These Bank of Scotland £5 notes are dated 2006 (P119e) A portrait of Sir Walter Scott is on the front. Many ask why his portrait has been used on Bank of Scotland notes. It was all to do with his spirited protest against a decision set to do away with the £1 note in Scotland. He wrote a letter under the pseudonym of Malachi Malagrowther and it caused such a sensation the plan was withdrawn. The back has a vignette from the oil drilling industry. Uncirculated.
In 1992 the Bank of England unveiled a completely new series of banknotes. The first in the series was the £5 which featured a larger mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front and a portrait of George Stephenson, railway pioneer on the back (B357) The very first notes from this Historical series all had the prefix A01. We have a small quantity of these important notes in Crisp Uncirculated. Limited availability.
In November 2003 the George Stephenson £5 disappeared from circulation. It had been introduced in 1990 as the first in the new ‘Historical’ series of banknotes. In those 13 years of issues it underwent a few design changes and was issued under three different Chief Cashiers. Here we offer crisp uncirculated examples of the George Stephenson £5 signed by G.M. Gill as Chief Cashiers (B357) The Stephenson £5 was coloured blue with a large mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front. On the back a portrait of George Stephenson alongside an illustration of the famous “Rocket” locomotive.
It was while J B Page was Chief Cashier at the Bank of England in the 1970s that the Pictorial £5 was introduced. The front of the note has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in State Robes alongside a medallion of Britannia and a vignette of Winged Victory. The back has a portrait of the first Duke of Wellington and a vignette from the Peninsular War. There were several varieties of the Page Pictorial £5 and this issue we can offer Uncirculated examples of the second and third varieties which were printed on giant web presses (B334 presented here and 336) The fronts were printed intaglio and the backs offset litho, shown by the addition a small L on the back. If you are missing these varieties- now is the time to add to your collection in Crisp Uncirculated
In 1963, the Bank of England unveiled a new £5 note. It was an historic issue because it was the first time the Bank had issued a £5 note with a portrait of the reigning monarch (B297) With the signature of J Q Hollom, a portrait by Reynolds Stone of the young Queen Elizabeth II appears on the front. She is shown wearing the George VI diadem and her trademark three strand pearl necklace. The figure of a child Britannia is on the back. We offer this historic note in several grades, Fine, Very Fine, Extremely Fine and Uncirculated.
Choice examples of the Portrait £5 issued when J S Fforde was Chief Cashier (B312) The front features a youthful portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and a young seated Britannia on the back Choice GEF. Limited availability.
John Standish Fforde was Chief Cashier at the Bank of England from 1966 until 1970 when he was succeeded by J B Page. During his time, there were two varieties of the Portrait £5. The first continued the prefix sequence first begun under J Q Hollom his predecessor. These have the catalogue reference B312 in English Paper Money. We are delighted to offer this first of the Fforde £5 notes in Crisp EF and AU/Unc.
Known by collectors as the Britannia Blue, this £5 replaced the iconic Bank of England White £5 in 1957. It is one of the most impressive designs of the whole Bank of England series. It had a very short life because, in 1960, the Bank started to introduce notes with the Queen’s portrait for the first time and this series was never completed. A helmeted Britannia is on the front and a lion holding a key is on the back. An iconic note in its own right and available now in A Unc.
In March 2002, the Bank of England introduced a new design for the £5 note with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front and Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer, on the back. (B393) Within days, the Bank suspended the issue. Reports were coming in that the serial numbers could be easily rubbed off. The problem was addressed and in August 2002 the issue was resumed. We are offering Crisp Uncirculated examples of the very first £5 notes from this series all with the prefix HA01 and intact. Increasingly difficult to find in Uncirculated!
In November 2003 the George Stephenson £5 disappeared from circulation. It had been introduced in 1990 as the first in the new ‘Historical’ series of banknotes. In those 13 years of issues it underwent a few design changes and was issued under three different Chief Cashiers. Here we offer uncirculated examples of the George Stephenson £5 signed by Merlyn Lowther as Chief Cashier (B380). The Stephenson £5 was coloured blue with a large mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front. On the back a portrait of George Stephenson alongside an illustration of the famous “Rocket” locomotive.