Éditions V. Gadoury published this article in an email message August 9, 2023, discussing some interesting banknotes in their upcoming August 31st sale.
Discover the true and amazing story behind these notes of our online auction of August 31st.
Live bidding will take place on August 31st at 3 p.m. on biddr.
Lot 1, MONACO 3 LIVRES ET 10 SOLS
In May 1793, Monaco printed some playing cards with values 1, 2, 3, and 5 sols for a total amount of 433 livres 7 sols.
They were withdrawn from circulation shortly after, 2/3 being counted in return.
Of the last third, no specimen has been found to date. This voucher was given to soldiers who were part of the garrison stationed in Monaco, which became Fort d'Hercule after the forced annexation of the Principality to France decided by the Convention in February 1793.
The garrison in December 1793 was made up of more or less 700 men.
LOT 15 100 francs - German Occupation WWI
The German occupation of Belgium of World War I was a military occupation by the forces of the German Empire between 1914 and 1918. At the start of the war, the Belgian government hurriedly removed silver coins from circulation and replaced them with banknotes.
Once it was clear that the war would continue, the Germans had to acknowledge a lack of money, needed for the troop provisions and military operations. Printing new banknotes was impossible. The Belgian population did not accept German Marks for political as well as economic reasons. There was a risk that banknotes would be printed without taking the gold coverage rules into account. A bank delegation therefore travelled to Le Havre and London to convince the Belgian government to transfer gold and the blocks back to Belgium. Once the option of creating Reichsbank branches in Belgium was rejected, at the beginning of November 1914, private banks and politicians still in Belgium lobbied to give the right to issue banknotes to one of the private banks and The Société Générale was awarded the right to print money.
In this online auction we list a very rare series of these banknotes of 1 - 2 - 5 - 20 and the extremely rare 100 Francs.
LOT 237 Venetian Republic - Moneta Patriottica
On 25 July 1848, the day of the battle of Custoza, the provisional government presided decreed the establishment of a discount bank, deposits and current accounts in the form of an anonymous company, with the primary aim of supporting the defense of the city from Venice.
In the notice, the paper is described as "of fine, white, machine-made quality" (subsequently the more resistant linen paper was used), the tickets of "quadrlong shape, printed only in black", diversified in the designs on the basis of their nominal value.
All the notes would have been characterized by the presence of the coats of arms of the city of Milan and Venice. The writings would have been rendered with Egyptian characters (born around the early nineteenth century) and/or lapidary, therefore heavy and legible even from a distance. On the reverse, all the specimens would have carried the controllership stamp.
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