A £10 specimen proof note from the National Bank of Egypt, with a
portrait of King Farouk on the face of the note, sold at Spink's April
15 to 17 auction in London for £41,000 ($68,517 in U.S. funds).
The note, considered to be unique, was estimated to bring £15,000 to £20,000.
The note set a world record for an Egyptian note sold at auction,
according to a Spink news release. The auction attracted buyers from
around the world to bid on more than 2,200 lots of issued notes, color
trials, composite essays, die proofs and specimens offered by Spink.
The three-day auction was the biggest sale of its kind Spink had
ever held, according to the firm.
The specimen note (lot 420), was designed and prepared for issuance
in 1952 but due to a revolution in which Farouk was overthrown, notes
with this design were never released, according to the catalog description.
The back of the specimen note shows the ruins at Karnak with two
images of a sphinx on the back.
The price includes the buyer’s fee.
For more information about the auction, visit the Spink website at