Bank notes

Along with coins, bank notes are a major part of the numismatics market. Buyers will often focus on a particular period of history or a region of the world but people also collect paper money by focusing on grade, errors in printing or serial numbers.

This area of the market has been popular globally since the 1950s. Condition is key – banknotes are internationally graded and those in perfect condition, without any damage and that usually haven't been circulated, are rated as uncirculated (UNC), the highest classification available.


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Coins & medals: Inflationary trends as market hits new high

14 February 2022

Price increases and a good supply fired the London coins and medals market to record levels in 2021

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The £1000 note sold for £32,000

14 February 2022

This Bank of England £1000 note dated October 15, 1935, was issued under chief cashier Kenneth Oswald Peppiatt (1934-49).

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A costly Ploughman

14 February 2022

The first tranche from a large collection of Irish banknotes assembled by the late Gus Mac Amhlaigh of Dublin sold by DNW on November 25 included red and orange Bank of Ireland £20 ‘specimen’ notes from the famous Ploughman series.

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Trinidad & Tobago in colour

14 February 2022

The Trinidad & Tobago $1000 note, c.1914, is itself a rare beast but this example is a colour proof printed on two sheets by Thomas De La Rue.

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Coins & medals latest sales figures

14 February 2022

The sales figures and market share of the top London auction houses in 2021

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Irish ploughman notes picked up by collectors

03 January 2022

On November 25 Dix Noonan Webb sold the first tranche of banknotes from the enormous collection of the late Gus Mac Amhlaigh of Dublin.

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Chippendale-Garrick invoice sold to society

08 November 2021

A previously unknown bill for furnishings supplied by Thomas Chippendale (1718-79) has been bought at auction on behalf of The Chippendale Society (TCS).

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

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Bidders shell out for sign and a noted beauty

19 October 2020

Entered by different vendors to raise money for charities, and accordingly given token estimates, petrol signs and Irish banknotes took the top prices at Clarks Auctions Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Liskeard.

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Specimen banknotes set house record at auction in Tring

17 September 2018

A book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) by selling for £205,000.

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Rare specimen banknotes book sets auction record at Hertfordshire saleroom

10 September 2018

A book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) by selling for £205,000.

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DNW recruits form banknote department

28 May 2018

London auction house Dix Noonan Webb is launching a stand-alone banknotes department and expanding into the next-door premises.

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London numismatic highlights of 2017 - from a 1839 Una and the Lion five pound coin to the Smart collection of banknotes

12 February 2018

A coin that a set a record for a British five pound piece features among the hammer highlights for coins and banknotes sold across the year at auction.

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World Paper Money Fair highlights ever-changing history of currency

25 September 2017

Earlier this month the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen hit many of the country’s cash dispensers.

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London coin dealer expands with series of appointments including ex-Spink specialist

27 April 2017

Coin dealership Coincraft has welcomed four new members of staff and launched a new website.

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First European paper money up at auction in Spink in New York

13 December 2016

Plastic money has been a bone of contention recently thanks to the strange revelation that the new UK £5 notes include animal fat. But one day the polymer notes will surely be as normal and accepted as the existing paper examples, assuming physical money has not all but disappeared anyway by then.

Scottish fiver

New and old fivers attract bidders at Spink

20 October 2016

The excitement around the new polymer fivers, which were launched by the Bank of England last month, helped boost interest in new and old £5 notes for philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink.

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Rare Ming Dynasty banknote found lurking inside Chinese sculpture

12 October 2016

Auction specialists in Australia have found a rare Ming Dynasty banknote hidden within a Chinese wooden sculpture. The discovery came at Mossgreen as they were cataloguing the extensive collection of Raphy Star – one of the most important collections of Asian art ever to be offered in the country.

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Lord Lucan’s bounced cheques appear at auction

04 April 2016

The man himself may have disappeared in 1974 but a series of cheques showing Lord Lucan’s spiralling gambling debts have now emerged and will be offered at auction later this month.

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Money wars – the £1000 note targeted by the Nazis

05 September 2014

The highest denomination note issued by the Bank of England, this £1000 banknote is a rare survivor of a limited run that was cut short as the Nazis tried to destabilise the British economy.

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