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
During the Second World War, the local authority in Meulebecke in Belgium issued ration coupons.
They were issued in June 1940 and printed simply locally.
This set comprises 5 values from the 1 frank to 10 franks. They are in Uncirculated condition,
unissued awaiting the rubber stamp of the Burgermeister.
These sets are rare. The first realised 300 Euros in a Belgian auction but due to our determined
haggling with the dealer who owned them, we can offer them for much less! Scarce World War Two
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.
It has long been the practice of Security Printers to use the banknote format to advertise their skills.
This Promotional note, printed by Security Printers De La Rue Giori, features a portrait of Leonardo
da Vinci on the front. Other illustrations include Leonardo’s diagram for a helicopter, a pair of dividers
and the head of a Madonna on the back. Also featured are examples of a holographic silver seal.
An impressive Promotional Note in Crisp Uncirculated condition.
A wonderful Test note issued by De la Rue Giori and depicting Johannes Gutenberg, the 15th century inventor of the printing press with moveable type. This invention is regarded as one of the most significant ever, ushering in, as it did, an era of mass communication. This Uniface Test note has a portrait of Gutenberg to the left and a hologram to the right. Crisp Uncirculated at £8.50.