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 in pale pink and a
thing of the past as the Bank of England no longer
prints its own notes. In uncirculated condition.
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
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.
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 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.
You now have it within your power to make someone an instant millionaire! The Million Pound
Note featured in the 1954 Gregory Peck film of the same name. He had the use of a Million Pound
Note for 1 month and as no-one could change it, people were more than willing to extend him credit.
These Million Pound notes are a limited edition taken from the original props used for the film. They
measure approximately 8” x 5” and comes in a special window envelope with a story card included.
£10.95 each or 3 for £21.00.