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
This fabulous Croatian Colour Trial Collection comprising 10 pieces, a real talking point.
1 Pound featuring a portrait of Lady Lavery as the Irish Colleen on the front and a River God Mask on the back. This design
was first introduced when the Republic issued its first currency in 1928. Our notes date 1976 which is
the last date of issue for the Lady Lavery £1 (P64c).
Greece has finally
come to an
agreement on the
name the former
of Macedonia will
adopt in the future.
The new name will
offer a trio of notes
Macedonia which includes
two new polymer notes. The
set comprises the polymer 10
and 50 denars (reduced in
size from the paper issues
they replaced) and the paper
100 denar. Illustrations
included a peacock mosaic,
an angel, a decorated ceiling
decoration, an ancient coin, a
marble statue and a view of
the city through a frame.
Charming North Macedonia
with two of its first polymer
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.