In 1993 the Bank of England celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the issue of the first £5 note. At the same time, the Bank of England was changing over from printing their notes from a web fed roll to smaller individual sheets. 25 years ago the Bank issued 1500 uncut sheets of 3 of each type of the £5 note. We are offering Uncut sheets of the £5 note printed by the Sheet Fed Process. (C108) The sheetfed notes have the first of the new prefix. In fact, we have seen the AC01 Prefix sell for £110 on its own. Another dealer is selling this Uncut Sheet of 3 for £200 – our price is just £95. Remember only 1500 sheets were ever issued!
Issued 27 years ago, these £10 notes are in Crisp Uncirculated condition (B369) They bear the signature of Graham Kentfield as Chief Cashier, a post he held until 1999. Printed on sheetfed presses, the front has a mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with a vignette of Britannia and a diamond-shaped symbol to assist the partially sighted. The back features a portrait of Charles Dickens and an illustration of the cricket match between Dingley Dell and All Muggleton, from his first novel The Pickwick Papers. Sold in Crisp Uncirculated.
The Bank of England introduced a new Historical Series of banknotes in 1992. The distinguishing feature was the portraits of historical figures featured on the backs. On the back of the £20 note was a portrait of scientist Michael Faraday who is shown alongside a vignette of him giving the Christmas Lecture he gave at the Royal Institution in 1856 together with a vignette of a magneto-electric spark apparatus. We offer Crisp Uncirculated examples of the Faraday £20 with Graham Kentfield’s signature. (B375) This variety was introduced in 1994, with the small crown seen in earlier varieties replaced with the denomination symbols of £20. Crisp Uncirculated.
When the Bank of England launched a new series of banknotes in the 1990s, it was planned that there would be a small crown in the top right-hand corner of all values on the front. This ended up causing problems with members of the public complaining that it was difficult to distinguish between denominations. The bank decided to ‘enhance’ the design. On the £5 note, the crown was retained but the £5 symbol was made very dark. On all other denominations, the crown was replaced with the denomination both in the top right corner on the front and additionally on the back. The first Chief Cashier to see these changes was G E A Kentfield. Here we offer Uncirculated examples of the ‘Enhanced’ Kentfield £5. (B364)