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MANX MONEY GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

HISTORIC Manx money was sold for thousands of pounds in a record-breaking auction in London.

More than 130 Isle of Man items were among 2,562 lots which went under the hammer at Dix Noonan Webb.

Coins and bank notes sold to more than 300 buyers for 1,520,585 during the two-day sale.

The catalogue for the first day saw 1,106 lots of paper money sell for almost 600,000, of which 556,000 was spent on the collection of notes from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. They were collected by the late Godfrey Burr.

The Manx lots included a 1 note of the Bank of Mona, issued in September 1874 and signed by the bank's notorious cashier, Andrew Gray, who, the day after being fired, attempted to rob the bank of more than of 8,800 in gold in 1878.

It sold for 3,600.

Minutes later that price was matched by a phone bidder for a Parr's Bank 1 note from 1906.

A Manx Bank 1 note issued in March 1907 sold for 2,300, while the comprehensive series of World War Two internment camp money was keenly contested, with a Metropole Camp 1 note raising 3,200 and the companion 10 shillings made 2,000.

The earliest Manx note, a fragile 1 issued by the very short-lived Douglas Bank Company in 1811, which was illustrated by Charles Clay, the first student of Manx numismatics, as long ago as 1869 was a comparative bargain for one collector, selling for 430.

 
 
 

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