Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Highest Denomination Specimen

    East Africa East African Currency Board 500 Florins = 50 Pounds 1.5.1920 Pick 12Bs Specimen PMG About Uncirculated 55.
    The simply beautiful but very short-lived 1920 series is among the most desirable of all world notes, due to their attractive design elements and tremendous rarity. The Florins / Pounds scheme was replaced by Shillings / Pounds notes in 1921, which makes the previous extremely scarce. The 500 Florins was the highest denomination of that series, and its issuance is questionable. Thankfully, a tiny number of Specimen have survived. At the time of cataloging, this is only the second example to be offered publicly, and the first since 2014. Additionally, this is one of only two examples graded in the PMG Population Report. The Thomas de la Rue design elements of this series are lauded as titans of banknote engravings, and for good reason. A tastefully applied perforated cancellation was placed atop printed signatures. A specimen serial number range of 10,000 pieces is indicated at front, although it is not confirmed that any of these notes were actually issued. Printer notations in the top margin are typical of TDLR prototypes and Specimen. One of the most important offerings in this auction and assuredly missing from even the most advanced collections. Worthy of serious consideration.
    The Yuri Solovey Collection of East Africa

    View all of [The Yuri Solovey Collection of East Africa ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2021
    30th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,503

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold on Apr 30, 2021 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2021 August 10 - 16 ANA WFOM World Paper Money Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I think heritage is the best auction house and has the best service - that’s why I use you. 
    Sara B.,
    Dubai, UAE
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search