5 Pounds White; without thread
|Issuing bank||Bank of England|
|Value||5 Pounds (5)|
|Currency||Pound sterling (1158-1970)|
|Size||209.55 × 133.35 mm|
P# 295, 304,
P# 312, 320,
P# 328, 335
Seated figure of Britannia at upper left.
Bank of England
I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of Five Pounds
For the Govr. and Compa. of the Bank of England
In addition to London, these notes were also issued at branch offices.
1918 issue, P#312 Branch offices:
1925 issue, P#320 Branch offices:
h. Plymouth. Rare.
i. Bristol. Rare.
1929 issue, P#328 Branch offices:
1934 issue, P#335 Branch offices:
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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|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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