These provisional overprint notes of Peru are much scarcer than most people realize, especially problem free. Many are pressed.
This wonderful note is the highest denomination from the initial issue of the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, which were overprinted on earlier Banco Internacional notes. Dated 1942, this colorful note shows a harvester at left on the obverse and a grand governmental building on the reverse. Graded PMG VF30 Exceptional Paper Quality, it has the look of a solid Extra Fine. Printed by the British firm of Waterlow & Sons, this is an excellent edition to any world currency collection.
Charlton 715-22-18, Pick-S686ac. The large size yellow tinted Bank of Toronto issues are much scarcer than the subsequent small size series. The splits mentioned by PMG are very minor.
Charlton 220-18-10, Pick-S1027a, signature Austin at right. A beautiful note featuring a reclining maiden with a sleeping lion. This is the final date before this bank went to the dual portrait design. This note is scarcely seen above VF20, so this VF30 note is a premium piece.
TBB B101b. Scarce early type featuring the portrait of King George VI. These notes were issued to circulate in 5 different British colonies across the Caribbean Sea.
A popular and scarce World War II French provisional issue, in which stocks of notes made for Tahiti were issued for use in the New Hebrides. These do not usually come this attractive, with bright paper and sharp edges.
A very scarce early Syria piece issued under Colonial France, in a grade not often seen. Issued from Beirut with a view of the Imayyad Mosque in Damascus at center. Printed by Bradbury Wilkinson.
We are thrilled to offer an iconic note of South America and one of the earliest examples of a commemorative banknote in history. Various nations and kingdoms have used coins to commemorate important events since at least the 17th century, but commemorative banknotes are a relatively new phenomenon. This 1 Peso note from Uruguay was issued to commemorate 100 years of independence of the nation. It is dated July 18th, 1930, the date the Uruguayan constitution was adopted in 1830. For this special milestone, the nation decided to issue a three-note set (1, 5, 10 Pesos) which stood alone from their circulating notes at the time. They enlisted the Bank of France and their distinct design style to create a beautiful note, with a helmeted woman on the obverse and a maritime scene on the reverse. The words “Centenario de 1830” feature prominently along the top. While it is not known how many of these notes were issued, they are very scarce today. When they do show up, they are usually heavily circulated. Our piece, graded a problem-free PMG XF40 shows little in the way of actual circulation, and the grade is most likely down to how this note has been stored over the years. PMG has graded only nine examples of this note.