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NEW ZEALAND $5 BILL SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY Polymer Bill Issued 1997-2007
By Hillary, Edmund
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Below is a photo of Ed Hillary signing a NZ $5 bill for Chessler Books in Los Angeles in 1992. Standing in the background is Michael Chessler.



How we got our New Zealand $5 bills signed by
Sir Edmund Hillary

Our visits to New Zealand to see Edmund Hillary all occurred betwen 2001 and 2007. As paper bills were no longer in circulation we ask Edmund Hillary to sign a few of the newly designed Polymer $5 bill with his image on the front. The bill listed here is one of the Polymer bills, and has been circulated. It is in Fine condition, and other than some hard to see fold marks it looks like new. There is no soiling or damage, the only change is it being signed in fine point bold marker, as it was hard to write on the Poylmer bills with a pen. 

We were fortunate to have met with Sir Edmund Hillary many times in the 1990s and 2000s.  Being booksellers, we normally asked him to autograph books by and about him. But we also brought along some other goodies.

The following applies to the older paper $5 bills listed elsewhere on our website.

New Zealand is one of the few countries that has honored a private living citizen by putting his image on their currency. In the 1990s Hillary traveled a lot, fund raising for his Foundation that improved the lives of his beloved Sherpas.  When we found out about the NZ $5 bill, just before a scheduled meeting in Los Angeles with Sir Ed, we were able to find some uncirculated, early printed, original NZ $5 bills. The serial numbers started with A, and most of our bills were A and B series.

Sir Edmund Hillary signed over 100 $5 bills for us from 1992 to 1999.  As of October 2018 we have only a few left. The paper bill showing Sir Edmund Hillary was issued only from 1992 to 1997. Since then a plastic polymer was used for all denominations to preclude counterfeiting.

We are old fashioned, so we rarely asked Ed to sign polymer bills, only using uncirculated paper bills for autographing. At first we met Sir Ed only in the USA and Canada. After he turned 80 years old, we met with him only in New Zealand. Therefore the polymer bills Ed signed for us were all signed ten to seventeen years ago. We have never seen any offered for sale except the ones he signed for us. 

If you ever wanted this special commemorative of the life of a great man, this may be your last chance.



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