St. Thomas and Prince lies off the coast of West Africa. This island group issued a new set of banknotes
last year all printed in polymer plastic. Getting hold of these was exceptionally difficult
because of the authorities reluctance to release quantities to visiting dealers. We managed to get some
of the 5 and 10 dobras and very pretty they are too! Butterflies are the principal theme. On the back of
the 5 dobras a Sao Tome shrew is featured while a Sao Tome Prinia bird perched on a branch is on the
back of the 10 dobras Uncirculated.
In 1884 the city of Khartoum was under siege. General Charles Gordon who was in charge of the city
needed money to keep his troops on side and to ensure the city could function. To this end he issued
notes which bore his facsimile signature in values from the 1 piastre to the 5000 piastres. The Mahdi
forces eventually stormed Khartoum and Gordon was killed. Anyone caught with one of these General
Gordon issues would have been put to death.
We can now offer examples of the 500 piastres note issued by General Gordon. They were necessarily
small and crude affairs, printed on cardlike paper on one side only (PS106) A relic of an heroic
stand by a legendary 19th century general.
A trio of Uncirculated
notes from Tanzania
which used to be known
as Tanganika and
Zanzibar. It’s a colourful
set. The front of the 1000
shilingi features a portrait
President Julius Nyerere
while the front of the
2000 shilingi depicts the
head of a lion while the
head of a rhino is on the
5000 shilingi. Important
buildings and a mining
operation and diamonds
are depicted on the back.
Issued in 1909, just 8 years before the Russian Revolution, these 25 roubles feature an
impressive portrait of Alexander III on the back (P12) He was Tsar of Russia from 1881 until
1894. He became Tsar after the assassination of his father Alexander II.
The front has a fairly simple design with Imperial crowned double headed eagle on the front
and sunburst underprint design. Alexander’s stern portrait is on the back.