Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rare National Gold Bank Notes sold in recent auctions

 

Four exceedingly rare gold notes, all from the Eureka Collection of National Gold Bank Notes, topped Heritage Auctions’ Currency Signature Auction held April 26-May 2 in Chicago. The sale was held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society covention.

All prices cited here include the 17.5 percent buyer’s premium. Total for sale was $8,736,245.

 


This unique-for-the-bank $50 National Gold Bank Note led all others in Heritage’s
CSNS auction. The rarity from The Farmers National Bank of San Jose, Calif.,
brought $376,000.

 

Leading the four notes was a unique- for-the-bank Original Series $50 from The Farmers National Gold Bank of San Jose, Calif, Fr. 1161, charter 2158. The PCGS Very Fine 20 note is “one of only seven $50 National Gold Bank Notes listed in the census, and the first one outside of San Francisco.” It brought $376,000.

 


A $100 Santa Barbara National Gold Bank Note in PCGS Fine 12 went for
$282,000.

 

Taking a close second was an Original $100 on The First National Gold Bank of Santa Barbara, Calif., Fr. 1164, charter 2104. It was formerly part of the Albert A. Grinnell holdings, having been sold in Barney Bluestone’s March 1945 sale for $225. It is one of only nine $100s from all National Gold Banks combined and the only specimen from Santa Barbara. In PCGS Fine 12, it went for $282,000.

A second Original $100 National Gold Bank Note, this one from The First National Bank of Petaluma, Calif., Fr. 1165, charter 2193, brought $246,750. It is one of two known and the first available to collectors in more than 40 years. It last appeared on the market in 1998 when it went for $25,300. It is graded PCGS Very Good 10.

A unique-for-the-bank Original $100 National Gold Bank Note, Fr. 1166, charter 2266, on The Union National Gold Bank of Oakland, Calif. sold for $235,000. It also traces its pedigree to the Bluestone March 1945 Grinnell sale, which was the last time it was offered at auction prior to this appearance. It was graded PCGS Fine 12.

 

Courtesy Bank Note Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Maldives unveiled a new 5 Rufiyaa polymer banknote

 

The Maldives Monetary Authority unveileded a new 5 Rufiyaa polymer banknote. The new note will be released for circulation in July 2017.

 

 

Switzerland launched a new 20 Franken banknote

 

The Swiss National Bank has launched the design of the new 20 Franken banknote. The note will be issued on May 17, 2017. This is the second denomination of the new series issued. The 50 Franken note, issued last year, won the IBNS 2016 Bank Note of the Year award.

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2016 Bank Note of the Year

 

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announced that its voting membership has selected Switzerland 50 Franen for the 2016 "Bank Note of the Year Award". With almost 120 new banknotes released worldwide during 2016, over half were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination.

The Switzerland 50 Franc note is the first new design the Swiss National Bank has released in 20 years. Printed by Orell Fussli Security Printing Ltd., this note from the new 9th series features wind and national experiences. Incorporating the latest technological security standards, future notes will depict time, light, water, matter and language. Using three layer substrate Durasafe® technology, the bright green vertical banknote depicts dandelion seeds, a paraglider aloft in the mountains and a strikingly playful human hand. Slightly smaller than U.S. banknotes, this is the first hybrid note to win the coveted IBNS banknote award.

 

 

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fiji unveiled a new 7 dollar commemorative banknote

 

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has unveiled a new 7-dollar banknote commemorating Fiji Rugby sevens gold medal win at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5-21, 2016. The notes will be issued on April 21, 2017.

 

 

 

Front: Captain Osea Kolinisau with an inset picture of their English coach Ben Ryan

Back: Team posing with their gold medals after the final

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Canada unveiled a new 10 Dollar banknote commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

 

The Bank of Canada has unveiled a new commemorative $10 bank note to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation - and it will mark the first time a Canadian woman and an indigenous Canadian have been featured on the country's currency.

It is also just the fourth time in Canada's history that a special, commemorative bank note has been produced.

The new polymer note will be available June 1, 2017 when 40 million go into circulation.

 

 

The front of the bill depicts the faces of four federal political figures who helped shape the country: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone.

On the back, a range of images capture the country's diverse landscape, including the "Lions" or "Twin Sisters" mountains overlooking Vancouver, a Prairie wheat field, the Canadian Shield in Central Canada, Cape Bonavista on the East Coast and the Northern Lights.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kittens in China 100 Yuan banknote?

 

Do you see 3 kittens or it's only my imagination? The figure looks like two kneeling kittens with a third gazing with its mouth open in the center. The design appears on each side of Mao Zedong.

 

 

A leading banknote and coin expert has denied they are kittens. He said the design of Chinese banknotes adopt advanced anti-forgery technology that is a state secret. The figures in the banknote combine traditional elements and modern cartoon patterns.