As Andrew Pattison Head of Department, Banknotes at Dix Noonan Webb, explains: “when it was printed in 1863, this Marshall £5 represented the absolute height of Victorian technology. All of the recent advances in paper making, printing and watermarking, are all clearly visible in this beautiful banknote. In fact, this exact design was used until 1956 - a further 93 years and the fact that it has survived in this condition - almost as if it had been printed yesterday - is miraculous.”
Another important Bank of England note in the sale is a £1 ‘Gold Note’ dating from 1914, signed by John G. Nairne. With the serial number A/1 000000, this is an exceptional uncirculated example of this rare proof type - one of around only 15 to survive today - and carries an estimate of £6,000-7,000 [lot 168].
The sale of 1060 banknotes includes examples from all over the world. One of the finest known examples of a Qatar & Dubai 100 Riyal - almost uncirculated and a classic rarity in this kind of condition is estimated at £9,000-12,000 [lot 977], while from the Government of Iraq, an impressive 100 Dinars note from 1936, with a magnificent portrait of King Ghazi is expected to fetch £10,000-15,000 [lot 817].
Elsewhere, from the Imperial Bank of Persia, is a wonderful and very fine example of a popular and rare denomination - the 3 Toman note dating from 2 July 1914, which is estimated at £4,000-£5,000 [lot 978]. A rare and interesting fully issued 50 Dalere from the Danish West Indies, with six signatures, dated 1849 is expected to fetch £3,200-3,800 [lot 728]; while a large and impressive 10 Rupees issued by the East African Currency Board in 1916, in lovely original condition is estimated at £3,400-4,000 [lot 731].
A huge range of Portuguese and Portuguese colonial notes from all eight colonies, including some significant rarities will also be offered. From the Banco Nacional Ultramarino, Portuguese India, is a cancelled 10 Rupias, dating from 1 January 1906, with two large cancellation holes and blue bank handstamp on reverse (est: £2,000-2,600) [lot 964].
Among the British regional banknotes is an unissued £1 note from the Petersfield Bank. The note bears the names of bankers Austen, Blunt & Clement - the Austen in question being Henry Thomas Austen, the brother of author Jane Austen. It is estimated at £300-£400 [lot 106].
Due to the current COVID 19 situation, this auction will be online only and there will be no room bidding available. Customers are able to bid live online (DNW make no additional charge for this service) or leave commission bids prior to the auction. Lots may be viewed prior to the sale by appointment only.
FORTHCOMING SALES AT DNW
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 – INDIAN COINS AND HISTORICAL MEDALS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 – BRITISH, IRISH AND WORLD BANKNOTES
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 – COINS AND HISTORICAL MEDALS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – THE COLLECTION OF BRITISH TOKENS FORMED BY JOHN ROSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – JEWELLERY, WATCHES, ANTIQUTIES & OBJECTS OF VERTU
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – COINS, TOKENS AND HISTORICAL MEDALS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Dix Noonan Webb – a brief history
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000. Two years later it opened a coin department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens and in 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar. In 2018, it set up a standalone banknotes department and expanded into premises next door. In the same year, DNW achieved a total hammer price of £11,676,580 and the total number of lots across all departments was 20,273. To date the company has sold in excess of 300,000 lots totalling £155 million.
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