Auction: CSS45 - Banknotes, Bonds & Shares and Coins of China and Hong Kong
The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, $50, pattern, no date but subtype of 1912, without serial numbers, brown, black and blue, vignette showing agricultural activities at centre, '50' at corners, reverse green and black, bank building at centre, hole punch cancellations,
(Pick 43Ar), PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated. Only two notes of this subtype graded by PMG, with the other note given the 43As status, presumably with the 'SPECIMEN' overprint. This note is without the overprint and therefore is unique in this form. All specimens of the 'Big Gourd' $50 (so called because of the gourd like patterns at lower left and right) are rare and this is the only note the cataloguer has seen so far. A most attractive note with strong and vivid colours.