Friday, October 16, 2009

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank Issues New Banknotes

By Nutmegcollector
October 16, 2009

Scotland issues a new series of banknotes to celebrate the best of Scotland’s heritage, people, and culture, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the Year of Homecoming 2009. The new notes will enter circulation very shortly.

The new family of banknotes celebrates famous Scots on the front and the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland on the back, drawing on the Homecoming themes of Burns, Great Minds and Innovation, Culture and Heritage. The new designs are:

£5: Scientist Sir Alexander Fleming and St. Kilda

£10: Poet Robert Burns and The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

£20: King Robert the Bruce and New Lanark

£50: Suffragette Elsie Inglis and The Antonine Wall

£100: Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Scans courtesy ybnotes

Monday, October 12, 2009

Superb Set of Australian Banknotes sold by Spinks for £350,000

By Spink on Monday, October 12, 2009

On September 29th, Spink held a sale in London of A Superb Set Of The 1913 – 1914 Commonwealth of Australia Banknotes.

The notes were found in a chest of drawers in the North Yorkshire home of an elderly man when his home was being cleard out for an estate sale. He had been unaware of their existence until he was told by the auctioneer who was clearing his house, that a windfall might be coming his way.

Recognising that these notes were a rare find indeed, an astute Rodney Tennant of Tennants of Leyburn asked London coins and banknote specialists Spink to sell the six notes – all with early serial numbers and all marked Cancelled.

Spink offered them (in the separate catalogue) as lot number one of their banknotes sale of September 28. They did not quite make their £400,000-450,000 estimate, but the vendor’s family was delighted to learn that they had sold to an Australian private collector at £350,000.

Background from the Catalog:

From May 1913, the first distinctive Commonwealth of Australia banknotes were issued. They were controversial in that no portrait of the reigning monarch, King George V, was included in the design. It was also feared that the release of a ten-shilling denomination (reportedly the first by any government within the British Empire) would spread diseases from the lower to middle and upper classes. Specimen notes were prepared from regular note stocks by perforating them horizontally with the word ‘CANCELLED’. Such notes were taken at random from the print runs as required, so many bear relatively high serial numbers. It wasn’t until the issuance of the 1923 series bearing George V’s effigy that low numbers were reserved for specimen notes.

Distribution of the early specimens was strictly limited, generally to reciprocating government banks, law enforcement agencies including Scotland Yard, and major museums within Australia. In 1922, a set was even laid under the foundation stone of the new Commonwealth Bank in Collins Street, Melbourne. However, the allocation of such specimens to private individuals was almost non-existent.

10 shillings, ND (1913), red serial number M 010056, blue, value in orange, lilac & green central panel, crown and serial number above, value at right, arms at left, signature of James Richard Collins the Assistant Secretary low left, and of George Thomas Allen the Secretary to the Treasury low right, low centre margin is the imprint of the printer T.S HARRISON AUSTRALIAN NOTE PRINTER, reverse blue, Goulburn Weir, Victoria at centre, value at left and right, (Vort-Ronald type V.1, McDonald 3, Renniks 1c).

Vort-Ronald states approximately 502,667 printed. Early serials of this note were hand-numbered in a special ceremony at the King’s Warehouse, Melbourne on 1 May 1913. Judith Denman, daughter of Governor-General Lord Denman, was presented with note number ‘M 000001’. Lord Denman received number ‘2’, and son Thomas number ‘3’. Prime Minister Andrew Fisher purchased ‘4’ and ‘5’. Notes from ‘6’ through to ‘500’ were allocated by ballot to Members of Parliament, although not all were taken up. Approximately 25 of these early numbers are known to collectors. Notes from serial ‘M 000501’ onwards are known to have been released for circulation. In 1915 the design was modified to include an elaborate underprint on the back of the note so as to deter forgers. This example is very rare as a cancelled specimen.

