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Stacks Bowers January 2021 World Paper Money Auction

A Review of some of the more notable banknotes that were in the Stacks Bowers auction.
Lot 30071, Canada, $2 dated 1865.

Lot 30071, Canada, $2 dated 1865.

There were a lot of interesting notes in this early 2021 auction to watch. One of the primary ones to mention is lot 30071, a Royal Canadian Bank 2 Dollar dated 1865. Signed by T. Woodside and A.M. Smith, the note has a blue serial number on its face. There is a coat-of-arms at center flanked by a lion at left and a unicorn at right. At lower left is a portrait of Edward VII, the Prince of Wales, and a lower right a female seated by a grape vine with an over-flowing harvest basket. Graded PMG 25 Very Fine, the note estimated at $17,500-$25,000, the note realized $30,000.

Lot 30269, Panama, 10 Balboas, 1941.

Lot 30269, Panama, 10 Balboas, 1941.

The second item I watched was lot 30269, a Panama 10 Balboas note dated 1941. The HBNC printed note’s face coloration is black on an orange and green underprint. There is a motif of an old fortress at the center. The back is brown with arms at center. Graded PMG 25 Very Fine, the note estimated at $10,000-$20,000 realized $24,000.

Lot 30324, Singapore $500 ND (1972).

Lot 30324, Singapore $500 ND (1972).

Another item I followed was lot 30324, a Singapore $500 note graded PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ. The ND (1972) TDLR printed note is a vibrant lilac on multicolor underprint. Issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency, the watermark on the note is that of a lion’s head. Estimated at $1,250-$1,750, the lot sold for $4,320.

Lot 30059, Cameroun, 500 Francs ND (1962).

Lot 30059, Cameroun, 500 Francs ND (1962).

The fourth note to hold my eye was lot 30059. The ND (1962) Cameroun 500 Francs has a multicolor face bearing the depiction of a man with 2 oxen and has the denomination in both French and English. The back has a man with bananas at left, truck on road at center right and two ships in the background at upper right. Graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Unc EPQ, the antelope head watermarked note estimated at $900-$1,600 hammered in at $3,360.

Lot 30353, Zambia, One Pound ND (1963).

Lot 30353, Zambia, One Pound ND (1963).

The fifth note of interest to me was lot 30353, a Zambia One Pound ND (1963) purple and blue proof graded by World Banknote Grading 65 Unc Gem TOP. Printed by Harrison and Sons LTD, London, there is a fisherman with net at left, a fishing boat at center and Queen Elizabeth, II, right facing left. The back has a multicolored bird on a branch. There are three punch holes in the note at left. Estimated at $7,500-$12,500, the note sold at auction for $10,200.

Lot 30271, Kingdom of Persia, 1924-1932, 1 Toman

Lot 30271, Kingdom of Persia, 1924-1932, 1 Toman

The final item I want to share with you is lot 30271. The Kingdom of Persia 1 Toman, 15 AUG 1929 dated note was printed by Waterlow & Sons Limited and was issued by the Imperial Bank of Persia. The face color is black on pink and has a light green underprint. The back is marked Payable at Teheran Only. Estimated at $3,750-$4,750, the note hammered in at $8,400.

I am looking forward to reviewing the results from their January 2021 Auction - Session F - Internet Only - World Paper Money. For more information go to Stacksbowers.com. Images appear courtesy of Stack’s Bowers.