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.


Banknotes book

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.

Banknotes

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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Interesting historical documents or receipts for a £306m fortune?

08 July 2014

The big question at David Lay’s auctioneers in Penzance next week: Are these bonds worth a few hundred pounds or up to £3.6m each?

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For sale: Australia’s first federal banknote

07 May 2013

It has a face value of ten shillings but a price tag of Aus$3.5m (£2.3m) at Coinworks, the specialist dealers and auctioneers of Melbourne.

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Further evidence of growing interest in banknotes

29 April 2013

Recent years have seen a massive increase in the offerings and prices realised by banknotes.

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London coins market grows by another 25%

31 March 2012

AFTER 2010 saw the London market grow by a third it would have been a bold commentator to predict a further substantial rise in 2011. Nonetheless, coins and medals auctions in the capital saw totals rise by almost a quarter on the previous year.

June 30 spells end for Elgar £20 note

01 June 2010

FROM 30 June, the £20 banknote carrying the portrait of composer Sir Edward Elgar is to be finally withdrawn from circulation.

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‘Diseased’ Australian banknotes make £350,000

12 October 2009

FROM May 1913, the first distinctive Commonwealth of Australia banknotes were issued. They were controversial in that no portrait of the reigning monarch, George V, was included in the design.

Dealer goes back to court over Royal Mail compensation

12 October 2009

MORE than a year after his county court victory against Royal Mail, coins and banknotes dealer Bruce Goulborn is taking them to court again.

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Siege notes in mint condition sold in Bury St Edmunds

26 January 2009

Today Robert Baden-Powell is best known as the founder of the Boy Scout movement in 1908, but in the Edwardian era his name was synonymous with the Boer War, and specifically the 217 wretched days from October 1899 to May 1900.

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The £1m note makes £68,000

20 October 2008

A Bank of England £1m Treasury note sold at Spink on October 1 for £68,000.

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