In 1992, the Bank of England unveiled a new Historical Series of banknotes and the first in the series was the Stephenson £5. G M Gill was Chief Cashier at the time.(B357) The fronts featured a new larger portrait of Queen Elizabeth II while the back had a portrait of George Stephenson alongside a vignette of his locomotive known as ‘The Rocket’ It is almost 30 years since these notes were issued and we are delighted to offer uncirculated examples of the Gill Stephenson £5 all with the A prefix here.
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.