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                           Odd Banknote Stories  


The green and blue wartime Peppiatt pounds (B239 & B248) were used as propaganda leaflets

dropped over North Africa in 1942. There are four variations, each has on the reverse Arabic text

stating the pound is worthless and defeat is imminent.


         Air dropped over North Africa in 1942


Translation (below) of Arabic writing on reverse side of propaganda money dropped by the Germans over Egypt October 1942. There are four versions.

                                                                                              Marks of Defeat:

If you look at this money you will remember when you could get ten times its weight in gold. That was because the paper was guaranteed by the Bank of England with its great resources of strength and riches, but England’s greatness is gone with her possessions. It is waste paper now. What is its value? Certainly you know the cause of this. Each day that passes, a war which Britain declared, has tired the Imperial Forces, and every battle lost by England has been the cause of belittlement of British finance. The day is quickly approaching when each beggar in the street will refuse to accept a British pound note although you give it away.

God our father has wished defeat of England, and it will be so.

Advertising / Promotional Notes

Printers such as Bradbury Wilkinson, De la Rue, Harrisons, Waterlow & Sons and Giori, produce
promotional notes to promote the latest printing advances to their clients. Many were bound into

banking almanacs, some used as promotional items, calenders etc.


          Harrisons c.2000


          Bradbury Wilkinson c.1995


          De la Rue Giori c.2006


         De la Rue c.1950


             Waterlow & Sons c.1960    


          Waterlow & Sons c.1950


ATMs and cash handling machines that accept banknotes need to be tested, so special
notes that mimic real ones are printed to test the machines.


          Test note for £5 note


         Test note for £1 note

Bank Staff Training

During training bank staff are given piles of notes to count. These specially prepared notes are
of many different thicknesses of paper to mimic real life and test the trainees.

Credit Cards / Cash Machines

The first Barclaycard was issued in 1966

The first cash machine was in Ealing, installed in 1967. Reg Varney was the first customer withdrawing £10 



         BOGGS  the artist  hand drawn note used to pay for a meal in a Hotel bar 



        Trade Cards found with various adverts on the reverse



         Colour Standards to show the printers how a colour looks in all degrees of shade.

Found in large bound volumes each colour shade named and numbered



         Scarce Million serial. Hand prepared, look how close the last '0' is to its neighbour

                                               See feature on  'million serial numbers'


        Prop note used in a theatre production



        When the Shah of Iran was deposed his portrait was overprinted  


If you tilt your head to the right you will see a VAMPIRE sucking the blood from the mans neck

The Germans thought war reparations imposed after the First World War were sucking

the life's blood from their country and should be stopped




                                 Look at the hair on the right can you see a face




After the Revolution Castro gathered all his loyal followers in the ballroom of the palace. Che

Guevara an uneducated man came in late and stood at the back. Castro was delegating
Ministerial posts and asked "is anybody an Economist."  Che put  his hand up and was given the
job of Finance Minister.  Castro asked him afterwards why he had put his hand up to which he replied,
you asked is anybody a Communist
Its just a joke!


                                                 £ = ?     Answer    'L'  for Libra, Roman word for Pound 


 Isle of Man stamps depicting banknotes






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