British Banknotes

British Banknotes

The first British Banknotes ever made date back to the 17th century, to the year 1694 to be more precise. It was during this year that the Bank of England was established to raise money to fund King William III’s war against France. All notes were originally handwritten on Bank paper and they all had to be signed by the Chief Cashier. During the late 17th century the average income was less than £20 a year and, as the Bank of England decided not to print notes worth less than £50, most people would go through life without ever seeing one.      

It was only in 1853 that the first fully printed banknotes appeared in Britain. It was also then that the phrase “I promise to pay the bearer on the demand the sum of...” was first used on a banknote. A phrase that to this day remains unchanged.   

On this page, you’ll find British banknotes from the 19th Century onwards, ordered by categories for your convenience. From Bank of England Notes to Treasury Notes and Provincial Notes, there’s something for every collector.   

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Bank of England Presentation Set C108 G E A Kentfield Sheetlet £5 X 3 Sheet AC01-3 Unc

In 1993 the Bank of England celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the issue of the first £5 note. At the same time, the Bank of England was changing over from printing their notes from a web fed roll to smaller individual sheets. 25 years ago the Bank issued 1500 uncut sheets of 3 of each type of the £5 note. This issue we offer Uncut sheets of the £5 note printed by the Sheet Fed Process. (C108) The sheet fed notes have the first of the new prefix. In fact I have seen the AC01 Prefix sell for £110 on its own. Another dealer is selling this Uncut Sheet of 3 for £200 – our price is just £110. Remember only 1500 sheets were ever issued!
£110.00

Blue Pink £1 Note - First Produced (extremely fine condition)

During World War 2, the Bank of England decided to change the colour of the £1 note. Instead of green, they were printed in blue and pink and for the first time ever included an embedded metal security thread as extra security against counterfeiters.(B249) They bear the signature of K O Peppiatt. Until several years ago it was always believed the first prefixes printed were produced at the St Luke’s Printing Works in London before the bank moved its operations to Overton in Hampshire for the duration of the war. They were given their own catalogue number. The current catalogue no longer makes this distinction. We can however now offer the Blue Pink £1 notes with the prefixes which were the first of each group produced namely A-D, A-E and A-H which used to be referred to as the St Luke’s issues. Available in 4 grades to meet every pocket.
£32.50

Blue Pink £1 Note - First Produced (fine condition)

During World War 2, the Bank of England decided to change the colour of the £1 note. Instead of green, they were printed in blue and pink and for the first time ever included an embedded metal security thread as extra security against counterfeiters.(B249) They bear the signature of K O Peppiatt. Until several years ago it was always believed the first prefixes printed were produced at the St Luke’s Printing Works in London before the bank moved its operations to Overton in Hampshire for the duration of the war. They were given their own catalogue number. The current catalogue no longer makes this distinction. We can however now offer the Blue Pink £1 notes with the prefixes which were the first of each group produced namely A-D, A-E and A-H which used to be referred to as the St Luke’s issues. Available in 4 grades to meet every pocket.
£14.50

Blue Pink £1 Note - First Produced (GEF/uncirculated condition)

During World War 2, the Bank of England decided to change the colour of the £1 note. Instead of green, they were printed in blue and pink and for the first time ever included an embedded metal security thread as extra security against counterfeiters.(B249) They bear the signature of K O Peppiatt. Until several years ago it was always believed the first prefixes printed were produced at the St Luke’s Printing Works in London before the bank moved its operations to Overton in Hampshire for the duration of the war. They were given their own catalogue number. The current catalogue no longer makes this distinction. We can however now offer the Blue Pink £1 notes with the prefixes which were the first of each group produced namely A-D, A-E and A-H which used to be referred to as the St Luke’s issues. Available in 4 grades to meet every pocket.
£45.00

Blue Pink £1 Note - First Produced (very fine condition)

During World War 2, the Bank of England decided to change the colour of the £1 note. Instead of green, they were printed in blue and pink and for the first time ever included an embedded metal security thread as extra security against counterfeiters.(B249) They bear the signature of K O Peppiatt. Until several years ago it was always believed the first prefixes printed were produced at the St Luke’s Printing Works in London before the bank moved its operations to Overton in Hampshire for the duration of the war. They were given their own catalogue number. The current catalogue no longer makes this distinction. We can however now offer the Blue Pink £1 notes with the prefixes which were the first of each group produced namely A-D, A-E and A-H which used to be referred to as the St Luke’s issues. Available in 4 grades to meet every pocket.
£21.50

British Armed Forces Spec Numbers First/Last Matched Numbers (set of 22 notes)

Some 25 years ago we purchased a huge lot of British Military Notes- some 17 million pieces. One of our members made up sets of the first 1000 notes printed of each prefix in the lot. It took him ages to get these sets together. There were a total of 11 notes all with the same serial number , 4 £1 notes of which 3 are different types, 3 decimal 50 pence notes and 4 decimal 10 pence notes. Searching through our store room we found these collections and the matching 11 notes printed from the last 1000 notes printed from the same prefixes e.g 000425 and 999425 These sets of 22 different uncirculated notes originally sold for £300 a set. We are offering these numbered sets of notes with matching serial numbers for just £28.50 –less than 10% of the original asking price. A bargain set of just £28.50.
£28.50