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London Coins Auction 165
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED
London Coins Paper Money Sale
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED
London Coins Auction 166
31st August - 1st September 2019

June Auction Preview

Our dedicated banknote sale will take place on Monday 3rd June at our usual Bracknell Grange Hotel venue.


London Coins achieves record breaking prices for paper money. In our last auction an Iraq ¼ Dinar which dealers believed would realise £1250 - £2000 was bid up by overseas collectors to £9,500, our organ pipe hoard of white five pounds saw some London Catterns 1930 five pounds bid up to £800 each. These and many more exceptional results have occurred in our quarterly Bracknell auctions where paper money has it’s own dedicated section in our two day sales. As part of our ongoing commitment to our paper money vendors we like, when the opportunity arises, to issue a dedicated paper money catalogue with a bigger than usual offering and additional promotional activity at shows and on line. We will doing this as part of our June Bracknell sale.

The strategy behind this takes the long term view. The issue of a dedicated paper money catalogue is designed to remind newcomers to the world of banknotes that we have been offering paper money lots for 25 years (we ran our first auction in March 1994) and intend to keep paper money as an important and integral part of our Bracknell events. We have new dedicated in house staff and intend to attend dedicated paper money shows when appropriate.


Paper Money

Fifty Pounds Gill B356 issued 1988 scarce first run series C01 886182, Sir Christopher Wren on reverse, (Pick381b), about Uncirculated to Uncirculated (Ex LCA 162 realised £380)
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Burma Specimen Set ND 1948/1949 Independence from the British transition to Republic (4) comprising 1 Rupee looks like Pick 34 unlisted series 1E 000000 Peacock at right obverse & Sailing boat reverse. 5 Rupees similar design to Pick 35 unlisted series 1A 000000 Chinze at right obverse & Woman spinning wheel reverse. 10 Rupees looks like Pick 36 unlisted series 1A 000000 Peacock at right obverse & Man riding elephant lifitng log reverse. 100 Rupees looks like Pick 37 unlisted series 1C 000000 Rangoon dated 1st January 1948 Peacock at centre Chinze at right obverse & Farmer and oxen on reverse. All UNC and single faint stain on each note these however not extending into design. Extremely Rare. When Burma gained independence from the British, it became a republic and the heading on the note was changed to GOVERNMENT OF THE UNION OF BURMA. As the Burma Currency Board notes increased in number, it was decided to demonetize all those India notes marked "Legal Tender in Burma Only" from 1st July 1948. This set has been given to Mr.Sidney Wellington, Office of the High Commisioner for the United Kingdom who had been working with the UK & Burma Currency Board at the time and the set had stayed in possesion of the family ever since. Comes with the contemporary brown envelope abbreviated at top left O.H.M.S (On His Majesty's Service) and the Royal Cypher G.R. of King George VI at bottom left. Part of a diplomat's group of Burma coins and notes which was accompanied by the original Burma Currency Board Secretary's compliment slip and note to the original recipient Mr.Sidney Wellington, Office of the High Commisioner for the United Kingdom with this original documentation accompanying the Burma Proof Coin set listed in the coin section
£1,200 - £2,000
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Burma Specimen Set ND 1953 Union Bank of Burma Act 1952 (4) comprising 1 Rupee looks like Pick 38 unlisted series 5J 000000 Peacock at right obverse & Sailing boat reverse. 5 Rupees looks like Pick 39 unlisted series IM 000000 Chinze at right obverse & Woman spinning wheel reverse. 10 Rupees looks like Pick 40 unlisted series 1X 000000 Peacock at right obverse & Man riding elephant lifitng log reverse. 100 Rupees looks like Pick 41 unlisted series 5J 000000 Peacock at centre Chinze at right obverse & Farmer and oxen on reverse. All UNC and single tiny faint stain on each note these however not extending into design. Extremely Rare. With the passage of the Union Bank of Burma Act 1952, the sole right of currency issued was transferred from the Burma Currency Board to a newly created Currency Department of the Union Bank of Burma with effect from 1st July 1952. The Burma Currency Board was abolished and its asset and liabilities were transferred to the Union Bank of Burma. Another important change in the new currency is the conversion to a decimal system. When the Union Bank of Burma took over the central bank’s responsibilities, a token issue of the bank notes was made on 1st July 1952. The new bank notes had the rupee denominations (1,5,10,100 rupees) that was later connected to kyat. It included peacock water mark. This set has been given to Mr.Sidney Wellington, Office of the High Commisioner for the United Kingdom who had been working with the UK & Burma Currency Board at the time and the set had stayed in possesion of the family ever since. Comes with the contemporary brown envelope abbreviated at top left O.H.M.S (On His Majesty's Service) and the Royal Cypher G.R. of King George VI at bottom left along with a Burma Currency Board seal proof card. Part of a diplomat's group of Burma coins and notes which was accompanied by the original Burma Currency Board Secretary's compliment slip and note to the original recipient Mr.Sidney Wellington, Office of the High Commisioner for the United Kingdom with this original documentation accompanying the Burma Proof Coin listed in the coin section

