Auction: CSS48 - CSS48 - The Numismatic Collectors' Series sale - conducted behind closed doors
The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, $500, specimen, 1.3.1912, without serial numbers, purple-red, black and dark yellow, supported arms at upper centre, denomination at each corner and within left and right borders, central vignette of sailing sampans and junk boat against fortress walls and pagoda, reverse blue and black, bank building at centre, 'SPECIMEN' printed in red diagonally on the obverse, 6 hole punch cancellations,
(Pick 46as), PMG 40 Extremely Fine. An extremely rare specimen bearing the first date of issue Colloquially known as the 'Spider Web' because of the geometric design at centre, this type is one of the most iconic and coveted Hong Kong banknotes. Ultra rare in any form and will be fiercely contested for.