Japanese Occupation of Russia WWII Rarities

In our April Hong Kong 2018 Auction at the Mira Hotel
in Kowloon, we are offering three Japanese Occupation of Russia World War II
notes. These are found in lot 60070, the M19 10 Kopeks; lot 60071, the M20 50
Kopeks; and lot 60072, the 1 Ruble.


Lot 60070 represents only the second time we have
handled this design. The 10 Kopeks note displays a dark green design with
light green under-print. Block number "17" is at lower left and the upper
right and back offer simple designs with the denomination repeated five times.
It is printed on watermarked paper and has only minor stains with PMG
commenting "Stains," on the back of the holder. The other example we
sold was certified by PMG at the Choice Extremely Fine 45 level and brought
$13,742 in our August 2013 Hong Kong sale.


Lot 60071, the rare 50 Kopeks note, is just the second
we have handled and is in a nearly Extremely Fine state. A strong impression offers
deep detail on the geometric lathe design and ornate under-print. It is nicely
centered. Some ink is seen throughout the face and back and is mentioned by PMG
in the comments section of the holder. The other we handled brought $13,742 in
our August 2013 Hong Kong sale in a PMG About Uncirculated 55 grade.


Lastly, in Lot 60072, the One Ruble note is the first
we have handled for the catalog number. There is a large 1 counter at left and
ornamental floral design at right. Intricate lathe styling and sharp
under-printed details in ochre. Out of all that PMG has graded, this Very Fine
35 note is the single finest they have certified. Blue ink is seen at the face
and back and is mentioned by PMG in the comments section of the holder. This is
an important occupational note that is certainly missing in even advanced


Live Bidding for Session E, offering Hong Kong, World
& Chinese Paper Money, begins April 4, 2018 at 2:30 PM HKT. For questions
regarding registering or bidding on the sale, please contact 
info@StacksBowers.Com. For questions regarding consigning your future
rarities to our sale, please contact 

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