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Auction: 23009 - World Banknotes
Lot: 333

Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China, unissued $500, Singapore, 18--, A Paramount denomination of The Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China,

The Unissued $500 for Singapore,

Established on June 1, 1853, in the heart of London, United Kingdom, by the visionary Scottish entrepreneur James Wilson, the Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China stands as an illustrious institution that has significantly shaped the landscape of global finance and commerce.

With a mission dedicated to facilitating the interests of British enterprises and traders operating in the regions of India, Australia, and China, the bank swiftly extended its presence, establishing branches in pivotal cities like Calcutta, Bombay, Sydney, Melbourne, and Hong Kong. As the influence of British colonialism spread across Asia, the bank further expanded its network, reaching cities such as Penang, Shanghai, Tientsin (now known as Tianjin), and Singapore.

Even in the face of formidable challenges, including economic crises and the tumultuous era of World War I, the Chartered Bank displayed remarkable resilience, securing its position as a steadfast financial institution.

A hallmark achievement of the Chartered Bank was its groundbreaking introduction of standardized banknotes, a move that revolutionized trade efficiency and played a pivotal role in nurturing the growth of international banking networks.

Presented here is a splendid example of the bank's legacy, a magnificent , unissued 500 dollar banknote, an esteemed denomination produced by Batho & Co., London. This banknote serves as a testament to the remarkable craftsmanship of its era. It boasts an exquisite design, skilfully blending hues of black, grey, and tan, harmoniously weaving together both Chinese and English text to encapsulate the bank's truly global character. The note prominently features a captivating design, including a majestic lion rampant, a crowned coat of arms, and a striking unicorn rampant. The prominent display of the bank's name, "Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China," serves as a testament to its far-reaching influence and international prominence.

This banknote is a remarkable artifact of its time, reflecting not only the bank's legacy but also the economic vitality of Singapore, a British colony within the Straits Settlements. Singapore flourished as a hub of global trade, with a focus on commodities such as rubber, tin, spices, and various other goods. Its strategic location along vital maritime routes led to continuous enhancements in its port facilities, solidifying its status as a major player in the worldwide trading arena.

In summary, the Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China's historical significance remains undeniable, and the extremely rare banknote showcased here, with his paramount denomination stands as a tangible reminder of its enduring impact on the international financial landscape.

(Pick Unlisted), extremely rare

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