This evening I got the email notification that my PMG submission had shipped out and so I immediately checked the results. I am super excited by the results and I'll explain why. Last summer I was browsing new Czechoslovakian banknote listings when I came across one with a couple ratty looking bills as the first picture.
It said 6 bills so I looked at the pictures and hidden on the next pictures where 3 notes from 1919 that looked beautiful. The seller had it as an auction starting at $5 but they also had a make an offer option. Not knowing if the notes were real and with it not being a banknote seller I made an offer of $120 hoping it would be enough to entice them and they accepted. When I got the notes in the mail the next week my heart sank a little. The 50 korun 1919 felt wrong compared to the rest of the notes and I couldn't find the watermark. The paper felt very slick. I was a bit bummed, still excited that I got the rest of the notes and even if the one was wrong I still got a good deal on the rest. I kept researching the note looking at ones for sale and trying to find resources that talked about it. I still figured it was a fake but kept it with my Czech notes trying to determine if it truly was or not. It is the only Czech note printed using lithography. Eventually when I was getting my submission ready I decided that I would send it with. I was on the fence, the details were all right but the feel was still wrong to me.
But I took the chance.
And I am super excited that it came back legitimate. It is unfortunately not in the best condition. It has tears and annotations on the back. But I am stoked. The last one to sell on heritage was in 2019 it was graded a 30 and went for $1500 and currently on Aukro.cz there is a graded example in 25 very fine that is listed for 55000 czk = ~$2500 usd. I cant wait to get this back and see it in person.
I'll probably have another post here soon because I have some other notes that I'm excited about in this submission but I just wanted to share this.