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5 Pounds White; without thread

Features

Country England
(United Kingdom)
Issuing bank Bank of England
Type Standard banknote
Years 1870-1944
Value 5 Pounds (5)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Paper
Size 209.55 × 133.35 mm
Shape Rectangular
References P# 277, 286,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
P# 295, 304,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
P# 312, 320,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
P# 328, 335
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.

Obverse

Seated figure of Britannia at upper left.

Lettering:
Bank of England
I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of Five Pounds
London
For the Govr. and Compa. of the Bank of England

Reverse

Blank

Comments

In addition to London, these notes were also issued at branch offices.
1918 issue, P#312 Branch offices:
a. London.
b. Leeds.
c. Liverpool.
d. Manchester.
e. Hull.
f. Birmingham.
g. Newcastle.
h. Plymouth.
i. Bristol.
1925 issue, P#320 Branch offices:
a. London.
b. Manchester.
c. Leeds.
d. Liverpool.
e. Hull.
f. Birmingham.
g. Newcastle.
h. Plymouth. Rare.
i. Bristol. Rare.
1929 issue, P#328 Branch offices:
a. London.
b. Leeds.
c. Liverpool.
d. Manchester.
e. Birmingham.
f. Newcastle.
g. Hull.
h. Plymouth.
i. Bristol.
1934 issue, P#335 Branch offices:
a. London.
b. Liverpool.
c. Manchester.
d. Leeds.
e. Birmingham.
f. Newcastle.
g. Hull.
h. Plymouth.
i. Bristol.
1934 issue: OPERATION BERNHARD FORGERIES
During World War II almost perfect forgeries of Bank of England Pound notes were produced by prisoners in a German concentration camp. The enterprise was code named "Operation Bernhard". The following occur: 5, 10, 20 and 50 Pound notes with different dates, also including branch office issues including such as Leeds and Bristol. They com ewith signatures of Catterns or Peppiatt. There are a number of very small but discernible differences between the Operation Bernhard counterfeits and genuine notes. For example, most counterfeits have a dull look in Britannia's eyes and less clarity on the cross at top of her crown. For further information and details, see Nazi Counterfeiting of British Currency During World War II by Bryan Burke, and World War II Remembered by C. Frederick Schwan and Joseph E. Boling.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1870-1873)  P#277 - sig. George Forbes
ND (1873-1893)  P#286 - sig. Frank May
ND (1893-1902)  P#295 - sig. Horace G. Bowen
ND (1902-1918)  P#304 - sig. John G. Nairne
ND (1918-1925)  P#312 - sig. Ernest M. Harvey
ND (1925-1929)  P#320 - sig. Cyrill P. Mahon
ND (1929-1934)  P#328 - sig. Basil G. Catterns
ND (1934-1944)  P#335 - sig. Kenneth O. Peppiatt

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