Currency of Honduras

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Ponterio sale 149, lot 562
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The first specimen was lot 562 in Ponterio sale 149 (Chicago, April 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "HONDURAS. Banco Nacional Hondureno. 50 Centavos, 1889. P-S153a. This scarce note is not listed in the SCWPM with a price over the Fine grade. A tough change note which will surely grab attention with the pleasing locomotive vignette. The reverse has a message in pen that states 'Best Wishes,' dated April 15, 1891. There are some hinges noticed at the left side of the reverse, VERY FINE." Printed by ABNCo.

Ponterio sale 149, lot 564
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The second specimen was lot 564 in Ponterio sale 149 (Chicago, April 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "HONDURAS. Banco Nacional Hondureno. 1 Peso, 1889. P-S154a. Another scarce Honduran issued note which will intrigue collectors. A vignette of a seated woman by a lamb is inviting to the eyes and the design on the reverse shows a very ornate layout. Some scattered pinholes are noticed, FINE." Printed by ABNCo.

Ponterio sale 149, lot 563
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

The third specimen was lot 563 in Ponterio sale 145 (Chicago, April 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "HONDURAS. Banco Centro-Americano. 1 Peso, 30.11.1888. P-S131a. SCWPM lists this note as rare without reference to a price. We feel it is an item of importance as it is the first one we have seen in many years. It is an issued example with gorgeous signatures and a lovely portrait of a young woman. FINE-VERY FINE." Printed by ABNCo.

Ponterio sale 151, lot 6712
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The fourth specimen was lot 6712 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $920. The catalog description[1] noted, "HONDURAS. 5 Lempiras, 1932. P-36. The 1932 issue is a very desirable series and the higher denomination difficult to obtain. Now rarely seen, the example is fully original darken from age, but the paper still has firmness. VERY FINE." Printed by Waterlow & Sons.

Ponterio sale 141, lot 175

The fifth specimen was lot 175 in Ponterio sale 141 (New York, January 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "HONDURAS. 100 Lempiras, 10-XII-1969. P-49b. RARE in this grade. EXTREMELY FINE." Unfortunately, the auction catalog did not photograph the reverse of this note. Printed by Waterlow & Sons.

Sources:

  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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