Auction: CSS45 - Banknotes, Bonds & Shares and Coins of China and Hong Kong
The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, $10, pattern, 1.12.1911, serial number 0000000, violet, black and orange, vignette of a pagoda and junk boat at left, sampan sailing on a river gorge at right, bank coat of arms at centre, printed black manuscript signature at lower right, reverse violet and black, the old Bank building at centre, handwritten 'SPECIMEN' in red ink and with a blue Waterlow seal at lower left. The differences between this note and the final adopted design are:
1. 'SPECIMEN' in written in red ink rather than printed. This is rather unsual as other specimens have this printed.
2. The serial number on issued notes have a fractional alphabetical prefix and 6 digits as opposed to just 7 digits.
3. The text within the upper and lower bars are white and the background is colour solid. This is the opposite to the issued version.
Given these subtle differences we may assume this note is a pattern rather than a 'simple' specimen.
(Pick 42 for type), PMG 53 About Uncirculated (Minor Repairs to a small tear on the lower border). Of the highest rarity, if not unique, in this form. Lovely rich colours.