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.
2021 marked 200 years of independence for Guatemala. To mark this important anniversary, a new 20 quetzales banknote was issued and which we are delighted to offer now. (PNew) The front is printed in a vertical format and shows a portrait of Dr Manuel Galvez. He was the leader of the independence movement and Chief of State of Guatemala in the Federation of Central America. On the back, we find a depiction of the signing of the Act of Independence in 1821. Uncirculated.
In the year 2000, the island of Guernsey issued a special £5 note to mark the passing of the Millennium. (P60) A facing mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the front alongside a vignette of St James Church in St Peter Port together with a commemorative overprint and the special prefix MM. The back features views of Fort Grey and the Hanois Lighthouse built-in 1862. Crisp Uncirculated.