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    Monday, November 15th, 2021
    Central Bank of Ireland, £20, 6 August 1943, serial number 01X 066040, War Code A, Brennan and McElligott signatures. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4,200

    This fine and very rare £20 Lady Lavery note from the Central Bank of Ireland with a War Code from 1943 comes up at Dix Noonan Webb in London on November 25 with an estimate of £4,000-£5,000. It is a highlight from the collection of the late Gus Mac Amhlaigh of Dublin.  Most of his collection is Irish and will be auctioned in several parts over the next year. It also contains groups from Scotland and the Isle of Man.  Lots 196 to 334 in the November sale are from his collection. Gus Mac Amhlaigh began collecting banknotes in the early 1970’s. A civil servant he moved from the Department of the Environment to the Custom House Docks Development Authority. He was a key figure in formulating the first masterplan for the Dublin Docklands, primarily focused the International Financial Services Centre. He was responsible for the largest ever regeneration scheme in the history of the State. More than 21,000 people are now employed in the docklands and a further 22,000 people live in the area. He left the Docklands Authority in 1999 and became ceo of the Irish Pension Unit Trust, one of the largest property funds in the country. He worked there until his retirement in 2007 and then joined the board of directors of the commercial estate agents, Bannon Commercial.


    Saturday, March 7th, 2020

    The words “Charity” and “Bank” are hardly synonymous but the first sale devoted entirely to Irish banknotes by UK specialist auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb in London on March 12 will include 120 lots from the archive of AIB (formerly the First Trust Bank) to be sold in aid of charity.  There are around 200 other lots from various other sources. The archive includes proofs, specimens and high grade issued notes from the Provincial Bank, AIB and First Trust Bank. Among the most prized lots are four uncut sheets of 35 First Trust Bank £10 proofs from the 1994-96 issue estimated at £2,000-2,600 and three uncut sheets of 24 First Trust £100 dating from March 1, 1996 (£1,500-2,000). 

    Adrian Moynihan, Head of AIB (NI) said: “With a long and proud history of supporting the Northern Ireland community, AIB is delighted to bring forward for auction its banknote archive in the hope and anticipation that it will raise significant money for two local charities.” Proceeds will be split between Age Northern Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Prime lots from other sources include a rare and attractive high denomination Bank of Ireland £20, dating from November 1915, which is expected to make £3,000-£3,600.  The auction will be preceded on March 11 by A sale of Irish Coins and Medals at Dix Noonan Webb which includes an extremely rare Free State (1921-1937) Proof Florin from 1934.

    Provincial Bank of Ireland £5 note proofs. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £900


    Monday, September 9th, 2019

    A colour trial specimen 1978 £50 Bank of ireland note comes up at the British and Irish banknotes sale at Dix Noonan Webb next Thursday in London.  It is estimated at £4,000-5,000.  The Irish section includes three Ploughman notes and two £10 notes from the National Bank and the Ulster Bank.  Dix Noonan Webb are planning a special Irish sale for next March in conjunction with the coin department.

    UPDATE: THIS sold for £11,780 including buyers premium.


    Friday, April 10th, 2015

    More than 100 Irish banknotes from the early 19th  century to modern times will be among the highlights of the auction of paper money at Dix Noonan Webb in London on April 27.  The international coins, medals and banknotes specialists will include a series of notes reflecting the political upheaval and economic changes that followed the partition of Ireland after the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in 1921.

    An extremely rare £10 note issued by the Royal Bank of Ireland in the Irish Free State on May 6 1929 is expected make £4,000-5,000. The entire print run for the note was just 12,000 and this was the only date on which they were issued. Records suggest that perhaps only about ten of these notes have survived.

    Several scare notes from the ploughman series issues by the Irish Free State between 1929 and 1940.  They include a Royal Bank of Ireland £5 note issued on January 29, 1931 and a National Bank Ltd £5 note dated March 15, 1933, both of which have pre-sale estimates of £1,800 to £2,200.

    “In 1929 there were 15 different types of £1, £5 and £10 notes circulating in the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland,” said a spokesman for Dix Noonan Webb. “With 45 different notes issued in a single year on the island of Ireland, some of which are rare, it is a collectors’ paradise.”

    This extremely rare 1929 Royal Bank of Ireland £10 note could made up to £5,000.

    This extremely rare 1929 Royal Bank of Ireland £10 note could made up to £5,000.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £4,600

    The ploughman series £5 note issued by the Irish Free State in 1933.

    The ploughman series £5 note issued by the Irish Free State in 1933. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD