This press release details results from the recent paper money sales by Archives International Auctions. Great notes, impressive prices.
RARE CHINESE FOREIGN BANKNOTE – A DEUTSCH-ASIATISCHE BANK, 1907 PEKING ISSUE BANKNOTE RARITY – BRINGS A RECORD $30,000 AT ARCHIVES
The auction was held April 11 th , 12 th and 13 th at Archives International Auctions' offices in Fort Lee, N.J., featuring Part 3 of
the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky family archives of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, and the first offering from the Silicon Valley collection
of worldwide banknotes
907 Peking issue 5 Taels banknote
A high-grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907 Peking issue 5 Taels banknote rarity soared to a record $30,000, after opening on the floor
for $14,500, at a three-day auction held April 11-13 by Archives International Auctions, in the firm's offices at 1580 Lemoine Avenue
(Suite 7) in Fort Lee. Additional Chinese and Russian banknote rarities also posted new world record prices.
“The success of this auction, with specific regard to the many Chinese, Asian and Russian banknotes that set new price records, clearly
proved that the banknote and coin market in these areas is as active and vibrant as ever, with multiple buyers across the globe and
aggressive competition for rare and unique items,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions.
Over 1,700 lots of United States, Chinese, Russian and worldwide banknotes, coins, scripophily (stocks and bonds) and security printing
ephemera were offered over the course of the three days. Featured were additional banknotes from the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky family
archives of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, and the initial offering from the Silicon Valley collection of worldwide banknotes.
Session 1, on April 11 th , featured U.S. and worldwide banknotes and scripophily. Session 2, on April 12 th , contained Russian and
worldwide banknotes and Chinese scripophily. Session 3, on April 13 th , featured Chinese banknotes and scrip notes. Nearly all the Chinese
and Russian notes were from longstanding collections assembled over many decades and never previously offered.
Session I, began with world banknotes, featuring the Silicon Valley collection and numerous consignors banknotes. French Colonial notes
were big hits and included a French Guiana, 1961, 500 Francs graded Gem Unc. 65 that sold for $1,140; and 1 Rupee, 1957 and 5 Rupees, 1959,
Government of India “Persian Gulf Note” issues that brought for $885 and $3,540, respectively;
Also sold was a Jordan Currency Board, 1952 Issue, 500 Fils with special serial # B/A 700007 that gaveled for $1,770; a rare Oman
Currency Board specimen set of eight denominations in Choice AU to Gem Uncirculated condition, rarely seen in this format, that realized
$6,000; and an unassuming lot of Chile banknote rarities that had been cut in half achieved an amazing $5,400.
Session II began with worldwide banknotes from Pacific Rim and Asian countries. Highlights included 25 Rupiah and 50 Rupiah essay
specimens by Security Bank Note Company that rose to $1,140 and $1,020, respectively; a Japan, 1 Yen Coiled Dragon Silver Dollar, M34
(1901) in MS 65 ($708); and a Royal Thai Mint Double Coin presentation set, circa 1944 to 1963 (also $708).
1920 All Russian Central Union of Consumer Societies Specimen
In addition, 101 lots of Chinese railroad and related bonds were sold out of the 102 lots offered, with most lots bringing $250-$500.
Russian notes included two Vladikavkaz Railroad Co., 1918, 5,000 and 10,000 Rubles notes that sold for $885 and $944, respectively; a 1920,
500 Rubles, Russian Central Union of Consumers Societies Specimen ($4,427); and a circa 1918-20 Torgsin Soviet Trading Fleet 3 Rubles Scrip
Note that ended up selling for a very impressive $11,400.
Session III highlights of Chinese banknotes and scrip notes included eight different Imperial Ch'ing Dynasty banknotes, including a
100,000 Cash, 1858 ($11,400); and a pair of 3 Taels and 5 Taels Board of Revenue banknotes that finished at $4,800 and $5,605,
respectively. Also, a group of Alexander I. Pogrebetsky banknotes used as the photographic examples on the matching pages from his 1929
numismatic book hammered for between $620 and $4,720.
A Central Bank of China, 1949 5,000 Gold Chin Yuan essay specimen by Security Bank Note Company breezed to $3,658; while a 1923 National
Commercial Bank, Ltd., issue pair gaveled for $1,475. People's Republic issues were highlighted by a 1949, 5 Yuan, P-14a high grade example
that went for an impressive $6,000 after intense bidding between the floor and internet.
1909 Netherlands Trading Society banknote
Chinese foreign banks featured a Netherlands Trading Society, $10, 1909 issue note ($4,800); and a Peiyang Tientsin Bank, 3 Taels, 1910
issue ($8,075). Chinese scrip notes featured a large collection of Harbin notes, highlighted by a circa 1920-30's banknote pair from Harbin
Bakery ($3,186); a Society of Artisans Club, 1919 Harbin issue ($6,300); and a Hulunbeier Business Bank, 1919 scrip note ($3,120).
Archives International Auctions is always looking for U.S. and worldwide banknotes, coins, stocks, bonds, stamps, postal history,
autographs and historic ephemera and documents for future auctions, or to buy outright. To sell or consign one piece or an entire
collection, you may call AIA at (201) 944-4800; or you can send them an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also write to Archives International Auctions, at 1580 Lemoine Ave., Suite #7, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 U.S.A. To learn more about
Archives International Auctions and their upcoming summer and fall auctions, log on to www.ArchivesInternational.com. Updates are posted often.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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