1921 Leeward Islands banknote may see $16,000 at UK auction



2015-06-26 12:54:51

1921 Leeward Islands banknote may see $16,000 at UK auction

A rare 1921 10 shilling banknote from the Leeward Islands is expected to excel this month

A rare 1921 banknote issued in the Leeward Islandscould see high bidsat a July 15 auction in Suffolk, UK.

10 shilling leeward islands banknote auction An extremely rare find with impeccable provenance

No ordinary note, the 10 shilling originates from Antigua and bears the serial number 00001. The very first of the issue, it was once held in the possession of WD Auchinleck (pronounced Affleck), who served as auditor general of Antigua and is himself one of the signatories on the note. There were only ever twodenominations of banknote issued on the Leeward Islands, a five shilling and 10 shilling, both of which are not featured in the respected Pick Catalogue. An exceedingly rare find, the note is almostneverencountered at auction, prompting an estimate of8,000-10,000. Also featuring will be the British two guinea piece, which was first struck in 1709. Featuring a draped bust of Queen Anne on one side and the four crowns of the recently formed Kingdom of Great Britain on the reverse, the coin is in extremely fine condition, verging on uncirculated. Devalued only slightly by a tiny flaw which was created when first struck, the coin is very rare in such a high grade. It is expected to sell for 5,000-6,000. Paul Fraser Collectibles has a superb range of investment-grade coins available to our readers. This William IV proof crown from 1831 is apreviously undiscoveredvariety which is currently unrecorded in the English Silver Coinage catalogue.

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