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China, Unrecorded Chekiang $1 Proof, 1913

Item Reference: GM49899

China, Unrecorded Chekiang $1 Proof, 1913

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China, Provincial Banks, Chekiang Bank Limited, Uniface Reverse Proof of the $1 banknote, 1 June 1913, perforated “SPECIMEN” at lower centre and mounted (along top edge only) on card stock, purple, green and red, two vignettes at either side within oval frames: building on a shore at left with trees and a small skiff on the water, and gazebo at right within an ornamental water garden, “THE CHEKIANG BANK LIMITED” at top, “PROMISES TO PAY THE BEARER ON DEMAND ONE DOLLAR LOCAL CURRENCY AT ITS OFFICE HERE VALUE RECEIVED BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS” at centre, date lower left, signature of the Managing Director of the bank lower right, denomination in each corner, printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ltd (London), 140mm x 82mm.

Note only, not including the card backing (not listed in Pick “Standard Catalog of World Paper Money” and not listed in Smith & Matravers “Chinese Banknotes” - the only mention of this bank is found in S&M who states : “Chekiang Bank, established in 1907-08…reported to have issued notes in 1909”, there is no illustration of any example in their book which suggests that they were unable to find any note from this bank in 1970 when their work was published).

Mint state uncirculated, very attractive with vibrant colours, completely unrecorded and very rare.