A quartet of notes from Nigeria, all
printed on polymer plastic. It comprises
the 5,10, 20 and 50 naira dated 2007 to
2009 (P32-5) The fronts feature portraits of
prominent citizens whilst the backs feature
traditional dancers, women carrying pots,
fishermen preparing fish and a woman at a
potter’s wheel. Crisp Uncirculated.
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.
Crisp, Uncirculated Fifty Cents Notes from the Bahamas
(P-New) These haven’t long been issued and are quite
stylish. They are printed on a strengthened substrate. A
mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth appears on the front
alongside a map of the island and a flower. The back printed
in vertical format features a portrait of Sister Sarah in
the market with additional vignettes of basket ware. Uncirculated.
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.
The Bank of England like other banks has issued what are known as Test Notes. These Test notes
were intended to demonstrate different printing techniques. The design is of an Elizabethan
woman in a ruff surrounded by decorative swirls containing the word Bank of England. The ones on
offer are cream and a thing of the past as the Bank of England no longer prints its own notes
Several banks have issued banknotes for Hong Kong in the past. This included the Chartered Bank
10 dollars dated 1981 (P77b) They are coloured bright green with a stylised carp on the front. The
Arms of the bank and the Bank Headquarters appears on the back. Crisp EF.