A wonderful set of 6 polymer fantasy notes for the Aldabra Islands (Seychelles) The set includes 5 values – the 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, and 500 pounds values. The vertical design on the front features a charming portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as a young girl, reminiscent of her portrait on the 1935 Canada 20 dollars. On the back, in the more traditional horizontal format, various colourful birds native to the islands and including Macaws, are illustrated. A charming fantasy polymer set in Uncirculated.
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 Ration Coupons.
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 Giori and depicting Johannes Gutenberg, the 15th century inventor of the printing press with moveable type. This invention is regarded as one of the most significant ever, ushering in, as it did, an era of mass communication. This Uniface Test note has a portrait of Gutenberg to the left and a hologram to the right. Crisp Uncirculated at £8.50.
A wonderful Test Note issued by Thomas de La Rue. As their name implies, these were used to test machines handling banknotes and 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 has an outline of the spaceship Challenger. The ones we have on offer here were given to all attendees to the IBNS London World Paper Money Fair in 2010 and there is an overprint on the back to denote this. Uncirculated.
In 1996, the famous security printers, De la Rue issued a special House Note to honour the centenary of its founder. A portrait of Thomas de La Rue is pictured to the right with a view of current De la Rue Headquarters in Basingstoke on the back. This beautifully printed note is completed with a windowed security thread and a watermark celebrating Portals the illustrious firm of papermakers. In 1997 at the annual London Congress of the International Banknote Society examples of these notes were distributed to attendees and an overprint was added with the IBNS logo and the dates. This is the variety we are delighted to offer now in Crisp Uncirculated.
To be honest we're not sure why or even when these notes were printed. But we're guessing that they are Test Notes which were subsequently cut using the Cut Pak 50 machine. We could be wrong of course! All we know is that they are interesting. They were produced by De La Rue Giori S A Bielomatik and are printed on one side only with a vignette of a young woman. They all appear to have been run through a machine at some time which is why we believe they are a Test note of some kind...
We offer choice examples of the £1 note prepared for issue by the Durham Bank (Outing 722d). This charming note is Unissued and Uniface. The vignette is of an allegorical woman with eagle, snake, dog, and cornucopia. A lovely issue especially in AU/ Unc. Very limited availability.
Security printers are known for producing notes that promote their work. This charming Flower Power Pair was produced in 2010 by KBA Giori to show off the high-performance registration offset printing on their Super Simultan IV machines. The 2D Iris recognition process was a big step in tackling counterfeits. The pair both feature daisy designs and are Uncirculated.
These Million Dollar notes are a lot of fun. They are a private issue with an illustration of the Statue of Liberty on the front. You can impress your friends with an Uncut Sheet of 4 Million Dollar Bills!
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.
In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee This so-called Britannia Pound was produced in the Netherlands as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. It was printed at the famous printer Enschede. The Queen is shown here wearing a hat, familiar to us all from her later years. The back refers to Her Majesty’s Coronation in 1953 with Westminster Abbey in the background. A Platinum Tribute in Crisp Uncirculated.
This uniface promotional sheet issued by De la Rue is quite large measuring 240mm x 150mm. These sheets were produced to show off the work of the company. Some of the swirly design is printed in intaglio and there is a profile portrait of Thomas de La Rue, founder of the company. Uncirculated.
English composer of ‘The Lark Ascending’ and World War I veteran Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams is depicted on this uniface promotional note from famous printers Thomas De La Rue. Produced to show off their printing skills, the detailed ‘specimen’ note shows violins along with a striking likeness of Williams. Available in Uncirculated.
These Million Dollar notes are a lot of fun. They are a private issue with an illustration of the Statue of Liberty on the front and Mount Rushmore on the back. Impress your friends with a Million Dollar Bill!