The Bank of England like other banks has issued what are known as Test Notes. These Test notes
were intended to demonstrate different printing techniques. The design is of an Elizabethan
woman in a ruff surrounded by decorative swirls containing the word Bank of England. The ones on
offer are cream and a thing of the past as the Bank of England no longer prints its own notes
Brixton, in London has long issued its own currency in an attempt to encourage trade in the borough. These notes which honour local residents and celebrities have been very popular with locals and have denominations up to the £20.
This £10 note honours David Bowie, an extraordinary musician and artist who died in 2016. He grew up in Brixton. If you go there today you will find an impromptu shrine to David Bowie in his iconic incarnation as Ziggy Stardust, the image which is portrayed on this £10 note. Crisp Uncirculated.
Issued by Thomas de la Rue as part of a series of Test
notes celebrating Renewable energy, this 50 units notes
represents wind power. They are coloured blue, green and
multicoloured and have a wind turbine illustrated on one
side and a view of the Isle of Eigg on the other. In 2008,
this small Scottish island became the first community to
launch an off-grid electricity system powered by wind,
water and solar. Uncirculated.
A wonderful Test Note issued By De La Rue Currency. These were not only used to test machines
handling banknotes but were also a way of promoting the work of the printers. The front has a portrait
of Isaac Newton, a medal and a diagram of the planets/The back features a space station and an
outline of the Challenger.
These ‘notes’ were produced to help train bank clerks. There are 13 different in the set which comprises
notes from Australia Macau and Hong Kong. They are printed on paper which cannot be
confused with any original and have Chinese characters confirming their purpose. Uncirculated and
interesting 13 Different training notes.