SPINK LONDON | The Spink team have completed the annual Singapore auction catalogue just in time for Singapore to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The sale contains a number of extremely exceptional numismatic items from South East Asia and takes place during the long awaited World Stamp Exhibition, of which Spink are the official auctioneer and key sponsor. Top quality material is becoming harder and harder to source and the cost of acquiring this material is rising. Despite this, Spink have put together a 500 lot sale of banknotes, with some bonds and share certificates, coins and medals to add additional flavour. 

We have a varied selection of issued and specimen notes from all areas of South East Asia including some beautiful and pristine archival specimens, a colourful selection from the collection of Patrick Tan, a group of high denomination George VI and Elizabeth II Malaya, a very early Thai note and some superb New Zealand. The stars of the banknote portion of the show are a group of six elusive Waterlow colour trials from the Hong Kong banks that are absolutely gorgeous in addition to being of the greatest rarity. These special notes come from a colour trial booklet that was found amidst the rubble and rescued by the vendor's grandfather during the commotion and chaos of a particularly intense night of bombing. The Waterlow archive is believed to have been completely destroyed during the Blitz, so these treasures show up only very infrequently!  


Lot 78, colour trial $100, 1 February 1912, Estimated: S$20,000 - 30,000

We look forward to seeing many old and new friends at the auction, and on the 15th August, when the second edition of the acclaimed 'Banknotes of British Malaya', by Frank Goon is launched. The Exhibition and all of the Spink sales will be covered live by a dedicated Spink reporter on all of our social media sites. Estimated to set many new World Records, this sale is not to be missed!

For more Information, please contact Andrew Pattison:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4044| Email: [email protected] 

About Spink

Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and wine.  Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.  Headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, Spink holds over 70 auctions a year.  Catalogues can be accessed through the Spink website (www.spink.com) or via the Spink App for iPhone and iPad.