Among the many world rarities that will be offered in Dix Noonan Webb’s world paper April 16 sale will be an extremely rare consecutive pair of Reserve Bank of India Haj Pilgrimage Rs100 (P-R6).
The paper of the two notes, HA 020594 and HA 020595, is in excellent condition and lacks any graffiti. Both show the usual pinholes along with slight toning. Both grade PMG-30 VF and are eminently collectable.
They will be sold as separate lots with estimates of £30,000-36,000 [$40,000-46,000].
As Andrew Pattison, Head of Bank Notes at DNW, observed: “Anyone who intended to travel [to the Haj] would exchange their rupees for Haj rupees, which were valid abroad, mainly in Saudi Arabia. 100 rupees was the highest denomination note available and represented a vast amount of money to the average pilgrim. Not many were printed, and very few survive. To find a consecutive pair in excellent condition is unheard of.”
Full details on the upcoming sale may be found online at www.dnw.co.uk.
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