The islands of St. Thomas and Prince are located in the Gulf of Guinea. Their rich birdlife is celebrated on this complete set of 5 values dated 2013, the last year of issue. (P65-9) Included in the set are the denominations of 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 dobras. The first 4 values all feature a profile portrait of Rei Amador, famous as the leader of a slave rebellion in the islands in 1595. Alongside his portrait an array of beautiful birds, native to St. Thomas and Prince are depicted. On the whopping 100,000 dobras, we find a portrait of Francisco Jose Tenreiro, a famous 20th-century poet. Important landmarks, a beach, house, and bridge are depicted on the backs. All in all, a wonderfully colourful, and charming set of notes. They currently catalogue almost £150 ($195) but the complete denomination set can be yours for just £18.50 in Uncirculated condition.
In 1884 the city of Khartoum was under siege. General Charles Gordon who was in charge of the city needed money to keep his troops on side and to ensure the city could function. To this end he issued notes which bore his facsimile signature in values from the 1 piastre to the 5000 piastres. The Mahdi forces eventually stormed Khartoum and Gordon was killed. Anyone caught with one of these General Gordon issues would have been put to death. We can now offer examples of the 500 piastres note issued by General Gordon. They were necessarily small and crude affairs, printed on cardlike paper on one side only (PS106) A relic of an heroic stand by a legendary 19th century general.
These 250 gulden notes dated 1988 were issued by Surinam (P134). The front has a portrait of Anton de Kom, a resistance fighter and author. The back depicts a toucan, a native of the forests in Surinam. To the right is a vignette of de Kom addressing a meeting outside his father’s house in 1933, the year he was eventually arrested and taken to the Netherlands. Crisp Uncirculated.
Two different 5 kroner notes issued by Sweden between 1947 and 1981. The first dated between 1947 and 1952 has an illustration on the front of Svea seated with lion and shield. A portrait of King Gustav appears on the back (P33) Available in Crisp GVF-GEF.