Asian banknotes open three-day Hong Kong event

HONG KONG, China – Archives International Auctions, in association with Dynasty Auctions Company Ltd., is offering the Allen Berk single-owner lifetime collection of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes Jan. 26, at the Harbor Plaza North Point Hotel in Hong Kong. The Berk collection will signal the opening day of a three-day numismatic and philatelic event.

Included in the Archives International Auctions portion of the sale, taking place Jan. 26, will be more than 1,000 lots of highly collectible Chinese, Asian and worldwide banknotes, coins and scripophily (stock and bond certificates). The Jan. 27-28 sales, conducted by Dynasty Auctions Company Ltd., will feature Chinese stamps and postal history.

A centerpiece of the Allen Berk Collection headed for auction Jan. 26, this 1904 banknote is a high-grade rarity. (Photo courtesy Archives International Auctions)

The Allen Berk collection includes a spectacular example of a 1904 Hupeh Government Cash Bank, high-grade rarity. “Additionally, there are more than 800 lots of Chinese and Hong Kong banknotes, coins and scripophily, with many rarities and discovery notes offered for the first time. We are offering is a small portion of ‘The Hamtramck Collection,’ a fresh worldwide collection, untouched for more than 40 years, with hundreds of rare notes and coins that will be offered in this and many subsequent auctions,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz of Archives International Auctions.

There will be pre-auction viewing at Dynasty Auctions Company Ltd., Hong Kong offices located in the Stanhope House, from Jan. 23-25.

Additional highlights of the Jan. 26 auction include a large group of rare specimen banknotes from American Bank Note Co.; more than 35 lots from the People’s Republic of China (with many graded examples); more than 50 lots of rare Hong Kong banknotes, including Mercantile Bank of India, 1936-1941 issues, from $5 to $100. There are also in excess of 100 worldwide and Asian banknotes from Macau, Japan, Laos, Indonesia, Mali, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, South America, Mali and many other countries.

One of the many banknote highlights that seldom appear at auction will be a 1666 Swedish banknote rarity – a Stockholms Banco, Daler Sylvermynt issue banknote. This

One of the first Western paper banknotes ever issued, this 17th-century rare Stockholm banknote is a featured lot. (Photo courtesy Archives International Auctions)

note represents one of the first paper money issues in the Western world. A lesser condition example sold earlier this year in Europe for more than $30,000.

Collectors may participate live and online through the Archives International Auctions website, at