When these 20 escudos notes were issued in 1973, Angola was still under Portuguese Rule although this was not to last much longer (P104a). Angola was swept up by the Carnation Revolution taking place in Portugal in 1974. It achieved full independence along with other Portuguese colonies in 1975. These 20 escudos are much scarcer than other values in the same series. The front bears the portrait of probably the most famous of Portuguese poets Luis de Camoes (1524-1580) He is shown wearing armour and a crown of laurels and holding a quill and book. The Upland cotton plant appears on the back. From an original bundle put away 50 years ago when they were issued, we can offer Choice Uncirculated Angola 1973 20 escudos.
The island nation of Aruba excelled itself in 2019 with a stunning set of banknotes. This 10 dollars, the lowest denomination in the series, is printed in vertical format (P-New) A Green Sea Turtle and Spotted Trunkfish are depicted on the front and a ruined Gold Mill is on the back. There is a striking motion surface windowed thread to complete this little marvel. Uncirculated.
These 200-pound notes from Egypt are impressive. (P77) The front features the Qani Bay Mosque with a minaret in Cairo. The back depicts the statue of the Seated Scribe with hieroglyphics alongside which translates as Egypt is Peace. Crisp Uncirculated and Limited availability.
In April 2018, as the country was celebrating 50 years of independence, King Mswati III, absolute monarch of Swaziland, announced that the name of the country was to be changed to Eswatini, or Land of the Swazis. (It is said he was motivated to make the change because he was tired of his country being confused with Switzerland). It wasn’t until 2021 that banknotes from this landlocked African nation were issued with the country’s new title. We are delighted to offer Uncirculated examples of the 50 emalangeni notes from the Central Bank of Eswatini. They are dated 2018 (P-New). The portrait of King Mswati in traditional dress is on the front and a view of the Central Bank of Eswatini in Mbabane is on the back. Uncirculated.
After the French Revolution, a whole new currency was introduced backed by land seized by the aristocracy rather than the more conventional precious metals, They are known generally as assignats and are simple affairs in black on white and uniface. These 5 livres were created according to the new calendar which was introduced on the 10 Brumaire de l’an 2eme which translates as 1793 (PA76) From sheets recently purchased where the paper had toned over the years.