There have been some big-time rarities in Ukrainian notes hitting the auction block recently, almost all specimens, and prices have been through the roof! It's killing me that I can't splurge on one or two of these but unfortunately most are out of my price range. Also, as seems to be the norm unfortunately, I disagree with how some of these notes were labeled and the Pick #'s assigned to them, but that didn't seem to dissuade would-be bidders. Anyway, here are a few of the highlights.
Four seldom seen specimen notes with De La Rue overprint, specimen numbers and printer's annotations, all were previously mounted. I suspect that all similar Ukrainian specimen notes with De La Rue overprint will have been mounted as I believe that was how they were presented. These are some rarities, gorgeous notes, and bidding proved strong for all four. All prices are in USD and are the hammer or high bid price only, taxes, BP, shipping, etc. not included. The first two notes were listed and sold separately, when those auctions concluded the next two were listed, also separately.
$1,775.00 (PMG, 63)
$1,600.00 (PMG, 63)
$2,300.00 (PMG, 64)
$2,550.00 (PMG, 64)
Next are more Color Trials, and Printer's Designs. The seller seems to have an unlimited supply of these, I'm hoping if they do list more, I'll have an opportunity to pick one up. PMG did label a few of these as "Unlisted Pick" varieties, which I would they rather do than incorrectly label them. It's too bad that Krause went tits up and left this huge void in identifying notes, the Banknote Book seems to keep up but PMG does not currently utilize BB numbers, maybe someday they will as the current state of things is not great. Back to the notes!
$1,125.00 (PMG, 66 EPQ)
$1,075.00 (PMG, 65 EPQ)
$900.00 (PMG, 66 EPQ)
$860.00 (PMG, 66 EPQ)
$788.00 (PMG, 66 EPQ)
$720.00 (PMG, 66 EPQ)
$721.00 (PMG, 65 EPQ)
$650.00 (PMG, 67 EPQ)
There are also a few classic notes currently up for auction.
Another 2 Karbowanez with a starting price of $1,480.00
And last but not least we have an über rare 5 Chervontsiv note with a starting price of $9,535.00, the auction ends Oct 3.
Overall, quality available notes seem to be drying up as the last few auctions had either very slim pickings and/or common moderns add to fill up the auction. I realize that as my collection becomes larger and more complete there will be fewer notes that I would want to acquire, leaving only "key" notes for me to find. Not acquiring new notes is I suppose it's a blessing in disguise as I'll be able to increase my funds and possibly pick up a few of the rarer notes, but not adding some Ukrainian notes is killing me and to it the frustration of having to watch these beauties pass by on my computer screen. At least I was able to pull images and information for all of them from the auction listings and add it to my records.
In the meantime, I've been picking up a few low-cost notes from other countries to fill the void and hopefully the timing will be right in the near future for the key notes.