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The May World Paper Money Collectors Choice Online Sale

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency

Author: Aris Maragoudakis / Thursday, April 29, 2021 / Categories: Paper Money of the Week

One of the positive aspects of the past year has been the growth of online auctions. Collectors and dealers alike have adjusted to and embraced the idea of purchasing a note that they have only seen via images, specifically third-party graded material. While this began out of necessity, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has been up to the challenge, using sophisticated imaging practices to ensure banknotes are captured in their true state and that honest, high resolution images are presented to clients. This has yielded an influx of submissions for our Collectors Choice Online sales held every couple of months. Dealers have utilized these auctions to move inventory in a world without shows, while collectors have been able to add to their collections without having to travel or even leave their homes. At the end of the day, this business is still a hobby, fueled by both passion and relationships, so while trade shows and bourse floors will always be there for us to connect, it’s a blessing that these more modern approaches to buying and selling have been so widely accepted. 

This brings us to the May Collectors Choice Online Sale for World Paper Money that is currently listed here. With just under 1,000 lots, there is something for everyone.

There are quite a few banknotes from the Bahamas including a 1974 (ND 1992) 100 Dollar Queen Elizabeth II in a gem PMG 65 EPQ holder), that would pair nicely with the 1996 100 Dollar Queen Elizabeth II note with the same grade.

A strong representation of British Commonwealth is highlighted by some beautiful mid-century pieces like a lot of five 1966 10 Shillings from Bermuda in PMG 66EPQ, and a 1951 British Honduras 10 Dollar in lot 70097.

Other highlights for this sale include a striking 1000 Rials specimen, Pick 38As from Iran in a PCGS Currency Gem New 66 PPQ holder, a stunning ½ Sovereign from the Commonwealth of Australia in a PMG EF 40, and a large format French Indo-China 1919 100 Piastres in Very Fine condition.

The sale is currently open for bidding at StacksBowers.com, and the lots will start hammering  May 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM PDT. To register for bidding please contact [email protected]. To consign for future auctions, please email [email protected]