Rare Ploughman's Note and George Best proofs on sale

Old Irish banknotes are set to cash in at this London auction, writes Des O’Sullivan
Rare Ploughman's Note and George Best proofs on sale

Die proofs for George Best commemorative £5 note at Dix Noonan Webb.

A particularly rare Irish £10 Ploughman’s note is estimated at £22,000-£26,000 (€25k-€28k) at Dix Noonan Webb’s live and online auction in London on Wednesday (February 24). 

A rare Ploughman's Note from the Northern Bank at Dix Noonan Webb.
A rare Ploughman's Note from the Northern Bank at Dix Noonan Webb.

The Northern Bank note dated May 6, 1929 is being offered by a private collector at a sale of British, Irish and World Banknotes which features the only known example of a £50 note from the Belfast Banking Company Ltd. 

This note, dated December 7, 1917, is estimated at £8,000-£10,000.

Die proofs for George Best commemorative £5 note at Dix Noonan Webb.
Die proofs for George Best commemorative £5 note at Dix Noonan Webb.

There will be much interest in the die proofs for Ulster Bank’s George Best commemorative £5 note dated November 25, 2006.

The proofs, part of the design process for the final note, are estimated at £400-£500 (€460-€570). 

The George Best £5 note is the most popular commemorative banknote ever produced in the UK. 

Founded in 1783, the Bank of Ireland was the first national bank in this country and a £1 note from its Westport branch dating from 1838 is estimated at £9,000-£11,000 (€10k-€12.6k). 

Surviving pre-1850 notes are very rare. www.dnw.co.uk

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