The mythical banknote from the British issue of 1945

A specimen of 5,000 francs Marianne type 1945 (1) was detected for sale in the Numizon listings (lot # 434067). It is a note numbered 01K 000000 and slab PMG 64. This copy has the particularity of being overprinted with the oval stamp of the English printer Thomas De La Rue (TDLR). The banknote also includes N ° 19 in the lower margin ...

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24 copies in inventory

The inventory started in 2002 thus identifies a total of 24 specimens presented in detail in the table below. This new copy seems to confirm that the specimens of certain Central Treasury notes (2), numbered in the lower margin by the printer Thomas De La Rue (TDLR), were printed in only 50 copies, because no note with a number greater than "50" has not yet appeared in 20 years of inventory! But all these war notes are always likely to hold surprises.

ReferenceSeriesNumberGradeComments
VF.14.0201K000000UNCPerforated and cancelled proof w/ watermark.
VF.14.0201K000000AU2 punch holes cancellation.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCperforated "SPECIMEN".
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpécimen sans N° perforé "CANCELLED". Works office specimen, G.2036 et N°124 en marge.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCPerforated "SPECIMEN w/o number. Perforated "CANCELLED".
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #4 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #5 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000PMG 61Specimen #10 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #11 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #14 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000PMG 50Specimen #16 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000PMG 61 NETSpecimen #17 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #18 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000PMG 64Spécimen N°19 avec tampon de l'imprimeur anglais TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #28 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #31 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #34 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #42 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #43 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #44 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000UNCSpecimen #45 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000aUNCSpecimen #46 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000aUNCSpecimen #47 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.
VF.14.0201K000000aUNCSpecimen #49 with stamp of the English printer TDLR.


What price ?

To enlighten you on the estimate of the banknote currently on sale, here are some sales results presented here in chronological order (2000 to 2020). The provision of the archives of the printing house Thomas De La Rue undoubtedly enabled the English auction house Spink to offer no less than 13 copies for sale of the specimen of the 5,000 francs Marianne type 1945:

  • Specimen #28 sold for £ 1,610 at Christie's in October 2000, Sale # 1259 (lot # 315).
  • Specimen #18 sold for £ 2,300 (€ 3,312 w/ fees) at Spink in March 2009, Auction # 9010 (lot # 473).
  • Specimen #49 sold for £ 3,800 (€ 7,000 w/ fees) at Spink in December 2009, Auction # 9038 (lot # 361).
  • Specimen #14 sold for £ 3,600 (€ 6,593 w/ fees) at Spink in April 2010, Auction # 1023 (lot # 537).
  • Specimen #44 sold for £ 2,200 (€ 3,183 w/ fees) at Spink in April 2013, Auction # 13004 (lot # 475).
  • Specimen #42 sold for £ 7,000 (€ 10,230 w/ fees) at Spink in September 2014, Auction # 14013 (lot # 606).
  • Specimen #45 sold for £ 2,700 at Spink in December 2015, Auction # 15048 (lot # 122).
  • Specimen #16 sold for £ 2,400 at Spink in April 2019, World Banknotes e-Auction (lot # 1606).
  • Specimen #10 offered between £ 2,200 and £ 2,800 (result unknown) at Spink in April 2020, Live auction (Lot # 59).

For any collector in search of rare Treasury notes, this essential reference is still absent from a very large number of already well advanced collections, knowing that the issued note is extremely rare with only 6 known copies. The specimen therefore remains a “luxury consolation” while waiting for the Grail!




Notes

(1) Known catalog references for this 5,000 francs Marianne specimen: Pick # 109s, Fayette-Dessal # VF.14.00Ss and Schwan-Boling #134s.
(2) We observed a similarity with the numbers of the specimens of the 500 francs Marianne type 1945 and the 1,000 francs Marianne type 1945.