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Shipwreck notes among top lots

Rare U.S., world and shipwreck-recovered bank notes will appear in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction 21. The sale is schedulded to be held live online on May 3-4 at


The U.S. paper money section contains federal and obsolete issues in addition to Texas, Confederate and Philippine notes. The top U.S. piece is an 1882 $20 Gold Certificate graded PCGS Apparent Gem New 65, estimated at $7,500 to $11,000.

The world paper money section features a key Puerto Rican note: a 1909 Banco de Puerto Rico $5 graded PCGS Fine 12 and pedigreed to the Eric P. Newman Collection. The note has an estimate of $2,000 and up.

A high-grade 1922 Canadian La Banque Nationale specimen set will be offered. The set features all five denominations certified by PMG in grades ranging from UNC 62 to 66 and has a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate.

Other top lots include:

• 1935E $1 Silver Certificate star note. PCGS Grade A. It was recovered from the Andrea Doria, sunk in 1956 off Massachusetts; estimated at $500 to $750.


• Three British India 10 rupees recovered from the SS Camberwell, sunk in 1917 by a German mine off the Isle of Wight, England; estimated at $100 to $150.


• 1936 Costa Rican two colones “Mona Lisa” note graded PCGS VF 30, estimated at $1,750 to $2,500.

• Series 1912 Philippines 50 pesos graded PCGS VF 35 Net – Toning, estimated at $1,400 to $2,100.

• Complete set of eight high-grade Mexican Banco Yucateco specimens graded by PMG, estimated at $3,000 to $4,500.

• Set of five 1929 Bulgarian specimens from 200 levas to 5,000, estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.

Bidders can register for the auction at The auction catalog is available for ordering at For more details, contact Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC at

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• Order the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues to learn about circulating paper money from 14th century China to the mid 20th century.

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