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    Rare 50 Pounds with Low Serial Number 37

    Serial Number 37 New Zealand Reserve Bank 50 Pounds 1.8.1934 Pick 157 PMG Very Fine 25.
    A rare and highly sought after note with a desirable, low serial number. This highest denomination issue is arguably the most difficult note to find in all of New Zealand currency. The controversial 1934 issue was only intended to circulate temporarily. In a rush, some of the previous designs were incorporated into the design of the ultimate issuance. In fact, due to air raids in England, plates were sent to Australia as a precautionary measure to ensure no hindrance in money supply to New Zealand. Notes printed by the Australians, however, never circulated in New Zealand, and did not include the TDLR stamp on the back. Instead, they were later repurposed for circulation in the island nation of Fiji.

    On the face, one notices to the right, King Tawhiao, the second Maori king, from the painting by Gottfried Lindauer. To the left one sees a vignette based on the engraving by Dutch artist John Gerrard Keulemans, featuring the Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. On the back is Mitre peak in Fiordland. A small edge split at bottom center is noted for accuracy.

    The PMG Population Report lists only five examples, with none graded above Extremely Fine. Rare in any grade, and sadly missing from even the most complete New Zealand or South Pacific collections.

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