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Chinese and Russian to highlight AIA sale offerings

Rare Chinese and Russian bank notes, plus over 100 lots of U.S. obsoletes, will provide a central focus at Archives International Auctions’ sale 42, scheduled for June 15 at 10:30 a.m. EST.

The 60-odd lots of Russian bank notes include not only private and local notes but also an assortment of high denomination Imperial Russia Treasury issues from the hoard that came out in England a few years back.

One rarity returns from the earlier Pogrebetsky Family Archives sales: an issued 1920 All Russian Central Union of Consumer Societies 500 roubles, not in Pick. In PMG Choice Uncirculated 63 the estimate has been set at $4,000-6,000.

The Russo-Asiatic Bank 500 dollars provisional issue of 1910 overprinted on its 1907 counterpart (P-S467). In PMG About Uncirculated 53 NET the estimate is $17,000-20,000.

Notable among the 100 lots of Chinese notes is an issued Russo-Asiatic Bank 500 dollars of 1910 overprinted on the 1907 issue and drawn on the Harbin Branch (P-S467). It comes graded PMG About Uncirculated 53 NET but has been previously mounted and has minor restoration. Its estimate comes at $17,000-20,000.

Collectors of Chinese notes may also wish to consider an unissued $10 (Shanghai currency) of the Sin Chun Bank from 1908, (S/M No. 186-3ar). It comes in a delightful PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 and, as such, carries a not unreasonable estimate of $4,500-6,000.

World notes are by no means limited to China and Russia. For example, U.A.E. collectors need to be alert. Leading the charge here is a specimen 1000 dirhams of 1973 issue, P-6s. The estimate of $8,000-12,000 is commensurate with its PMG Choice Uncirculated 63 grading.

And among U.S. offerings collectors may well want to check out the 38 rare, all different, Pennsylvania scrip issues from the “Hollidaysburg Collection.”

As is usual at AIA auctions the catalog is rich in coins, scripophily, bonds and security printing ephemera. Full details and bidding information can be found on the Archives International Auctions website: www.ArchivesInternational.com.


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