Rare 1959 $500 note from Hong Kong bank realizes $32,256 in Spink Aug. 21 auction

Design features vignette of Mercury
By , Coin World
Published : 08/28/14
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A rare $500 Mercantile Bank Limited note of Hong Kong sold for the equivalent of $32,256 in U.S. funds in Spink’s Numismatic Collector’s Series auction in Hong Kong on Aug. 21. The note sold for $250,000 in Hong Kong funds.

The 1959 note, graded About Fine by Spink, features a vignette of the god Mercury at right on the face and a water mark of the numeral 500 to the left. The back shows a vignette of a “paifang” (in Chinese architecture, a gateway or archway) in the center.

This design was issued only in 1948 and 1959. The note “is the scarcer date of an already rare issue,” according to the catalog.

Also in the auction, a 1904 stock certificate for $20 worth of shares in the China Mercantile Co. sold for $100,000 in Hong Kong funds, or $12,902 U.S. The certificate is described as having “folds and wormholes but still very attractive, Very Fine, and very scarce,” according to the catalog.

For more information about the auction or upcoming auctions, visit the Spink website.

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