The Brian Ascroft Collection of British Banknotes and the Alasdair Macdonald Collection of Scottish Banknotes and other properties will be offered at auction Oct. 3 by Spink at the firm’s offices in London.
Ascroft has been a collector of many collectibles since a youth, including foreign coins his father would give him from his job as a cab driver. Ascroft states that about 35 years, while at a dealer buying a coin, he saw two £5 notes for sale bearing consecutive serial numbers but different cashiers’ signature. He bought the two notes and has collected British notes ever since.
MacDonald became a banker’s apprentice in 1952 at a branch of the Bank of Scotland in Troon, Ayshier. One of his tasks as an apprentice was to assemble bundles of notes; one day, he encountered what was to him an unusual note — “an old Treasury note” that routine practice would have required the bank to send to London “for Collection.” Instead, MacDonald purchased the note, beginning a lifelong hobby. That first note in his collection is among the lots offered in the auction, according to MacDonald.
Undated (1902 to 1913) £1 note payable in gold issued by the Bank of England and signed by J.G. Nairne as chief cashier, Lot 2, Uncirculated.
Sept. 30, 1936, £500 note on the Liverpool Branch of the Bank of England, signed by K.O. Peppiatt as chief cashier, Lot 27, marginal Good Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
1925 to 1929 £1 Bank of England note signed by C.P. Mahon as chief cashier, Lot 46, Unc.
1941 £1 Bank of England note with vintage World War II purple overprint stating “withdrawn from circulation September 18th 1941,” Lot 67 , EF.
Undated (195-) £5 Bank of England note signed by L.K. O’Brien as chief cashier, Lot 120, EF.
1991 to 1998 £10 Bank of England specimen note with serial number 1, signed by G.E.A. Kentfield as chief cashier, Lot 268, Unc.
1915 10-shilling Treasury note with Arabic overprint translating to “piastres silver sixty,” signed by John Bradbury as chief cashier, Lot 360, Good Fine.
June 24, 1723, £12 Scots note issued by the Bank of Scotland, Lot 503, VF, with “mounting paper at left, small hole in center, a taped tear at lower center and a 10mm tear along one crease.”
Nov. 15, 1962, £100 Bank of Scotland note, Lot 536, Good Very Fine, ink numerals in top margin.
Aug. 5, 1914, £5 note issued by the Clydesdale Bank Ltd., Lot 625, Good Fine.
Jan. 2, 1918, £5 note issued by the Commercial Bank of Scotland Ltd., Lot 673, Crisp Good VF.
May 15, 1923, £1 note issued by the National Bank of Scotland Ltd., Lot 704, Very Good.
Feb. 20, 1922, £1 note issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lot 739, Good Fine. ■