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ICG has graded a series of 500 Baht notes with solid serials, including a solid "8s" note graded AU+ 58. The notes (P-91) are from Thailand's SERIES 13 issue and depict King RAMA IX at right. This series circulated between 1988 and 1996 and is the last regular series printed fully on paper.

ICG has graded a 2 pesos note (P-A102) issue by the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in March 1875. The note has received a clean ICG Very Fine + 35 grade and had no material paper damage to note. This particular 1875 series was overprinted "Comision de Extincion de Billetes", which indicates that the issue was considered some sort of provisional series for limited circulation. The note was printed by the American Bank Note Company (ABNC) and has lovely vignettes of wild horses and an ostrich, as well as an allegorical woman figure at right.

ICG has graded a face proof of the wonderful 100 thaler from Abyssinia (P-4p / BOA B4p) depicting an elephant. The proof obtained a grade of AU/UNC 60 with an asterisk indicating the presence of minor mounting marks and residue on the reverse. The proof was most likely printed around 1915 by the English printers of Bradbury Wilkinson & Co.

ICG has graded a Venezuela 500 Bolivares "red" specimen (P-36s) Choice UNC 66. The specimen is undated, but the red type was issued during three years between 1943 and 1946 and is therefore much scarcer than the "orange" 500 Bolivares, circulated for nearly 25 years between 1947 and 1971. The example graded by ICG has a specimen overprint on face and two small cancellation holes. It was printed by the American Bank Note Company (ABNC) and has a portrait of Simon Bolivar (libertador) at right on face. 

A 25 Riyals Qatar & Dubai (P-4a / QDCB B4a) graded Choice UNC 66 by ICG hammered for GBP 39,000 before commission at a Spink World Banknote Auction at the end of April. The record auction price reflected the rarity of this particular example, which is likely among the very best known.

ICG has graded a number of the commemorative 500 Baht Polymer issue of 1996. The note (P-101) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Reign of King RAMA IX and all the examples graded by ICG have attractive radar serial numbers. Every note graded in this batch is almost without exception flawless, and thus ICG has given the notes top grades between Gem UNC 68 and Perfect UNC 70. The notes were printed by Note Printing Australia (NPA) using the Guardian Polymer technology.

ICG has graded a spectacular 5 franc note issued by the Societe Generale pour Favoriser l'Industrie Nationale in the 1840s. The note (P-20) graded Fine 20. This is the earliest paper money we have graded for Belgium and likely among the oldest in private hands. The note is printed on very thin paper and it is a miracle it has been preserved for approximately 175 years in that wonderful condition. Unfortunately, we could only identify the signature of the governor of the Societe Generale at the time; a Mr. De Meeus. Any further research on these early notes would be welcome.

Because we don't know everything there is to know about the vast field of world paper money, ICG occasionally relies on a team of associated experts who can help us identify or authenticate certain items.

Jean-Marc Dessal, a director at French numismatic house CGB (Compagnie Generale de Bourse) is one of our experts, covering the paper money of France, the Banque de l'Indochine and the French overseas domains and territories DOM-TOM.

ICG had the pleasure of grading a high quality group of Palestine banknotes which included this stunning 10 pound dated 7th September 1939 and graded Almost UNC 55 with no noticeable defects. This is likely to be one of the best surviving examples of this scarce denomination. The note belongs to the third issue of notes by the Palestine Currency Board, released in 1939 as the approach of WWII created an increased need for circulation currency in the British territory of Palestine.

ICG recently had the opportunity to grade a wonderful 25 Riyals note issued by the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board around September 1966. The note received a stunning Choice UNC 66 grade and must therefore be among the best grades known for this rare type.