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Rhodes' Himalayan Collection to be Sold
By Thomas Michael
July 30, 2013

Nicholas G. Rhodes’ extensive collection of Himalayan region coinages and bank notes collected and researched over nearly 50 years as a numismatist will finally be crossing the auction block two years after his passing. Spink will begin selling Rhodes’ collection this year, with an Aug. 21 auction in Hong Kong offering coins of Tibet and a second sale set for Sept. 24 in London for Kingdoms of North Eastern India including Tripura, Jaintiapur, Manipur, Assam and Cooch Behar.

Given the height of values in the current extremely active Indian coin and bank note markets and the highly specialized nature of Rhodes’ collection, these sales will produce highlight figures while offering choice examples, extreme rarities and some coins that were only known in Rhodes’ collection. Additionally, I would expect to see many research lots of grouped types, which could afford access to collectors with tighter budgets.

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Rhodes was a longtime member of the Royal Numismatic Society, a founding member of the Oriental Numismatic Society where he published much of his research, and a contributor to the Standard Catalog series from early days on, including co-authoring The Standard Guide to South Asian Coins and Paper Money since 1556 AD.

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