One note says it all as regards to the significance of Manzi’s holdings: Bank of England (BoE) £1 dated 2 March 1797. Signed by Abraham Newland it carries serial number 2 (P-170; EPM B200a).
While pound note number 1 is believed to be still at large, both numbers 3 & 4 are in private collections. As such the impending sale of number 2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a banknote of immense rarity and historical significance.
For many collectors the grade of such a significant piece is irrelevant but it nonetheless comes in a remarkable PMG-20 Very Fine. It carries an estimate of £50,000-60,000 commensurate with BoE pound number 4 realizing $42,256 in Spink’s October 2012 sale.
The note comes accompanied by a letter on Bank of England notepaper dated 1894 from Chief Cashier Horace Bowen assuring a gentleman that “Note No. 2 is undoubtedly genuine.”
Other extreme BoE rarities in the sale include a Thomas Rippon £50 drawn on Manchester and dated 5 May 1832 (P-215; EPM B202a). All Rippon notes are rare with only a few examples of the £50 believed extant most of which come from one find. Graded PMG 25 Very Fine this lot carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.
And for those who believe no BoE collection is complete without at least one £1000 there is a Basil Catterns £1000 drawn on London dated 15 November 1933 (P-334; EPM B234). Very few examples of the £1000 remain extant and in PMG 35 Choice Very Fine / Pinholes, this one will go to the block with a £20,000-25,000 estimate.
For those collecting World War I issues, there are numerous Treasury rarities. Typical is a printers’ archival composite essay mounted on board for a proposed issue John Bradbury £1 c. 1914. It comes complete with Britannia and George V (EPM TE4a). This is the EPM plate note, probably the work of Bertram Mackennal. The estimate is £4,000-6,000.
If that doesn’t light your fire how about an extremely rare Norman Warren-Fisher undated fractional 5 shillings of 1919 (P-355; EPM T27). It comes graded a highly acceptable PMG 35 Choice Very Fine and has a conservative estimate of £6,000-7,000.
The above details should be checked in the sales catalog available online at www.spink.com. The GBP estimates shown above can be converted to approximate USD values by multiplying by 1.2.
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