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Bear Necessities of Banknotes in the Spink Sale

This December 8, Spink will be auctioning off a very special series of banknotes during the World Banknotes sale in London. Spink is honored and delighted to be chosen by Bank of Scotland to auction this very special limited-edition polymer £5 banknote in aid of the Children in Need Foundation. Spink is very excited to be involved with such a worthy cause so close to Christmas!

There are several reasons why this issue is particularly special. First and foremost, the edition has been specially designed for the charity BBC Children in Need. The design itself was chosen from around 4,000 entries during a competition held by the Bank. Out of all of the exceptional submissions, only 50 of designs will be produced, 36 of which will be auctioned by Spink. Of these, 25 notes will ‘bear’ (if you’ll pardon the pun) the serial numbers PUDSEY01 to PUDSEY25. The next five notes in the sequence will be matched with a general-issue polymer £5 (to be released in 2016). There will also be PUDSEY88, and XX888888, where the XX can be chosen by the successful bidder. The remaining four notes will have eight character serial numbers chosen by the successful bidder (subject to the Bank’s approval). This is the first polymer note to be issued by the Bank and this limited-edition was hand produced. Each of the lots will come with a presentation pack including a certificate of authenticity from the Bank.

Bank of Scotland BBC Children in Need commemorative polymer £5 banknote, Courtesy Spink
Lot 637: estimated £1,000 – 1,200 (US$1,510 – $1,812). Courtesy Spink.

However, that’s not all this sale has to offer. Lot 3, a Reserve Bank of Australia group of presentation sets, all with numbers 000134 are also available in this sale. All in all they make up a complete 25th Anniversary Banknote Set, 1991; 30th Anniversary Banknote Set, 1994; and Polymer Presentation Set, 1996–all in their original leather folders and packaging. Each has extremely high production values, and the first is reputed to be amongst the finest presentation sets ever produced anywhere in the world, top condition, exactly as issued.

Reserve Bank of Australia Banknote Presentation Sets, Courtesy Spink
Lot 3: estimated £5,000 – 6,000 (US$7,550 – $9,060). Courtesy Spink.

For more information, please contact Andrew Pattison at +44 (0)20 7563 4044 or [email protected].

About Spink

Spink is the world’s leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, they an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, the company holds over 70 auctions a year. Catalogues can be accessed through their website (www.spink.com) or via the App for iPhone and iPad.

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