SANTA ANA, CA. (March
1, 2018) — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce their
April 2018 Hong Kong Paper Money Auction. It presents a very diverse auction
and the catalog contains pieces for every type of collector of Asian banknotes,
from Empire, to Commonwealth, and all the way down to fancy numbers and errors.
Included among the highlights are pieces from India, Singapore, Malaysia, and
For Indian banknote collectors, Lot 60046, a 100
Rupees Sicca Osmania from Hyderabad, and Lot 60047, a 1929 1000 Rupees Sicca
Osmania, will stand out. Japanese collectors of the WWII Occupation of Russia
will be pleased to see a 10 Kopeks (Lot 60070), and a 50 Kopeks (Lot 60071),
followed by Lot 60072, the finest graded Pick M21 1 Ruble.
An exciting 1995 Macau Specimen Set exhibiting the
Lotus Blossom watermark is available in Lot 60095, with all pieces in gem
condition. A fully Uncirculated Malaya 1000 Dollar BWC Specimen in Lot 60103
carries an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000. Two lots later, Lot 60105 presents a
complete type set of 1953 Malaya and British Borneo notes Pick 1 through Pick
7. All pieces of that lot are issued, with the exception of the very elusive
10,000 Dollar Queen Elizabeth II specimen, which is in Uncirculated condition.
Malaya and British Borneo collectors looking to collect three different
specimen varieties of that same 10,000 design will find them in lots 60107,
60108, and 60109. These lots contain two different specimen varieties, and a
color trial for the design.
For the first time, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is
offering a fully issued 1 Peso Pick A26a from the Philippines in Lot 60142.
These are seldom seen issued, and the only examples the firm has offered in
prior sales were remainders. Singapore collectors will find a gorgeous issued
10,000 Dollar TDLR Pick 8A in Lot 60162 and a later issued 10,000 Dollar
Specimen, Pick 17s in Lot 60164.
The most important single highlight of the sale is
perhaps a 1901 Straits Settlements Pick
4C 100 Dollar note in Lot 60182. It is exceptional, represents the first issued
example seen by the firm, and is one of only two known in any form. The note
carries a modest estimate of $100,000. Lot 60188 offers a pair of 1925 dated 50
and 100 Dollar notes.
For China collectors, there is a couple of Ming
Dynasty notes, as well as an extremely rare Two Kuan note from the Yuan Dynasty
that is offered in Lot 60226. A 1914 Bank of China 10 Yuan remainder, Pick 35r,
is available in Lot 60263, and a Temple of Heaven 1917 100 Dollar note follows
a few lots after in Lot 60268. For collectors of consecutive notes, Lots 60341
through 60350 contain nine fully consecutive lots of 10 pieces. Only the tenth
lot has one note that doesn’t run consecutive to the pack of 1000 Pick 850 1949
1000 Yuan notes. The highlight of the People’s Republic of China section is Lot
60359, the very popular 1953 large format issued 10 Yuan. With over 534 lots in
this sale, and a Chinese section containing everything from rare Foreign Bank
notes, to Communist Bank notes, the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong
Auction surely has something for everybody.
The auction takes place Wednesday April 4, 2018 at
2:30 PM Hong Kong Time (Tuesday April 3, 8:30 AM Eastern Time). Bidding
inquiries can be directed to [email protected].
About Stack’s Bowers
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and
specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient
coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The
company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most
valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction
block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The
Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to
name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E.
Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The
Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia
Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the
inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction
for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS)
that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal
Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices
in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an
Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including
American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic
Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter
Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.