Spanish Golden Age painter Velazquez graces the front of this 50 pesetas note dated 1928 (P75). He is shown next to the Prado Museum in Madrid while the back shows his 1635 work ‘The Surrender of Breda’. It documents the moment Dutch forces ceded their town to Spain. Printed in England by Bradbury & Wilkinson, this is a densely engraved old note. Lovely in either Fine or VF-GVF.
The celebrated 17th-century painter Velazquez is the portrait on the front of these 50 pesetas dated 1928 (P75b) He was the leading painter in the court of the Spanish King Philip IV. The back of the note depicts one of Velazquez’s paintings. Known as Las Lanzas or the Surrender of Breda, it shows the Dutch General Nassau handing the keys of the city of Breda to the Spanish General Spinola. A veritable little work of art Crisp EF/ GEF.
High grade examples of the 50 pesetas issued in 1935 by Spain. (P88) Engraved and printed by Thomas de la Rue the front features the portrait of Santiago Ramos y Cajal. He was famous as a doctor and histologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1906. His elaborate memorial, found in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid is illustrated on the back. These are lovely examples in Crisp EF/GEF at just £14.50.
This 100 rupee note was issued by Sri Lanka in 2009. The country was celebrating One Country, One Nation in harmony progressing towards prosperity’ (P122) after the military defeat of the Tamil Tigers and so the end of the civil war. This idea of peace and prosperity has been somewhat shattered in recent times. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is on the front, arms outstretched. On the back a tribute to the contribution made by the security forces and the police. Uncirculated.
A charming quartet of notes from the island of Sri Lanka. Our set comprises the 10,20,50, 100 rupees dated between 1995 and 2006 (P108-11). A colourful group with illustrations on the fronts, including a stone Chintze dog, a carved mask, a man in an ornate hat, and a decorated pot. The backs, all printed in the vertical format, illustrate various flowers and birds, important buildings and monuments, and tea pickers. A wonderful colourful set in Crisp Uncirculated.
Sri Lanka 200 rupees 1998 P114b Blue and yellow Printed on polymer plastic Issued to mark 50 years of Independence Temple and vignettes of life in Sri Lanka/ Scenes from history including trampling British flag. Unc
Issued in 1986, this was the first £20 note ever issued by the remote British Overseas Territory of St Helena (P10a) All our examples have the prefix A/1. This is the highest denomination ever issued for this nearly inaccessible location and represented a lot of money at the time it was issued. Queen Elizabeth II is shown at right next to a view of Jamestown Harbour, while the back shows the Coat of Arms for the East India Company with the Latin motto ‘Auspicio Regis Senatus Angliae’ meaning By right of the King and Senate of England. In Lovely AU/Unc condition.
St Helena started issuing its own banknotes in 1979. Denominations up to the £20 were produced. Then in the 1990’s new notes, smaller in size were introduced. We can offer the larger St Helena £5. (P7b) A brilliant turquoise, a bareheaded portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the front to the right with a central view of St Helena, rising sheer from the sea, as someone arriving by sea would witness. The back features the Arms of the island. Uncirculated.
This 10 Dobras note is from St Thomas & Prince. This used to be printed on polymer but this new 2020 issue has reverted to paper (P-New). A charming butterfly is on the front with a bird and map on the back.