Author Archives: Kerry Rodgers

Vichy Malagasy 5,000F realizes $25,180

For collectors of WWII paper, one note in Spink’s Oct. 3 catalog of the Ibrahim Salem Collection stood out: a specimen Banque de Madagascar 5,000 francs dated 30 April 1942 and drawn on Tananarive [Antananarivo] (P-44; S&B-612s). This note is … Continue reading

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Confusion surrounds 1798 shilling

One of Spink’s top-selling lots in their March sale was a so-called “Dorrien-Magens” shilling of 1798 (KM-607.3, S-3747, ESC-2139). In PCGS AU53, it commanded a price of $30,113 [£22,800] on an estimate of £12,000-15,000. The coin is one of the … Continue reading

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Coins survive from erased people

There are abundant numismatic classics out there, but too many are out of print. It is always a delight to see one reprinted. This is the case with Norman Rybot’s masterwork Armorican Art published in 1937 in Bulletin of the … Continue reading

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George VI rules IPMS auction

Lyn Knight’s Jun. 7 sale at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City was a tour de force for George VI. Issues bearing the portrait of the last Emperor of India were strong across the board, with estimates of … Continue reading

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‘SOLID EIGHTS’ set coming to auction

With the annual American Numismatic Association looming on the horizon, collectors should not overlook Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction. The date is Aug. 6-9, just a week before ANA, and the catalog is not all about world coins or notes. … Continue reading

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WWII Burmese specimens top $107K

In May, the North Yorkshire auction house of Tennants announced the sale of a set of six WWII specimen banknotes from Burma for an in-house record-breaking total of $107,268 [£79,360]. The set consisted of the two provisional 1943 4 and … Continue reading

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Uncommon Canadian note brings $22,800

Canadian rarities proved popular at Heritage’s CSNS World Currency Signature Auction held April 26-30 in Chicago. Prices realized were headed by a charming French text, Canadian commemorative $25 of 1935. This is the note with vignettes of King George V … Continue reading

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Scarce $50 note claims record

Aficionados of Asian paper money could perhaps consider taking time out to scan the results of Spink China’s latest collectors’ sale in Hong Kong. The early April auction saw some fascinating prices realized. At the very least, these suggest increases … Continue reading

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Soviet JIM issues realize $28,800

Your reporter is an unashamed follower of WWII-related paper monies. As such, I have been impatiently awaiting the outcome of a sale of three extremely rare examples of Japanese Invasion Money (JIM) produced for use in the Soviet Union. These … Continue reading

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Iraq rarities lead Heritage world sale

If they have not already done so, collectors of Middle Eastern paper need to check out Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society world catalog. Among numerous rarities that will be on offer at Chicago in the April 26-May 1 sale … Continue reading

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