Author Archives: Kerry Rodgers

Somerville graces Scotland note

Last fall, the Royal Bank of Scotland released its new £10 note. The note’s right face is dominated by a three-quarter profile of Mary Somerville. A public vote in 2016 to decide who should appear on the new RBS tenner … Continue reading

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Australian 5 shillings incurs loss

In 1916, at the height of WWI, the Australian government made a decision to prepare and print a supply of paper 5 shilling notes. The intent was to use them as a silver substitute. Throughout the war, the price of … Continue reading

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Colombian notes top $1 million

Jan. 11 saw Stack’s Bowers offer the first tranche of the remarkable Eldorado Collection of the Paper Money of Colombia. The sale was part of 10 catalogs of coins and notes offered by the company during NYINC. All told, the … Continue reading

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Year of Dog coins for loyal collectors

The lunar Year of the Dog [YoD] commences on solar date Feb. 16, 2018. Specifically, it is a Wu Xu, or Earth Dog, year. In Huángdi (continuous) reckoning, it is Year 4715. By the middle of last year, the world’s … Continue reading

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Occupation set realizes $168,000

The world note market continues to thrive. This was ably demonstrated by the results of Heritage’s FUN sale conducted in Tampa. The total realized was a satisfying $1,376,485, with 17 lots scoring over $10,000 apiece. As anticipated pre-sale, the top-selling … Continue reading

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Famous war figures signed silver certificate

World War II snorters bearing famous names have long been a popular collecting item. Boston-based RR Auction had a humdinger in its sale ending Nov. 8: a series 1935 $1 Silver Certificate with 22 signatures. Many were notable WW II … Continue reading

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Gallows medals tell tale of politics

Among top-selling lots at a recent Dix Noonan Webb sale was a 37 mm, 20.30 g copper medallic token. The obverse showed three hanged men suspended above a donkey-drawn gibbet cart. Around a cryptic legend reads THE END OF THREE … Continue reading

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Ten yuan leads Hong Kong sale

As was to be expected, rarities from the People’s Republic of China, Chinese private banks, and the imperial past all featured among top-selling lots at Heritage Auctions’ early December Hong Kong sale. Issues from other Asian countries also featured among … Continue reading

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Andean collection to cross block

Jan. 12, 2018, is a date all collectors of South and Central American paper money will want to highlight in their diaries. On that date, Spink will undertake a sale of “The Andean Collection of Paper Money” at the Grand … Continue reading

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Mongolbank honors Year of Dog

In recent years, several central banks have begun issuing commemorative bank notes to welcome each new lunar year. The latest to do so is Mongolbank [Bank of Mongolia]. In September, it released a 70x150mm 100 togrog to mark the Year … Continue reading

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