As Andrew Pattison, Head of Department, Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb, commented: “The two Indian notes are special because they were issued by the Indian Government for use only by Muslims going on the Haji’s Pilgrimage. Anyone who intended to travel would exchange their rupees for Haji’s rupees which were valid abroad, mainly in Saudi Arabia. 100 rupees was the highest denomination note available and represented a vast amount of money to the average pilgrim. Not many were printed and very few survive. To find a consecutive pair in this excellent condition is unheard of.”
Elsewhere in the sale is an extremely fine 5 Shilling note from the Government of Fiji, dating from 1 March 1937, with the serial number B/2 00001, which is expected to fetch £2,000-2,600.
Mr Pattison noted: “This note is an incredible find with serial number 1 – it is new to the market and from a very popular country, so I am hoping that it will attract a lot of interest!”
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OCTOBER 1& 2 , 2019
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