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Sir David Kirch's rare bank notes to be auctioned tomorrow

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SIR David Kirch is to sell the second part of his collection of rare Jersey bank notes and place the proceeds in his charitable trust.

St Mary's Parochial Bank note belonging to Sir David Kirch's collection (27261658)

Last year the multi-millionaire philanthropist auctioned hundreds of notes from the first half of his collection and raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Sir David Kirch Charitable Trust, which is used to benefit the elderly and vulnerable.

Tomorrow over 100 more – including unique notes printed by long-forgotten banking companies from as far back as the 1800s, as well as notes issued during the Occupation – will go under the hammer at at Dix Noonon Webb auctioneers in London.

Jersey Gas Light Company note belonging to Sir David Kirch's collection (27261650)

The total estimated value is between £25,000 and £33,000.

The lot with the highest estimate – £1,500 to £2,000 – is an extremely rare £1 note from St Mary’s Parochial Bank, dated 1901.

Another note which is expected to receive strong interest from collectors is from the Jersey Gas Light Company. It is one of only a handful in existence, and it is not known whether they were ever put into circulation.

German note printed during the Occupation. It belongs to Sir David Kirch's collection (27261645)

Andrew Pattison, head of the banknotes department at DNW, said: ‘Some of these notes are unique. They date back to the 1800s and 1900s and in some cases only a handful were ever printed.

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‘Some of the later ones – the notes printed by the Germans during the Occupation of Jersey – are also very interesting indeed.

‘They are very sought after and we have had a lot of interest already. There are Channel Islands collectors who will be very interested in these, but we also generally get interest from Europe and the Far East.’

In 2012 Sir David began selling off his main collection of Bank of England and British provincial notes, which he started collecting when he moved to Jersey in 1973. It was believed to be the biggest set of its kind in the world and the sale generated millions of pounds for the trust.

Richard Heath

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