The Paradise Collection Coming to the September Maastricht MIF FAIR

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering Part I of the Paradise Collection in our upcoming September Maastricht Auction! Lot viewing will be held at the MIF World Paper Money Show September 23-24. Part I will comprise mostly rarities from Canada, with additional items from other countries such as Portuguese India, Nicaragua, Egypt, and India.

From the Canadian section, the highlight is a DC-19 1911 Dominion of Canada 500 Dollars in PMG Choice Fine 15, conservatively estimated at $300,000 and up. The other star of the section is a BC-17 1935 Bank of Canada 500 Dollars in PMG Very Fine 20, which has a binary-radar-rotator serial number. This note has an estimate of $100,000 and up. A number of rare chartered banknotes are also included, with a nice mixture of issued and specimen notes offered.

From the Portuguese India section, highlights are examples of P-29s and 30s. The elephant notes are some of the most desirable from Portuguese India, and these high denomination 50 and 100 Rupias seldom trade hands or cross the auction block. Both P-29s and P-30s are in Choice Uncirculated 63 grades.

From Nicaragua, a neat piece of scrip and military history is found in a P-S132 note that was issued by William Walker during his failed attempt to colonize Nicaragua in 1856-57. The offered piece is in a PMG Very Fine 30 grade, and is the only example listed on the third-party grading service’s population report.

Part II of the Paradise Collection will be presented in our upcoming Fall Hong Kong sale, so be sure to keep an eye out for future blogs that will feature this material. Given the current market, and the near unobtainability of some of these notes, we are expecting another record sale for World paper money.

We are currently taking consignments for our future World paper money auctions. To consign your U.S. paper money and world paper money to a future sale, contact a consignment specialist at 800-458-4646 or visit For more information on viewing lots or for assistance in registering to bid, email your inquiry to:

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