£1,200 - £2,000
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Cyprus 250 Mils first date of issue 1st December 1961, first series VERY LOW number A/1 000017, Democratic Republic issue, (Pick37a), scarce early date, in PMG holder graded 65EPQ Gem Uncirculated, Exceptional Paper Quality, A1-A6 are the only prefixes issued for the 250 mils 1961 issue. The 1961 is the first and only republic of Cyprus issue after the QE2 banknote era ends due to Cyprus becoming independent. Serial numbers 1 - 10 are held by the treasury, so this one of the lowest numbers available.
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Five Pounds Catterns White note, B228a dated 22nd June 1932 series 497U 02432 BIRMINGHAM branch issue with faint rust spots and tiny pinholes on medallion otherwise UNC and very rare especially in this grade
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Five Pounds Catterns White note, B228e an early date 25th February 1930 series 438U 26129 LIVERPOOL branch issue with very small and faint stains otherwise UNC and extremley rare
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Five Pounds Mahon White note B215 dated 10th July 1928 series 187H 64564 LONDON branch issue UNC
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Five Pounds Nairne B208bf issued 8th April 1915, scarce MANCHESTER branch note, series 73/T 15415, lightly cleaned and pressed, EF looks about Uncirculated, scarce in this condition (Ex LCA 162 realised £1500)
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Five Pounds Nairne White note, B208b dated 19th August 1915 series 49D 38360 LONDON branch issue about UNC and scarce
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Five Pounds Peppiatt White note, B241g dated 6th April 1937 series T288 36344 NEWCASTLE ON TYNE branch issue with faint rust mark otherwise about UNC - UNC and extremely rare especially in this grade
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Five Pounds Peppiatt white note B264 dated 12th June 1947, series M42 075880, London issue, (Pick343), AU - Uncirculated
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Five pounds Hollom B298 issued 1963, series M11 644616 replacement, AU-UNC scarce thus
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Oman Currency Board Specimen Set ND (1973) "Rial Omani" Issues (6) comprising 100 Baiza Pick 7s, 1/4 Rial Omani Pick 8s, 1/2 Rial Omani Pick 9s, 1 Rial Omani Pick 10s, 5 Rials Omani Pick 11s, 10 Rials Omani Pick 12s. Comes with a letter of provenance from The Bank of Iran and The Middle East Tehran dated 1st February 1973. All series 000000, punch hole SPECIMEN and with red overprint SPECIMEN in English on reverse and Arabic on obverse. All about UNC - UNC with staple holes and Rare
£500 - £700
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One Hundred Pounds Nairne White note, B208ff dated 28th May 1914 series 7Y 16390 MANCHESTER branch issue with faint ink number and washed otherwise about UNC or near so and extremely rare
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One Hundred Pounds Peppiatt White note, B245 dated 17th February 1938 series 58O 20522 LONDON branch issue GVF with faint stains otherwise very scarce
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One Pound Bradbury Dardanelles overprint T14, J58 63710 Excessively rare. GVF (Ex LCA 144 March 2014 realised £4,750)
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One Pound Bradbury T11.2 Second issue 1914 (2) a consecutive pair series H1/37 68894 & H1/37 68895 both in PMG holders graded Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ, Exceptional Paper Quality. Type 2 serial number prefix with a letter accompanied by a small number "1". Printed by De La Rue on banknote paper manufactured by William Joynson & Co. with watermark of wavy lines incorporating the Royal Cypher
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One Pound Bradbury T16a issued 1918 series B/1 334505, a rare Admiralty Anchor note with small anchor under clock tower on reverse, Good - VG a very collectable example of this rare note which is missing from most collections
£750 - £1,500
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One Pound Bradbury T3.2 issued 1914 series B/16 00225, almost UNC and with part of POSTAGE visible in the watermark desirable thus
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One Pound Bradbury. T16. Large format. W/87 No. 191127. Excessively rare ABOUT UNC (EX LCA 142 August 2013 realised £3200)
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One Pound Fforde QE2 & seated Britannia B306 Replacement issue 1967 only - last run series U01M 712144 UNC and extremely rare
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One Pound Green Mahon B212 issued 1928 extremely low inaugural run series A01 000184 UNC and very scarce
