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Colonial Fiji notes excite in Noble sale

By Kerry Rodgers

The four high-denomination issues from Fiji’s colonial past described in November’s Bank Note Reporter all attracted considerable bidder interest at Noble Numismatics’ fall sale in Sydney.

The George VI Fiji £10 (Jan. 1, 1942, P-42a) and £20 (Sept. 1, 1948, P-43d) that realized $14,564 and $10,013 respectively at Noble Numismatics’ Sydney sale in November.

First up on the block was a George VI £10 dated Jan. 1, 1942, P-42a. This is the first date for this series and a major rarity. It is the first your reporter is aware of in over 40 years of collecting. It was in extraordinary good VF condition given its age and wartime origins. It realized $14,564 (AUD19,120).

Next was a George VI £20 of Sept. 1, 1948, P-43d. Not quite as rare as the 1942 £10, it came described as having “firm original paper” but with folds, creases, a 2mm slit under the lower serial number and minor tone spots. It had been assigned a grade of good F and could manage just $10,013 (AUD13,145).

The last of the high rollers was an Elizabeth II £20 of July 1, 1954, P-57a. It was the third such note to be offered in 2017 (with a further example to come up in December). Graded about VF, it made a comfortable $18,205 (AUD23,900). That price compares with two sold by Spink this year: one for $23,162 (GBP18,000) in April graded PMG Choice Very Fine 35 and a second in September for $22,341 (GBP16,800) in “original VF.”

An Elizabeth II £10 of June 11, 1964, P-55e, went for $2,367 (AUD3,107) graded “very fine or better.”


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