In 1978, the Islamic Republic of Iran was established when the Pahlavi dynasty was ousted from power by the supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini. Before banknotes could be issued in the name of the new republic, notes from the fallen regime were used but all traces of the Shah were obliterated by overprints over his portrait which appeared on the fronts and in the watermark. We can offer Uncirculated 50 rials showing the obliterated portraits of the Shah(P123b) The back features a view of the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae. Uncirculated.
In the past, we have offered what we have called Bumper Sets of Iran banknotes- all great value. Well, a visitor from the Middle East who we haven’t seen for over 2 years because of the pandemic, arrived with a Bumper Bumper Set of Iranian banknotes and it’s even better value! The set he sold us comprises 13 different notes all in Uncirculated condition. The set ranges from the 100 to the 100,000 rials and includes recent issues where the government is preparing to revalue the currency 10,000 to 1 and call it tomans instead of rials. (P136-7,P140,P143-4, P146,P151-3, P155 and P-New) This is a fabulous set with 13 Crisp Uncirculated notes with many featuring the portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini whose followers toppled the Shah in 1978.
We offer a 1 lira note dated 1958, 10 years after the formation of the State of Israel. (P30) It depicts a fisherman with his nets and anchor on the front while a mosaic of a Menorah appears on the back. Crisp Uncirculated.
We offer a pair of 20 new shequalim notes issued by Israel, one printed on paper and one on polymer plastic (P59/64) The follow an almost identical design. Printed in vertical format the front features a portrait of Moshe Sharett, a flag raising ceremony at the UN, a Star of David and text from a speech made by Sharett. The back shows the Tower & Stockade settlement and members of the Jewish Brigade during World War II. Available separately or as a pair.
These bright blue 500 tenge notes dated 2017 from Kazakhstan are printed both in vertical and horizontal formats. The front, printed vertically, shows flying doves over the Kazakh Eli monument in Astana with views of the House of Parliament. The back, printed horizontally, shows gulls over the Caspian Sea set within an outline of Kazakhstan. (PA45) Crisp Uncirculated.
In 2001, Kuwait celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait after the Gulf War by issuing a polymer 1 dinar note (PCS2). The front features the arms of the bank. The back shows a victorious soldier holding a flag aloft and scene from Kuwait City. Uncirculated and limited availability.
In 2015, Lebanon issued a special polymer 50,000 livres note to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Lebanese Army (P98) The front shows silhouettes of soldiers and a soldier holding the national flag aloft. A Lebanese cedar is featured on the back alongside a soldier saluting. The demise of the Lebanese economy in recent years means that we can offer this special note in Uncirculated.
A complete set of the notes issued by Lebanon between the 1960’s and 1980’s. There are 7 different values ranging from the 1 livre through to the 250 livres (P61-7). They are wonderfully illustrated with views of ancient ruins alongside illustrations of a grotto, a stone bridge, a rocky seascape, an ancient fort and temple, a view of a town, and the famous Lebanese cedars. Uncirculated example.
In September 2022, Pakistan celebrated 75 years since Independence with the issue of a special 75 rupees note (P-New/BB240) The front features the portraits of four people, important in the story of Pakistan, Muslim reformer and philosopher Syed Ahmed Kana, ‘Mother of the Nation’ Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah and philosopher, writer scholar and politician Allam Iqbal. The back shows Earth from space alongside vignettes of goats, mountains and deodar trees. Uncirculated.
This quintet of notes dates from the time before Sudan was split into two countries of North and South Sudan Crisp Uncirculated examples of the 25 and 50 piastres and the 1, 5 and 100 pounds. Illustrations include a view of the Central Bank and vignettes of camels, a lyre, a cotton boll, cattle,a tall building and an open book. Crisp Uncirculated.
The wonderful set comprises the 50,100,200,500,1000,2000 and 5000 Syrian Pounds issued between 2009 and 2019 . Illustrations make reference to Syria’s rich ancient history with cuneiform tablets, amphitheatres, an ancient water wheel, decorated friezes, women baking and eagle stone sculptures alongside views of modern Syria, with President Assad, a soldier saluting the flag and modern building complexes. A wonderful set in Crisp Uncirculated.
An Uncirculated pair of notes featuring members of the Assad family who have ruled Syria since 1971. The father, Hafez al Assad was in power for 29 years from 1971 until his death in 2000. His eldest son was expected to succeed him but was killed in a car accident in 1994. In 2000 Hafez was succeeded by the current President of Syria, his second son, Bashar al Assad. We offer Uncirculated examples of the 1997 1000 pounds featuring Hafez’s portrait (P111/TBB626) and the 2000 pounds issued in more recent times with Bashar al Assad’s portrait(P117/TBB632) Other illustrations include the inner chamber of Parliament and vignettes of oil drilling, agriculture and electricity pylons. Limited availability.
The United Arab Emirates are making the switch from paper to polymer banknotes. We can now offer uncirculated examples of the green polymer 10 dirhams just issued in April 2022.(P-New) The front is dominated by a view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with a view of the Khorfakkan Amphitheatre on the back. The see through security window features a portrait of UAE’s founding father Sheik Zayed bin Sultan. Uncirculated Polymer.