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Archives International March auction offers rarities

Archives International Auctions next sale is slated for Tuesday, March 10. It will be held at the company’s New Jersey offices in Fort Lee and is set to commence at 10.30 a.m. EST. On offer are 1,043 lots of U.S. and worldwide bank notes, federal bonds and documents and security printing ephemera.

The principle attraction for many collectors will be some 100 rare Jordanian, Libyan, Iranian, Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian bank notes, the property of a “Middle Eastern Gentleman.”

One of two sequential Palestine Currency Board 1944 £5s, P-8d, with the magic F-prefix that will be offered at Archives International sale in March.

One of two sequential Palestine Currency Board 1944 £5s, P-8d, with the magic F-prefix that will be offered at Archives International sale in March.

“The collection is exceptional in that it includes many rarities missing from even the most advanced collections,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz of AIA. Many of these notes have not seen an auction block before.

Highlights from the collection include:

• Sequential pairs of Palestine Currency Board £1, (P-7d, VF-EF), and £5 (P-8d, F-prefix, VF, AU) 1944 notes;

• 1941 Egyptian £5 (P-19s, AU) and £10 (P-23s, AU) Bradbury specimens;

• Four original Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran Serial No. 1 to 100 packs: 100 rials (P140g), 1,000 rials (P-141), 5,000 rials (P-145), 10,000 rails (P-148a);

• Jordan Currency Board 1949 second issue specimen set of four: 500 fils (P-5As), one dinar, (P-6s), five dinars (P-7s), 10 dinars (P-8s), UNC;

• Bank of Libya second issue £10, L.1963, PMG 25 NET;

• Lebanon: Banque de Syrie et du Liban 25 livres specimen, 1945, P-51s, AU/UNC;

Seldom seen Banque de Syrie et du Grand Liban £SYR100 specimen of 1935, P-38a.

Seldom seen Banque de Syrie et du Grand Liban £SYR100 specimen of 1935, P-38a.

• Syria: Banque de Syrie et du Grand Liban 100 livres specimen, 1935, P-38as, AU;

• Syria: Banque de Syrie et du Liban 25 livres specimen with Type D overprint, 1939, P-43cs, AU-UNC;

• Syria: Banque Centrale de Syrie 100 livres grey color trial specimen, 1958, P-85ct, AU/UNC; UAE 1-100 dirhams specimens, P-1s to 5s, AU-UNC.

Other world notes include:

• Ming one kuan, P-AA10, VF-30; Australia $1 specimen, 1966, P-37s1, PMG Choice VF35;

• Australia 5 x $10 Fraser/Evans consecutive serials AB93 000001-000005, P-52a UNC;

• Australia $1 Knight /Stone serial CXA 000001, P-42c, VF-35;

• Czechoslovakia 1,000 korun face proof, 1919, P-13, UNC;

• Honduras, Vale al Portador, Billete del Tesoro, 100 pesos, 1889, P-13, VF;

• Pakistan 1973-78 presentation specimen set of five.

And for any collector of U.S. material who has persisted reading this far, check out U.S. Treasury, Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Philadelphia, 1866 gold coin certificate, Temporary Loan of 1862, $600 at 5 percent interest; see p.234 of Gene Hessler’s book: An Illustrated History of U.S. Loans 1775-1898 – Hessler X134 F. This is a new discovery item. Graded VF+.

Pre-auctions viewings are scheduled for Thursday, March 5 through March 10 at the Fort Lee, N.J., offices of AIA, and by appointment. Consult the website for viewing times: www.ArchivesInternational.com. The sale will feature live gallery bidding, phone, absentee, and live internet bidding.

The catalog is online at AIA website. It can be viewed through AIA’s live bidding platform, or as a virtual catalog, or as a downloadable PDF. To pre-register for live bidding, log-on to the AIA’s website.

Direct all inquiries to AIA at (201) 944-4800 or write them at 1580 Lemoine Ave., Suite 7, Fort Lee NJ 07024, or email info@archivesinternational.com.

This article was originally printed in Bank Note Reporter.
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