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One Pound Peppiatt Blue Guernsey overprint B249A C60D 888273 Pressed Good VF looks better Rare especially in the better grade, only 122 Peppiatt Blue overprints exist
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One Pound Peppiatt Guernsey overprint B239A E15A 639548 pressed GVF looks better
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One pound Bradbury T3.3 issued 1914, series J/3 099369, pressed VF
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One pound Peppiatt SPECIMEN (B238s) issued 1934 serial Q00 000000, EF or better and scarce
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Scotland 1 Guinea The Royal Bank of Scotland First Lizars Issue dated 4th November 1826 signed James More for the Accountant and Archibald Bonar for the Cashier. Calloway and Murphy RB38. Vignette of Neptune & Britannia upper centre surmounted by crown, Pay Andrew Bogle or the bearer and an elaborate printed reverse. William Home Lizars the printer and engraver who prepared some of Scotland's finest banknote designs, was asked to engrave new £1 and 1 Guinea notes in 1825. There was already a family connection with the bank as his father Daniel Lizars had been a customer since at least 1799 and William himself had been granted a credit of £300 in 1812 'upon an obligation Sir Alex Jardine, Bart (his brother-in-law) and Charles Stewart Printer in Edinburgh being in place of one held by Daniel Lizars, Engraver here.' (his father Daniel had just died). Both the £1 and 1 Guinea notes employ a much more intricate and detailed engraving techniques possible when using harder steel plate. Lizars was at the forefront of these techniques. Both the £1 and the 1 Guinea for the first time for the Royal have printed reverses. These 1 Guinea notes are the last to be issued by the Royal whose minutes indicated that some 550 books at 400 notes per book were issued (= 220,000 notes). Issuance ceased in February 1830 after yet another forgery. The bank's records refer to Steel Plates No. 1 to No. 3, from which it is inferred that the original plate was re-engraved, perhaps in response to forgeries. About Fine with pinholes
£1,000 - £2,000
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Ten Pounds Kentfield QE2 and Charles Dickens B368 issued 1992 Crown at top right, scarce first run REPLACEMENT note M01 802314, (Pick383r), about UNC to UNC
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Ten Pounds Nairne White note, B208c dated 16th April 1915 series 30K 42326 LONDON branch issue UNC and scarce
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Ten Pounds Peppiatt White note, B242e dated 28th September 1936 series 165V 78274 LIVERPOOL branch issue UNC with tiny edge knick however a very rare issue
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Ten Shillings Bradbury T12.1 issued 1915 series G/80 73238, pressed EF but looks about UNC
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Ten Shillings Bradbury T12.3 Five digit serial issue 1915 series B2/37 37923 GEF and a scarcer variety. Type 3 serial number prefix with a letter accompanied by a small number "2". Printed by De La Rue on banknote paper manufactured by William Joynson & Co. with watermark of wavy lines incorporating the Royal Cypher
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Ten Shillings Mahon B210 Red/Brown Britannia medallion issue 1928 low inaugural run series A01 000314 UNC and very scarce
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The Collection of Julio Alvarez
The late Mr Alvarez ran his own draughtsman business in Sao Paulo Brazil. Originally from Spain he had left Franco’s Fascist Republic for a new life a Latin America. He was most active in the 1980s so the majority of this collection has been “sleeping” for over 30 years. Mr Alvarez was networked with the professional coin and paper money traders then active in Sao Paulo such as Dimas Serafim De Souza of R. Barao de Itapetininga Sao Paulo and Arnaldo Russo of Rua Senador Feijo Sao Paulo, and his daughter remembers accompanying him to the dealers he worked with at weekends in Sao Paulo’s collectors and antiques markets and bourses in the 1980s. The collection has over 10,000 notes which we intend to offer in our forthcoming sale.
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The Collection of Julio Alvarez
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The Paul Dickinson Collection
Here are just a few highlights from this fine collection that filled 25 albums.
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Here are just a few highlights from this fine collection that filled 25 albums.
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Twenty Pounds Peppiatt White note, B243 dated 16th December 1939 series 57M 80344 LONDON branch issue GVF with pinholes and faint staining otherwise scarce
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