Stack’s Bowers' May 2020 Hong Kong Auction included bank notes in Session B held on May 4 and Session E held on May 7. There were four notes that I especially want to share with you from Session B; Lot 50027, and Lot 50204 were notes from China, Lot 50319 from Canada and Lot 50324 from French Indo-China.
The first I enjoyed watching was Lot 50027, a Pick A81a, Ta-Ching 10 Dollar ND (1910) note. Graded by PMG an About Uncirculated 55 EPQ. Printed by BEPA, the front has a portrait of Prince Chun at left and a flying dragon over a seascape at the upper center and the Great Wall at lower right. The note is without signature and has red serial numbers toward the edges. Estimated at $20,000-$25,000, the note realized $60,000.
The second note from China, Lot 50204, was a Pick S823, Anhwei Yu Huan Bank, 1000 Cash, ND (1909). The note is graded VF-30 by PMG and has a low serial number, 88. The blue and yellow front has facing dragons in the upper border and waves at the bottom. The back is green. Estimated between $1,200 - $1,500, the note sold at auction for $2,280.
Lot 50319, offered collectors a Royal Bank of Canada-British Guiana, 5 Dollars dated 1938 in Very Fine condition. The note front has a steamship at the center with a sailboat and another boat’s bow at the edges of the vignette in the background. The back has arms with a detailed green border design. Estimated at $1,250 - $1,750, the note hammered in for $3,120.
The fourth listing I followed was Lot 50324, a Pick 51d, ND (1936-1939) Banque de l'Indochine 100 Piastres large format note. PMG graded the note Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ. The front has a Golden vessel with a dog on top at left and signature 9, Borduge & Baudouin. Estimated at $500-$700, this lovely note realized a strong bidding result of $3,600.
Session E, an internet-only auction held on May 7 also had some really interesting notes offered. Lot 51325, a Pick 907, 2005, People's Bank of China, 10 Yuan note with a solid serial number R66A666666. Graded by PMG as Superb Gem Uncirculated 69 EPQ, the note estimated at $150 - $250 sold for a premium at $2,160. A second note to mention, bringing a serial number premium sold, was Lot 51439. The Pick 76b, Hong Kong, The Chartered Bank, 100 Dollars, dating 1.1.1977 has a solid serial number of M111111. PMG graded the note AU-55. Estimated at $200 - $300, the note realized $1,920.
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