Azerbaijan’s new 1 and 5 manat notes make up this pair dated 2020, celebrating music and literature (P-New). Designs show the kamancheh folk instrument, the rock drawings of Gobustan and an excerpt from the national anthem. Both show the country’s outline on the back. Crisp Uncirculated.
Bradbury Wilkinson, one of Britain’s legendary security printers became part of the De la Rue group in 1986 and in 1990 all printing at Bradbury’s plants ceased. These Promotional sheets were produced after the merger with de la Rue. This particular group was overprinted on the back to say they were given to attendees at the International Banknote Society Annual Congress in 1992. Now 30 years old, the front features a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton with an apple tree as a background alluding to how Newton was inspired to formulate his law of gravitation. Measuring 215 mm x 135 mm (about the size of a white Fiver) they are in Uncirculated.
A lovely issue from Djibouti, a tiny country which is strategically located near the Red Sea, serving as a key refueling centre and entrepot. In 1977, Djibouti became independent from France. The design of this charming 2000 francs was originally issued in 1997 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Independence. The French influence can still be seen because this note was printed by the Banque de France. The issue we offer now has the Banque Centrale heading issued in 2008 (P43). The front features rocky outcrops in the distance with a camel caravan and a young girl in the foreground. The back shows a statue of a man with a shield and a view of the Presidential Palace. Crisp Uncirculated 2000 francs from one of the smallest countries in the world!
These 10,000 mark notes dated 1922 are often referred to as Vampire notes (P72) This is because hidden in the portrait of the merchant on the front, is a vampire sucking his throat, an allusion to the burden of reparation payments German was subject to after World War 1 and which was bleeding the economy dry. Available in different grades.