The Bank of England issued the £10 note with Charles Darwin on the back in November 2000 while Merlyn
Lowther was Chief Cashier. The first notes which rolled off the presses had an error in the Copyright panel
with an extra ‘The’ appearing in the inscription. So many millions were printed before the bank realised its mistake
and corrected the error that this is now regarded as a separate variety.
We can offer Crisp Uncirculated versions of the Corrected Lowther Darwin £10. (B390) They are distinguished
from the previous issue by the removal of the extra word ‘The’ in the copyright legend. These paper £10
notes, disappeared from circulation are now over 17 years old and increasingly difficult to find in high grade.
Crisp Uncirculated Lowther Corrected £10 note.
The Bank of England unveiled a new £5 note in May 2002. The prison reformer Elizabeth Fry
appeared on the back (B393). The issue had to be suspended within days of being issued because
the public were reporting that the serial numbers were falling off! After sorting out the varnish coating
intended to extend the life of the note ,the issue was resumed in August 2002.
The first notes all had the prefix HA01 and we are delighted to offer these in crisp, uncirculated condition.