Here's the press releases for the Thursday,
October 12, 2023 Noonan's sale of some rare Bank of England notes.
An exceptionally rare Bank of England £5 note that was issued in Leeds is expected to fetch
£12,000-£16,000 when offered in a sale of British and Irish Banknotes at Noonans on Thursday,
October 12, 2023. Dated July 12, 1900, it is signed by Horace G. Bowen who was Chief Cashier
at the Bank of England from 1893 to 1902.
As Andrew Pattison, Head of Banknote Department at Noonans commented:
This is a great
note. Very few Bowen notes are in private hands especially from this exceptionally rare Leeds
branch. The York hand stamp shows part of the journey of the note, issued in Leeds and paid
into a bank at some point in York.
This note was sold by Sir David Kirch as part of his collection a decade ago
when it was sold to the current owner, who is a major collector of notes from all over the
This is not the first Leeds note that Noonans has sold. An extremely rare £500 note dated
1936 was sold for a hammer price of £24,000 in March of this year.
The sale will include several rare Bank of England notes. Also from Leeds is a very rare £5 note
signed by Matthew Marshall who was Chief Cashier of the Bank of England between 1835 and
1864 and is dated 28 July 1862. It is expected to fetch £10,000-£15,000.
Others include an excessively rare £50 note also signed by Matthew Marshall dated 6 October
1845. This high denomination note is estimated at £15,000-20,000. A very early £2 note signed
by Abraham Newland, who was Chief Cashier of the Bank of England between 1782 and 1807
and dated 20 November 1798, carries an estimate of £12,000-16,000.
For more information, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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