Auction: CSS45 - Banknotes, Bonds & Shares and Coins of China and Hong Kong
The Agra and United Service Bank, Limited, $200, proof, no date (c.1862), without serial numbers, black on white, supported arms at upper centre, '$200' in oval frame to each side, 'HONG KONG' printed at upper left, bank title and manuscript English text at centre, Chinese text within borders, printed by John Biden, London,
(Pick 6p), PMG 63EPQ Choice Uncirculated. A phenomenal note that is the dream of most collectors. Other than the unique denomination of $200, this is one of the earliest and short lived banknote issuing authorities in Hong Kong. According to internet sources: 'The Agra and United Serivce Bank Limited was established in Hong Kong in 1862 and issued its first banknotes in 1863. It merged with Masterman & Co. and was renamed Agra and Masterman's Bank Limited and ceased to operate in 1866 (www.numismondo.net). A great rarity which will find its home in one of the greatest collections of Hong Kong banknotes and will not be seen for many years.
HK$550,000 to HK$700,000