If they have not already done so, collectors of Middle Eastern paper need to check out Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society world catalog.
Among numerous rarities that will be on offer at Chicago in the April 26-May 1 sale are a number of hard-to-find but worth-the-effort Iraqi issues. These come in highly desirable grades.
Leading the charge is a 100 dinars of 1942 showing King Faisal II as a child at right, coupled with the signatures of Lord Kennet and Daoud al Haidari, P-21b. The note is in a collectible PCGS Very Fine-30 and deservedly carries an estimate of $50,000-$60,000.
The corresponding 10 dinars, P-20b, is also up for grabs. It comes in PCGS Choice About New-58 PPQ, largely explaining its estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
Faisal II’s dad, King Ghazi, features on his own 100 dinars along with the signatures of L.A. Amery and Ali Jawadat al Ayubi, P-12a. Here the estimate is $40,000-$50,000, commensurate with the note’s PCGS Very Fine-30 grade.
From the wintery north comes a second tranche of Icelandic material from the Minot Collection. Some dozen Icelandic notes will be on offer. Among them is a rare Íslands Banki 50 krónur of 1904, P-12, that will go to the block in PMG Very Fine-25. It will be followed a few lots later by a Landsbanki Íslands 100 krónur of 1927, P-26, that comes in a superb PMG Gem Uncirculated-65 EPQ.
Presently snow-bound Latvia is well represented by an issued 20 latu from 1924, P-15a. An unprepossessing note, it is scarcer than hen’s teeth in issued form. The example on offer carries a serial of 000218 and grades a respectable PMG Very Fine-30.
And Greek collectors may want to examine an offering of Greek notes, too many to summarize here.
From much warmer climes, there is a popular but seldom-seen Netherlands New Guinea 25 gulden, P-15a, dated 8 December 1954. Its grade of PMG About Uncirculated-55 points to some serious action on the sale floor.
But there is more, much more! The above lots’ details can be confirmed online at www.ha.com along with many other desirable items on offer that need checking out.
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