I have seen a drastic jump in the values of Jamaican paper money featuring Queen Elizabeth II. I have been keeping my eye open for a while, and lately I have purchased a banknote which, though I don’t feel it was a spectacular deal, could have a good return on investment down the road. This particular one is a Jamaican 10 shilling note from 1964, printed under the Law of 1960. It features the queen at left. The back features a much more interesting picture: men with bananas (don’t be gross!).
Well, I’ve managed to pick up another 1975 series banknote from Belize. This time its the $2 bill, which features Queen Elizabeth II at right. As with the previous Belize banknote I bought this one is in F condition as well. Unfortunately, that seems to be all too common with this series, which is quite surprising, given that this paper money is not that old, relatively speaking. This one set me back $15.
Although this series of paper money from Belize does not have any particularly scenic imagery, is printed in pretty much one color, and the back is very plain, there is still something very attractive about these banknotes. And, given that they were issued only 35 years ago, it is strange that there are so few available for purchase on eBay, and almost none of them are better than VF condition. In this case the one I bought is in F condition, but it is a $5 bill. The denominations of this issue are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and almost all of the banknotes from this issue on eBay are of the $1 variety. Anyways, this banknote cost me $30:
Its in bad shape, but I have purchased a Hong Kong one dollar bill featuring King George the sixth. This banknote can be found in several colors: green, blue, and purple. There are also similar banknotes featuring King George the fifth and Queen Elizabeth II.
As I have stated, and continue to state, banknotes with British royalty on them will, in my opinion, be quite valuable down the road, especially from countries that are no longer in existence. And with that thought in mind I came across, and purchased Malaya and British Borneo’s p3a which is a $10 bill featuring Queen Elizabeth II. This is the highest denomination of the 1953 set which can often be found on eBay, though I have seen a few rare examples of the $50 bill and the $100 bill up for auction, and selling at a very high premium. Too rich for my blood! Its $10′s for me!
Malta seems to produce some interesting banknotes. And as I have mentioned previously, any banknotes with the young Queen Elizabeth II are a great investment, so I managed to win an auction for a Malta 10 shilling note from 1968, featuring the Queen at right on the face. The back is a monotone picture of a harbor in Malta. Later issues featured color backs, which made for some beautiful notes. None-the-less, this is a good investment for the future: