Rare British banknotes that Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) certified from the world-renowned collection of Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer are being offered in an upcoming Spink auction. Bidding is already underway for the sale, scheduled for April 28, 2021.
The top lot is a Great Britain, Bank of England 1934-43 £1,000 issued in London graded PMG 50 About Uncirculated EPQ (lot 33). The note has an estimate of £30,000 to £32,000 (about $41,300 to $44,100 USD) and bidding had already reached £30,000 weeks before the sale.
White Notes like these were issued for over 200 years until their uniface design of black text on white paper was phased out in the mid-20th century. As a testament to the incredible rarity of the £1,000 denomination, only four examples from three series appear in the PMG Population Report, with this Dauer example being the highest graded.
The sale features another example of a seldom-seen White Note denomination: a 1934-43 £500 issued in Liverpool graded PMG 40 Extremely Fine EPQ (lot 32). It has an estimate of £8,000 to £10,000 (about $11,000 to $13,800 USD). The £500 denomination also has a scant four examples in the PMG Population Report.
These two high-denomination notes are dated 1935 and 1936 and were issued before German counterfeiting operations during World War II forced England to stop releasing any note over £10.
The White Notes were phased out after World War II, but efforts to modernize British paper money were already well underway by 1928 when the Bank of England issued its first colored currency: 10/- Shilling and £1 notes.
The sale includes a pair of these notes, both with Serial Numbers A01 000028: a 10/- Shillings graded PMG 65 Gem Uncirculated EPQ and a £1 graded PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated EPQ. They are being offered together (lot 26), with an estimate of £6,500 to £8,500 (about $8,900 to $11,700 USD).
The lot also includes a letter dated November 21, 1928, from the secretary of the Bank of England to a Treasury official. The letter asks him to accept the 10/- Shilling and £1 notes, which are “early numbers of the new Notes which will be in public issue at the Bank to-morrow morning.”
“We are honored to have graded the Dauer Collection notes in this Spink sale, which include some of the greatest rarities in British paper money,” said Chad Hawk, PMG Grading Finalizer. “With the backing of PMG’s comprehensive guarantee of authenticity and grade, collectors and dealers can feel confident when bidding from anywhere in the world.”
Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer assembled one of the greatest collections of paper money that the world has ever seen, with a focus on banknotes from the US as well as British Commonwealth nations. For instance, a sale in 2018 of more than 110 PMG-certified Australian notes realized over $600,000.
“We are excited to offer these amazing selections from the Dauers’ world-class collection,” said Barnaby Faull, Director of Banknotes for Spink, a global auction house founded in London in 1666. “With PMG’s expert certification, these notes are now ready to maximize their potential.”
Other PMG-certified highlights in this sale include:
- A Great Britain, Bank of England 1829-35 £5 issued in London graded PMG 30 Very Fine (lot 22) with an estimate of £6,000 to £8,000 (about $8,300 to $11,000 USD)
- A Great Britain, Bank of England 1803-07 £1 issued in London graded PMG 20 Very Fine (lot 20) with an estimate of £4,000 to £4,500 (about $5,500 to $6,200 USD)
- A Great Britain 1807-26 £1 graded PMG 20 Very Fine (lot 21) with an estimate of £3,000 to £4,000 (about $4,100 to $5,500 USD)
- A group of three Great Britain ND (1914) £1 Treasury Notes with consecutive serial numbers graded PMG 58 Choice About Uncirculated EPQ to PMG 64 Choice Uncirculated EPQ (lot 1) with an estimate of £3,000 to £3,500 (about $4,100 to $4,800 USD)
- A Great Britain ND (1914) 10/- Shillings Treasury Note graded PMG 55 About Uncirculated EPQ (lot 12) with an estimate of £2,500 to £3,000 (about $3,400 to $4,100 USD)
- A Great Britain ND (1914) £1 Treasury Note graded PMG 64 About Uncirculated EPQ (lot 13) with an estimate of £2,500 to £3,000 (about $3,400 to $4,100 USD)
- A Great Britain, Bank of England 1801-03 £1 issued in London graded PMG 20 Very Fine (lot 19) with an estimate of £2,500 to £3,000 (about $3,400 to $4,100 USD)
All estimates are provided by the auction house.