In the sale Live Auction Banknotes October 2019, cgb.fr offers a rare proof of a One Pound Isle of Pines type 1848 (Ref. Kolsky: # 484, Pick: unknown). Lot # 4330418 is described as "AU grade with two stains on the back and pencil markings in the corners".
We have to go back 15 years to find a first copy of this project ... in 2004, at the time of the sale of the first part of the Maurice Kolsky collection, Papier-Monnaie IV catalog (Lot # p04_0152). The proof classified in XF grade had been sold for € 8000. It should be noted that this copy also illustrates the book of MM. Kolsky and Muszynski, "Les billets de la Banque de l'Indochine".
This is the second time that the opportunity arises to acquire a rare copy of this engraving One Pound Type 1848. And the document therefore becomes countably the sixth copy known if we add the four proofs preserved at the State Library of Sydney (see comments of cgb.fr below).
The Isle of Pines, located southeast of New Caledonia, is nicknamed the "closest island of paradise". In any case, the collector who will have the chance to acquire this jewel, will be there ... in paradise!
cgb.fr commentary accompanying the sales sheet: "Project of a 1 Pound for the Isle of Pines (small island of New Caledonia which" between 1840 and 1853 ... saw many adventurers land and s' The counters opened to market sandalwood "- Les billets de la Banque de l'Indochine, Messrs. Kolsky & Muszynski, page 187). Engraving on thick Canson paper. Overall dimensions 27 x 15 cm, banknote size 20 x 10 cm. Engraving done by Henry Cooper Jervis (1816-) in Sydney. Four other proofs are also held at the State Library in Sydney. According to Pam Carver's book "Captain Robert Towns (1794-1873)", this plaque was engraved in 1848 for Robert Towns who had a commercial establishment on Isle of Pines. The latter thought that the English would take possession of the island and thus a banknote resembling an English issue would be recognized as the official currency of the island. This note was never put into circulation and only this rare prrof is an old testimony of this story!"