Saturday, October 19, 2019 (ie tomorrow!) in La Roche-sur-Yon, an auction will be orchestrated by the company Cote&nchères atlantique from 2:00 p.m. For those who can not physically go there, it will be possible to participate in the Live Auction on interencheres.com. Several lots for sale have caught my attention including the lot # 85 consisting of a brick of 500 francs Type 1993 with the commentary of the following auction house: "brick complete with cardboard and fasteners, never opened: 10 bundles of 100 notes or FRF 500000. In UNC grade and dated 16/12/1994. Indications: B4 500 BDF - 031010 - N026: 806970 Q026: 806138 The 16/12/1994 *** Estimate: € 1000 to € 2000". Personally, this is the first time I see a brick of notes! It's pretty impressive:
Probably for lack of "commercial pedagogy", the auction house does not specify visually which banknote it is! The brick contains 1000 banknotes of 500 francs Type 1993 Pierre and Marie Curie (Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # 76.01 or Pick: # 160a), dated 1994 and identical to the note shown below except for the alphabet number:
In the brick, a gift?
One of the pictures of the sale shows that the brick was manufactured on 16-12-1994 and that the notes are located between the alphabet N 026 (806970) and the alphabet Q 026 (806138). Wow! 1000 banknotes at once ... And maybe a chance to write off your investment by finding a "radar" note? Well, it's true, the probability of finding a "radar" note for a banknote with 9 digits like the 500 francs is only 1 for 10000 sorted bils, so it's a fair bit with ten times less.
So, maybe you'll find a error note with, for example, the symbol of offset radium, like the copy B 016125391 that we have in Numizon base (Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # F.76f1) or the radium symbol cut in two parts (Ref.Fayette-Dessal: # F.76f2) or simply a note without the radium symbol (Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # F.76f3). All these error notes are still rated € 500 in UNC grade.
And why not a note without Strap (Photo A, Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # F.76f4) whose rating is € 400 € in UNC grade!
Or rarer ... a 500 francs without the van (photo B) like the copy C 030812253 that we have in Numizon base!
Or even rarer ... a 500 francs with Marie Curie and the green tear flowing on her cheek (photo C, note: N 019838774).
Finally for those who like me are thinking of relooking their living room, know that the 500 francs Type 1993 measures 153x80mm x 1000 notes ... So you have a surface of 1224 m2 of paper ... money!
More seriously, at € 1000 for the brick, it's only 1 € for a copie. A slab PMG at $ 30 and now, you have a merchandise graded between 62 and 66 EPQ and that will sell at least at the current price of the note (€ 60 in the Fayette-Dessal book).
In conclusion, it's a great investment! But make no mistake, the professionals will be on the spot, it's their job.
Good luck to all for the sale and have a good weekend!
October 19, 2019. Sales results: