Auction: 19038 - The Lou Manzi Collection of English Banknotes - Part II
Bank of England, Frank May (1873-1893), £5, Portsmouth, 24 October 1882, serial number 39/M 72324, black and white, ornate crowned vignette of Britannia top left, 'I promise to pay to Bearer on demand the sum of Five Pounds' in text at centre, value in black tablet low left, printed serial number, date and signature,
(EPM B206a, Pick 286b), in PMG holder 30 Very Fine. There are eight branches listed as standard for this note; there are additional smaller branches - such as Swansea or Exeter - that are impossible to find, and Portsmouth which is enormously rare. This branch of the highest desirability and almost centainly the only example of this type extant today in private hands. An exceptional note
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Sale 19038 Notices
Heading changed to: A Portsmouth May £5.