Author: Ian Mckay

Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers and Provincial Notes

I have listed a £1 Bristol Bullion Bank note. The Bankruptcy stamp was effected at the Bush Tavern in Bristol. This innn is mentioned in The Pickwick papers in Chaprer 38. It’s great to have a note linked in some small way with Charles Dickens. Provincial Notes are fascinating, offering a social, as well as… Read more »

Grading of Banknotes – Being Pedantic and Precise

I won notes at recent Banknote AUctions. Most were graded correctly but three Lots were graded poorly. The worst was a AUNC being VF at best. How this slipped through I do not know. I try hard to be precise in my grading so that buyers can be confident that a note is exactly as… Read more »

£1 Catterns B225A Guernsey Overprint – L51 325543 is Coming Soon

A very rare Guernsey Overprint from WW2 is coming soon. Only sixty nine of these are recorded  and known to exist. They are diamonds in coal dust, so this note is one to watch out for as hardly any ever come up for sale. I cannot see any listed with major dealers and sellers. Keep… Read more »

Not Winning any Banknotes at an Auction – Disappointment Passes

At a recent auction I had made around a dozen postal bids for Englsih and Scottish notes. I won nothing. All but two Lots were won by the bid above mine. It was very disappoiting as some of my bids were at the ‘book price’. However, there is always the next auction. Hope springs eternal…. Read more »

Coming Soon: Operation Bernhard, Treasury Notes and Scotland

I have three Operation Bernhard notes coming soon. Two are £50 notes, really decent ones. I have some Treasury notes on the way as well. They look good. Also, I have several Scottish notes lined up as well so keep looking at the new arrivals towards the end of the week. Good notes.

Coming Soon: T33 Warren Fisher UNC Banknote

I have bought an uncirculated T33 Last Series banknote. it should arrive shortly to be listed later this week. It is rare ineed to find a Treasury note in this grade. I see a similar note listed at £800 by one of the main UK dealers. My note will be priced some way shy of… Read more »

Lowther Notes and the B397 ‘Holy Grail’

I have added a number of Lowther notes recently. The stand out note is the B397 Experimental note in UNC grade. This is a rare one, espcially in this grade. This is a ‘Holy Grail’ banknote, and is offered at a very keen price.

The White English Banknotes

The collector of English notes will always seek to have a varied collection of notes and I think there is no doubt the addition of white notes to any collection is a sure sign of the strength in a collection. I have added a few more white notes, including Branch ones, so have a peek… Read more »

Invasion of the Treasury Note Snatchers

The Auction today amazed me. I had my eye on a number of Treasury notes but they sold above book price and some notes that were, pressed, washed, trimmed, soldl at big prices. Who is paying the money for these notes?? Is it an alien force invading and ‘swallowing up’ all Treasury notes or someone… Read more »

Provincial Banknotes – English Banking History

Banknote collectors may focus on the more modern notes, from Bradbury onwards but all of us need to give a nod to the past. Englsih Banking history was so vibrant during the late 18th and 19th Centuries. So many banks sprang up, developed, died, were aborbed into larger banks and the banknotes produced have become… Read more »