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November 18, 2008

1942 Trade Certificate Specimen from Greeland

I don't normally write about paper money or banknotes, but while looking through the Bruun Rasmussen Auction 799 which arrived in todays mail, I noticed something which caught my interest. Lot 5430 of the sale offers a Specimen note of the Greenland Administration issues for use by the U.S. Military stationed there during World War II.

Not that any of the 1942 issuesare uncommon, quite the contrary, a hoard hit the market back in the early 1980's and these notes were everywhere for a while. No, it's just that this M10, 20 Skilling example is a perforated Specimen note.

While the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - General Issues - 1368-1960 does list the 1942 Trade Certificates for Greenland, the catalog does not list any Specimens. I checked the new 12th edition, which just arrived here this week and while many, many Specimen notes are now listed in the book, there are no Specimens listed for Greenland M10.

I'll pass the Bruun Rasmussen catalog over to friend and fellow blogger George Cuhaj before it's closing date December 4th, so that he can get the Specimen note type listed for the next edition. Rasmussen estimates the Specimen example at 270 Euro, but George can pick up the final price from their website after action closing.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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