Taiwan's central bank is holding an auction of fancy serial number notes. -Editor
Taiwan's central bank said Friday it will auction off Taiwan dollar notes with special serial numbers starting on June 30 to boost
People in Taiwan tend to favor banknotes with special serial numbers and are willing to pay large sums for them, as has been seen in
seven similar auctions held by the central bank in the past four years.
Among the most coveted notes are those with serial numbers with one or more 8s, such as "000008" and "000088,"
because the number eight sounds like the word for "making a fortune" in Mandarin.
The central bank said it has entrusted state-owned Bank of Taiwan, the country's largest lender, to conduct the auction online,
which will start at 10 a.m. on June 30 and run through 10 a.m. on July 5.
In addition to the banknotes with a serial number containing one or more 8s, Shih said the bills to be put up for auction will have a
serial number composed of consecutive numbers, such as 123456 or 654321, or one with the same numbers, such as 111111 or 222222.
The other group will feature bills where the first digit in the serial number is a number and the other digits are zeros, such as
"100000" and "200000," Shih said.
The four groups will generate a total of 6,417 banknotes to be auctioned after taking into account two English letters ahead of the
serial numbers and another two English letters right after the serial number, Shih said.
The banknotes will be further divided into 127 sub-groups for the online auction.
Based on the composition of each sub-group of banknotes and face value, the floor prices in the auction will range between NT$1,000
(US$30.86) and NT$56,000. The total floor price will be NT$4.24 million.
I've wondered for a while now why more contries don't do this. It takes a lot of the fun out of collecting since these won't
be found in circulation, but the sale captures a lot of value the central bank would otherwise leave on the table. -Editor
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Central bank to auction banknotes with special serial numbers
Wayne Homren, Editor
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