Crisp, Uncirculated Fifty Cents Notes from the Bahamas (P-New) These haven’t long been issued and are quite stylish. They are printed on a strengthened substrate. A mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth appears on the front alongside a map of the island and a flower. The back printed in vertical format features a portrait of Sister Sarah in the market with additional vignettes of basket ware. Uncirculated.
The passing of Fidel Castro caused quite a wide variety of opinions as to his place in history. There were no monuments to him in Cuba but this 1 peso Specimen note dated in the 1960s and 1970s is perhaps the only one featuring Fidel. It depicts his triumphant entry into Havana on 8th January 1959 after the overthrow of the Batista regime. Fidel is shown alongside fellow revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos and surrounded by a large crowd. Crisp Uncirculated at £7.50
These 100 mark notes are dated 1903 (P22) The design on the front is simple with a background underprint of a crowned eagle. The back shows the framed head of a woman supported by two women. In About Fine these 100 marks are now well over 100 years old. They are a particularly scarce variety cataloging a whopping $200 in VG! That’s over £150. Our price is just £14.50 each.
These unusual Notgeld were issued for a camp of German Prisoners of War in Avignon France. They are dated Christmas 1921, a long time after the end of World War 1. They have a stated value of 5 marks or 50 centimes and could be redeemed after being freed. They are fairly crudely printed with vignettes of a snowy scene in the camp and a mother with her children near a Christmas Tree. The back has a poem that reads like a lament, accusing Germany, their motherland, of abandoning them. Unusual Prisoner of War Notgeld £7.85 each
These 1 yen notes were issued in Japan in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War in 1946 (P85) They are fairly simple affairs with a portrait of Ninomiya Sintoku on the front. He was a prominent 19th century philosopher, economist and agricultural leader. A cockerel is also shown below. EF/GEF at £3.50
These 100 baisa notes were issued in 1989 (P22) They feature a portrait of Sultan Qaboos bin Said who recently died. In 1970 he usurped his father and was responsible for modernising Oman and ending the country’s international isolation. His portrait appears on the front and an aerial view of Port Qaboos at Muttrah is on the back. Uncirculated at £4.50
Overend Gurney was a London wholesale discount bank, known as The Banker’s Bank operating in the 19th century. Well respected, for a long time it was considered the greatest discounting house in the world. In 1865 it issued shares that sold at a premium. This success was shortlived because there was a rapid collapse in the prices of stocks and shares. Overend Gurney appealed to the Bank of England for help but was refused. The bank suspended payments and a run on the bank followed. When Northern Rock collapsed in more recent times, commentators compared the queues outside the bank branches to the queues outside Overend Gurney Offices in 1866. The bank went into liquidation and more than 200 companies also failed as a result. These £50 shares are dated 1865 and measure 8.25 Inches x 5.5 inches with an impressed seal and signed by the Secretary. £24.50 each.
Issued in 1919, this 1000 marek is pretty impressive. It’s as large as our old White £5 and densely engraved in the style of the time. National hero Tadeusz Kosciusko is on the front. He fought on the US side during the American Revolutionary War (P29) Available in Crisp EF/ GEF at £12.50
Once North and South Vietnam had united to become the Republic of Vietnam, their currencies were merged. In 1980, the first new Vietnamese 100 dong was issued (P88a) It shows the coat of arms at its centre and a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh on the right. The back shows sampan sailing ships in Ha Long Bay. Available in Fine for £2.75.