Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Sunday, 16 November 2008

The Angela Cobb collection at the Margate Museum


Under the EKMT management of the Margate Museum there were many donations made to the collection. The most valuable in monetary value and provenance were the items donated by the late Angela Cobb. The Cobb family, as most local people will know, was for about two hundred years a powerful local business family that had interests in shipping and commerce, owned a Brewery and their own Bank. There is a large archive in the Margate Museum on the Cobb family available for research.
Amongst the donations from Angela Cobb were banknotes from the Margate Bank of which the Cobb family owned and were passed through the family. The notes were documented in line with Museum practice and placed in secure storage with other items of high value in the Museum collection. One note of special interest was a Bank of Tasmania banknote with a letter attached to it by a brass like rivet. The attached letter was from the printers of the Tasmanian Banknote and was an example for a design change to the Margate banknotes for the Cobb’s to consider. Colin Narbeth a highly respected banknote authority was consulted on the value of the banknotes, and he informed the Museum at the time that at an auction even with the rivet in it, the Tasmanian banknote could fetch something in the region of £5,000. As for the other banknotes I do not know the valuations.

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