Although these large 1000 kronen note bear the date 1902, they were actually issued in 1919 (P59 & P61) At the end of the First World War, the Austrian Hungarian Empire was broken up and Austria became an independent Republic. They are densely engraved in blue. The fronts both feature a young girl in a frame with garlands of flowers in her hair. A crowned double headed eagle is at the centre. On one, the back mirrors the front design (P59) while the other has the young girl featured to the left and right with a patterned design below(P61) Available separately or as a pair.
Although this large 1000 kronen note bears the date 1902, it was actually issued in 1919 (P59) At the end of the First World War, the Austrian Hungarian Empire was broken up and Austria became an independent Republic. They are densely engraved in blue. The front has a young girl in a frame with garlands of flowers in her hair. A crowned double headed eagle is at the centre. The back is the same with the addition of an overprint in red of Deutscheossterriech alongside. Available here in Crisp GEF/Unc.
During the Second World War, Croatia was under German Occupation. Notes were issued for the duration and this 1000 kuna note is from that series (P4) It is dated 1941 and is available in Very Fine- Good Very Fine condition. It’s densely engraved with a young girl to the left. Security features include thick fibres scattered randomly.
It’s not often you get the chance to include colour trials in your banknote collection. This is because they are rarely available to the collector market. They tend to remain with the printers or are destroyed. These colour trials from Croatia, I think you will agree are pretty exotic What are colour trials? Well, as their name implies they are trial printings of banknotes done on paper or in colours that are not adopted for the final issued printing. The trials we have on offer were prepared for Croatian banknotes issued in 1993. They are printed on one side only showing either the front or the back. Many of the trials for the reverse show an incomplete printing stage. Our collection contains 10 different pieces including the fronts and backs of the 200, 500 and 1000 kuna which in issued form are very expensive. Also included are the fronts and backs of the 5 and 20 kuna. Illustrations include prominent citizens from the past and important buildings. This fabulous Croatian Colour Trial Collection comprising 10 pieces, a real talking point.
A wonderful Test note issued by De la Rue Giori and depicting Johannes Gutenberg, the 15th century inventor of the printing press with moveable type. This invention is regarded as one of the most significant ever, ushering in, as it did, an era of mass communication. This Uniface Test note has a portrait of Gutenberg to the left and a hologram to the right. Crisp Uncirculated at £8.50.
This French 200 francs which was issued in the 1980’s and early 1990’s (P156) Its tapestry like design features Montesquieu, a political philosopher living in the 18th century in the Age of Enlightenment. To the right of his portrait a female figure holding a shield representing L’Esprit des Lois,(The Spirit of the Laws) a work he published anonymously in 1748 and which influenced the Founding Fathers when they drew up the American Constitution. The back features his portrait alongside a view of the Chateau de la Brede where he was born and a statue of Scylla a reference to his publication Persian Letters. Available in Good Fine- VF.
These 10,000 mark notes dated 1922 are often referred to as Vampire notes (P72) This is because, hidden in the portrait of the merchant on the front, is a vampire sucking his throat, an allusion to the burden of reparation payments German was subject to after World War 1 and which was bleeding the economy dry. Available here in Fine.