Category: Banknotes

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 »

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 »

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 »