There are a couple of good auctions coming up in the first week on October 2012 at Spink & Sons.
Spink needs no introduction and around 3-4 month ago I wrote a small post about them, when I first received their catalogs. I have regularly been going through their catalogs to improve my understand of the auctions that have happened in the past and have realized that some times, some really rare items which I have never seen before are listed for auction. I would like to make a special mention for the hand sketches which sometime are auctioned, are real pieces of art.
The upcoming auctions are:
- World Banknotes – 2 & 3 October 2012; and
- The George Kanaan Collection of Banknotes of the Middle East – 4 October 2012.
There are some more auctioned coming up but they are more specific to the English Banknotes. Catalog came be downloaded from the Spink’s website.
The second yearly edition (Autumn / Fall – 2012) of Paper Money Fair – Maastricht is just around the corner. 5 days left and counting! The event will be on the last weekend of September 2012.
It would be a long drive yet again but I will surely try to reach early and find a free parking spot in the city 🙂
I believe it would be good to visit the event as it is one of the larger event in the region but somehow, I feel the dealers trying to make this hobby a profitable business and the hobby is loosing its innocence to profit-making.
For quite sometime, I have been trying to think of a focus area in the hobby, as one cannot possibly complete the banknotes of the whole world. I have finally decided to focus on SAARC countries and write about the beautiful banknotes of the South Asian Countries.
SAARC is an organisation of South Asian nations, which was established on 8 December 1985 when the government of Bangladesh , Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka formally adopted its charter providing for the promotion of economic and social progress, cultural development within the South Asia region and also for friendship and cooperation with other developing countries. It is dedicated to economic, technological, social, and cultural development emphasising collective self-reliance. Its seven founding members are Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Afghanistan joined the organization in 2007. It is headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal.
I have already started contacting individuals in each of the member country of SAARC. This will also help create a small portal for the banknotes of the region. I will be focusing on the beauty and topics on the region as depicted on the various banknotes. I will start with the current sets and will go to the earlier issues in my later post in the series.