Clay Irving Collection - Specimen Notes

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Specimen Banknotes

[ Last Update: Sunday, 12-Jan-2014 13:04:06 EST ]

Specimens are notes produced by the security printer as examples of the final product. They are typically printed in relatively small numbers and distributed to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to familiarize them with the notes. To prevent them from being used as legal tender, they are commonly overprinted, perforated, or punched. Whenever a specimen has been confirmed, it is described in detail (most specimens have all-zero serial numbers unless otherwise noted).

United States FR-1619, KL-1462 - Series 1957 $1 Silver Certificate, Priest - Anderson, Plate# G722/397, S/N H12345678G

PCGS Choice About New 58PPQ

United States FR-1968Ks, Series 1963 A $5 Federal Reserve Note, Dallas, Granahan - Fowler, Plate# D2/15, S/N K23456789A

PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 Net

The note is given a "Net" designation with a comment, "Previously Mounted".

Cambodia P44s - 1000 Riels
Serial Number: A1 0000000 / 1629
Front: Bayon four faces of Avaloketesavara at left
Back: Prasat Chan Chaya at right
Watermark: Cube design
Size: 127 x 67 mm

Cambodia P49s - 50000 Riels
Issued: 06 April 2001
Serial Number: F1 0000000 / 1665
Front: Preah Vihear Temple at center, King Norodom Sihanouk at right
Back: Road to Preah Vihear Temple
Watermark: King Norodom Sihanouk
Size: 147 x 67 mm

Cambodia P50 - 100000 Riels
View against black background
Issued: 25 March 1995
Serial Number: G1 0000000 / 2022
Front: King N. Sihanouk and First Lady at right
Back: The King and First Lady receiving homage of people at center right
Watermark: The King and First Lady
Signature: 16
Size: 156 x 68 mm

P110s - 20 Peso
Front: Camilo Cienfuegos at right
Back: Agricultral scenes
Watermark: Célia Sánchez Manduley
Size: 150 x 70 mm

Indonesia P58s - 50 Rupiah
Issue Date: 26 April 1962
Serial Number: KAL043239
Front: Woman from Timor spinning at left
Back: Traditional house of Timor at center
Watermark: Bull's head
Signature: Mr. Loekman Hakim and TRB. Sabaroedin
Size: 150 x 75 mm

Indonesia P65s - 5 Rupiah
Serial Number: 5BHH69389
Issue Date: 19 January 1960
Front: Tuberose flowers (Polianthes Tuberosa) at center
Back: Four small sunbirds
Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Company, Limited
Signatures: Mr. Loekman Hakim and TRB. Sabaroedin
Size: 125 x 64 mm

Laos P4s - 20 Kip
Front: Government Palace, tricephalic elephant arms at upper center
Back: Woman weaving
Printer: Security Banknote Company, USA (not printed on banknote)
Size: 125 x 65 mm

Laos P5s2 - 50 Kip, Second Issue (without planchets)
Front: National Assembly Building, tricephalic elephant arms at upper center
Back: Logger riding an elephant
Size: 134 x 70 mm

Laos P31s - 500 Kip
Front: Modern irrigation systems at center, arms above
Back: Harvesting fruit at center
Watermark: Stars, hammer, and sickles
Size: 150 x 69 mm

North Korea P39s (CS2) - 1 Won, 1992
Front: Young woman with flower basket at center right, arms at upper left
Back: Mt. Gumgang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 115 x 55 mm

견본 indicates "Specimen" in Korean.

North Korea P-40s (CS2) - 5 Won, 1992
Front: Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang at upper right, Mangyongdae School Childrens' Palace in Pyongyangi at center left, students and pupils at center, symbol of an atom and nuclear power at upper left center, arms at upper left
Back: Grand Peoples Study House on Mansan Hill in Pyongyang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 125 x 60 mm

North Korea 5000 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Kim Il-sung
Back: Mangyongdae
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 145 x 65 mm

1000 Shillings
Front: Young girl at right, lion at left
Back: Lion stading at center, camel at right

Vietnam P72s - 2 Đồng
Front: Arms at left center, four people with flag at right center
Back: Vịnh Hạ Long (Ha Long Bay) in Quảng Ninh province, MẪU BẠC ("currency sample" in Vietnamese) red overprint
Size: 142 x 76 mm

Vietnam P74s - 10 Đồng
Front: Arms at center, Hồ Chí Minh at right
Back: Factory at center, GIẤY MẪU ("sample" in Vietnamese) overprint
Size: 158 x 83 mm

Vietnam P95s - 30 Đồng
Serial Number: AA 0000000
Front: Hồ Chí Minh at right, Arms at left
Back: Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City
Size: 150 x 75 mm

Vietnam P115s - 10000 Đồng, 1993
Issue Date: 15 October 1994
Front: Hồ Chí Minh at right, Arms at center
Back: Junks along Ha Long Bay coastline at center
Watermark: Profile of Hồ Chí Minh
UV: fluorescent blue fibers
Size: 140 x 68 mm

Vietnam P116s - 50000 Đồng, 1993
Issue Date: 15 October 1994
Front: Hồ Chí Minh at right, Arms at upper center left
Back: Nha Rong Wharf at center
Watermark: Profile of Hồ Chí Minh
UV: fluorescent blue fibers
Size: 140 x 68 mm

On June 7, 2007, the government ordered cessation of the issuance of the cotton 50,000 and 100,000 Đồng notes. They were taken out of circulation by September 1, 2007.

Vietnam P117s - 100000 Đồng, 1994
Issue Date: 01 September 2000
Front: Hồ Chí Minh at right, Arms at upper center left
Back: Hồ Chí Minh's house at center
Watermark: Profile of Hồ Chí Minh
UV: fluorescent blue fibers
Size: 140 x 68 mm

On June 7, 2007, the government ordered cessation of the issuance of the cotton 50,000 and 100,000 Đồng notes. They were taken out of circulation by September 1, 2007.