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    Visually Stunning Highest Denomination Type

    China Yokohama Specie Bank Limited, Hankow 100 Dollars 1.10.1917 Pick S665 S/M#H31-128b PMG Choice Very Fine 35.
    Fantastic and extremely rare, this highest denomination banknote is the first of its kind to appear in public auction. At the time of cataloging, this is the only example in the PMG Population Report. The splendid, lightly circulated grade adds to the visual appeal, as all design elements are bright and clear. The enormous spending power of this note limited the number of notes issued and prevented the majority of those issued from being saved for posterity. Chinese characters and western serial numbers are seen on the front, while English text is printed on the back. A pleasing vignette of the bank's historic Tokyo headquarters decorates the back right side. Interestingly, that building is now the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History. Incredibly, the Yokohama Specie Bank building in Hankow, where this amazing banknote was issued, also still stands today, on Sun Yat Sen Road. Additionally, many other branch buildings of this powerful global bank are still erect, despite this bank being absorbed by Bank of Tokyo in 1946. This bank was a major financier and enabler of Japanese forces during World War II. The stigma left behind rendered business almost impossible after the Japanese defeat. As an historical aside, the Yokohama Specie Bank operated a branch in Honolulu, Hawaii beginning 1892, until the Alien Custodian Agency closed it down after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Customers' accounts were frozen. All were finally paid out after a Department of Justice authorization in 1949. The history of this famed bank endears it to collectors today. This banknote is of the utmost rarity and is certainly missing from even the most complete collections of the subject. Our estimate is assuredly conservative, which should entice bidders to participate in this important auction.


    矚目的最高面額鈔票

    1917年橫濱正金銀行壹佰圓,漢口地名。PMG Choice Very Fine 35。
    精彩的極罕例子。此最高面額鈔票是首次出現於公開拍賣。截至編目時,PMG數量報告只顯示一例。這華美、只經歷過短暫流通的品相提昇了其整體外觀,所有設計元素皆清晰亮麗。巨大的面額使得此鈔的發行量不多,亦減少了能流傳至今的機會。正面可見有中文字和西式序號,而背面則有著英文字。背面右邊有著美觀的東京總部建築圖案,這建築即為今日之神奈川縣立歷史博物館。而難以置信的是,橫濱正金銀行在漢口的銀行建築,即此鈔發行之地,到今日仍存在於孫中山路上。另外,雖然此銀行已於1946年被東京銀行收購,但這家影響力巨大的銀行在很多地方的分行建築仍然屹立不倒。這家銀行是日本於二戰期間主要的資金來源。這個歷史污點使得它幾乎不可能在日本戰敗後捲土重來,而順帶一提,橫濱正金銀行於1892年開始營業的檀香山分行,在1941年珍珠港事件後,被盟軍結業。客戶的戶口被凍結,並在1949年司法部批准後,銀行才能付款給客戶。這家著名銀行的歷史深得收藏家的興趣。此鈔可謂無上的珍品,是所有接近整全的收藏都不可或缺的一枚關鍵。敝司的估價非常保守,使得客戶都能參與到這場重要的拍賣中。




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    July, 2020
    11th-12th Saturday-Sunday
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