£1, ND (1913), red serial number P 008055, blue, value in orange, green & lilac central panel, arms at centre, crown above, value at left and right, Collins signature low left, Allen signature low right. T.S. Harrison imprint low centre, reverse blue, central vignette is a mining scene taken from a photograph produced in 1908 (Victoria Quartz mine, Bendigo, the deepest gold mine in the world at the time) (Vort-Ronald V.17a, McDonald 26, Renniks 18a). 1,000,000 printed.

Due to the uncertainty of supply and wartime conditions, five different serial number combinations exist on the Collins/Allen one pound. The red serial number variety is the first and scarcest. Extremely rare as a cancelled specimen.

£5, ND (1913), black serial number U 067927, blue & pale green, value in pink, orange & green at centre, crown above, arms left centre, value at each corner, Collins signature low left, Allen signature low right, T.S. Harrison imprint low centre, reverse blue, at centre oval vignette depicting the Hawkesbury River at Peat’s Ferry near Brooklyn, New South Wales, value above and below and at left and right (Vort-Ronald V.31, McDonald 53, Renniks 35).

Vort-Ronald states approximatley 693,442 printed. Like the 1913 ten-shilling note, the first issue of the five pounds was short-lived due to extensive forging. In 1914 an elaborate underprint, or ‘mosaic’, was added to the back of the note. This example is the ‘non-mosaic’ variety and is very rare as a cancelled specimen.

£20, ND (1914), black serial number X 000018, blue, green & pale orange-pink, value in blue and orange low centre, crown above, arms left centre, value at left and right, Collins signature low left, Allen signature low right, T.S. Harrison imprint low centre, reverse blue, a circular vignette at centre depicting timber cutting in Tasmania, value in eight pointed star top left and right, (Vort-Ronald V.55, McDonald 87, Renniks 64). Vort-Ronald states approximately 40,743 printed.

The high-value twenty, fifty and hundred pound notes were withdrawn during World War II to deter black-marketeering. Issued examples are all very scarce to rare, and specimens even more so. This example is one of two known in private hands, the other bearing consecutive serial numbers ‘X 000017’.

£50, ND (1914), black serial number Y 005495, blue, green, pale orange & pink, value in blue at centre, arms top centre, crown left centre, value at left and right, Collins signature low left, Allen signature low right, T.S. Harrison imprint low centre, reverse blue, a central vignette depicting a flock of sheep at Bungaree, South Australia, value at left and right and low centre. (Vort-Ronald V.57, McDonald 90, Renniks 66). Vort-Ronald states 83,845 printed.

No issued Collins/Allen fifty pound notes are known in collectors’ hands, and only three cancelled specimens – this example, a consecutive note number ‘Y 005494’, and a third number ‘Y 146511’, are recorded. The latter is additionally cross-cancelled in black to prevent fraudulent use.

£100, ND (1914), dark blue serial number Z 006944, blue & green, value in pale orange low centre, crown at right centre, arms at left centre, value low centre and at left and right, Collins signature low left, Allen signature low right, T.S. Harrison imprint low centre, reverse blue, two oval vignettes at centre, left centre is the upper Yarra River, Victoria, right centre is the Leura Falls, New South Wales, value top and low centre and at left and right. (Vort-Ronald V.59b, McDonald 94, Renniks 68b).

Vort-Ronald states approximately 24,000 printed. No issued Collins/Allen hundred pounds of this variety (small blue serials) are known in collectors’ hands, and only two cancelled specimens – this example, and another with consecutive serial number ‘Z 006943’, are recorded.

The general grade is excellent, there are signs of light handling, all are perforated CANCELLED and pinholed, but the notes are fresh and original, a truly exceptional group.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Morocco Issues New 50 Dirham Commemorative Note

By Nutmegcollector
October 6, 2009

Morocco is expected to issue a 50-dirham note next week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the central bank. This will be the first commemorative banknote issued in Morocco

Front shows portraits of kings Mohammed VI, Hassan II and Mohammed V. The kings also appear on a holographic stripe. The crown on top left corner was printed with ink that changes color depending on the angle of view.

The back depicts the Bank Al-Maghrib building in Rabat.

Info courtesy of cleo phas.