One-off railwayana sale set to cash in and hit the high notes

By Geoff Courtney

Unique, rare opportunity, and scarce, are words that are a regular part of an auctioneer’s lexicon, and Chris France, of internet auction house, will have every justification to use them at his next sale at the end of November.

Bridging the gap: K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 on Glenfinnan viaduct with a Fort William to Mallaig ‘Jacobite’ train in June 2012. An image of the iconic structure being crossed by ‘Black Five’ No. 45407 is a dominant feature of the new Scottish polymer £10 banknote. BRIAN SHARPE
Cheque mate: K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 sits at Glenfinnan platform as Bank of Scotland’s Graeme Donald (left) and Richard Hill hold a super-sized copy of the limited edition Scottish £10 note featuring Glenfinnan viaduct and a Glenfinnan totem sign. BANK OF SCOTLAND

For instead of the more usual nameplates, cabside numberplates, totem station signs, and other hardware, Chris will be putting under the online hammer a selection of banknotes that have a unique association with the world of railways.

They are part of the Bank of Scotland’s launch of polymer £10 notes, with Chris’s auction raising funds for Mental Health UK, the bank’s current charity partner.

All the new notes will feature preserved ‘Black Five’ No. 45407 crossing Glenfinnan viaduct on the Fort William to Mallaig line, but just 36 have been printed by De La Rue with special, additional railway themed features, and it is these that are being auctioned by

Totem signs

Half of those 36 will have different serial numbers, matching the BR numbers of the 18 ‘Black Fives’ in preservation, each with a BR prefix, while the other 18 will have as their serial numbers the LMS numbers of the preserved members of the class, with a LMS prefix.

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