, from Empire, to Commonwealth, and all the way down to fancy numbers and errors. Included among the highlights are pieces from India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Straits Settlements.
For Indian banknote collectors, Lot 60046, a 100 Rupees Sicca Osmania from Hyderabad, and Lot 60047, a 1929 1,000 Rupees Sicca Osmania, will stand out.
Japanese collectors of the WWII Occupation of Russia will be pleased to see a 10 Kopeks (Lot 60070), and a 50 Kopeks (Lot 60071), followed by Lot 60072, the finest-graded Pick M21 1 Ruble.
An exciting 1995 Macau Specimen Set exhibiting the Lotus Blossom watermark is available in Lot 60095, with all pieces in gem condition. A fully Uncirculated Malaya 1000 Dollar BWC Specimen in Lot 60103 carries an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000. Two lots later, Lot 60105 presents a complete type set of 1953 Malaya and British Borneo notes Pick 1 through Pick 7. All pieces of that lot are issued, with the exception of the very elusive 10,000 Dollar Queen Elizabeth II specimen, which is in Uncirculated condition. Malaya and British Borneo collectors looking to collect three different specimen varieties of that same 10,000 design will find them in lots 60107, 60108, and 60109. These lots contain two different specimen varieties, and a color trial for the design.
For the first time, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is offering a fully issued 1 Peso Pick A26a from the Philippines in Lot 60142. These are seldom-seen issued, and the only examples the firm has offered in prior sales were remainders.
Singapore collectors will find a gorgeous issued 10,000 Dollar TDLR Pick 8A in Lot 60162 and a later-issued 10,000 Dollar Specimen, Pick 17s in Lot 60164.
The most important single highlight of the sale is perhaps a 1901 Straits Settlements Pick 4C 100 Dollar note in Lot 60182. It is exceptional, represents the first issued example seen by the firm, and is one of only two known in any form. The note carries a modest estimate of $100,000. Lot 60188 offers a pair of 1925-dated 50 and 100 Dollar notes.
For China collectors, there is a couple of Ming Dynasty notes, as well as an extremely rare Two Kuan note from the Yuan Dynasty that is offered in Lot 60226. A 1914 Bank of China 10 Yuan remainder, Pick 35r, is available in Lot 60263, and a Temple of Heaven 1917 100 Dollar note follows a few lots after in Lot 60268. For collectors of consecutive notes, Lots 60341 through 60350 contain nine fully consecutive lots of 10 pieces. Only the tenth lot has one note that doesn’t run consecutive to the pack of 1,000 Pick 850 1949 1,000 Yuan notes. The highlight of the People’s Republic of China section is Lot 60359, the very popular 1953 large format issued 10 Yuan. With over 534 lots in this sale, and a Chinese section containing everything from rare Foreign Bank notes, to Communist Bank notes, the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Auction surely has something for everybody.
The auction takes place Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 2:30 PM Hong Kong Time (Tuesday April 3, 8:30 AM Eastern Time). Bidding inquiries can be directed to [email protected].