Category Archives: Banknotes

Banknote from the Bank of England – One Pound from 1970-1977

I don’t know much about banknotes, but I had a chance to pick up this XXXX banknote for a song. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” place from a fellow patron who was selling foreign silver and gold coins; the owner of the shop didn’t want the currency and let me make an offer for a dozen pieces of folding money that she had. Who knows how many hands it passed through before it got to me? I’m guessing it was saved as a souvenir by the seller’s father traveled around the world in the 1970’s.

I would grade this note in VF to EF condition.

The obverse is a lovely green on off-white pattern. It shows a young Queen Elizabeth II facing in 1/4 profile to the left. It has the legends “Bank of England” and “I promise to pay the Bearer on Demand the Sum of One Pound London For the Gov and Comp of the Bank of England”. There are what appear to be Tudor roses in the watermarks, as well as interesting spirograph patterns. The goddess Brittania is shown down and to the left of the queen’s portrait – she is holding out a sheaf of wheat and sitting with a shield at her hip emblazoned with St. George’s Cross.

Great Britain 1 Pound Note Obverse 1970-1977

Great Britain 1 Pound Note Obverse 1970-1977

On the reverse, the seal of the Bank of England (with Britannia again) is much larger and central to the pattern. A rectangle inscribed with “One Pound” overlaps the seal. There is a fair amount of white space in the upper right of the note.

Banknote - British One Pound from 1970-1977 Reverse

Banknote - British One Pound from 1970-1977 Reverse

Identification code: United Kingdom P-374g

Date: 1970-1977 (not dated, but that’s when this pattern was produced)

Printing Run/Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: UK?

Size: I’m too lazy to measure right now…

Estimated Value: $4-6. It may still be valid currency in the UK (not sure about that).

Chile 10 Escudos 1962 Bank Note

This Chilean banknote was a little out of my comfort zone – it probably was saved as a souvenir by a traveler to South America. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” place from a fellow patron who was selling foreign silver and gold coins; the owner of the shop didn’t want the currency and let me make an offer for a dozen pieces of folding money that she had. I would grade this note in VF to EF condition.

Currency -Chile - 10 Escudos Obverse

Currency -Chile - 10 Escudos Obverse

The pattern is inset with the white background forming a picture frame around all the printing. On the obverse, it has the number “10” at all 4 corners, and the denomination “Diez Escudos” inside of what looks like a cabbage (but is probably some other culturally significant plant). On the right side of the note is a portrait of JM Balmaceda looking to the left in 3/4 profile.

Currency -Chile - 10 Escudos Reverse

Currency -Chile - 10 Escudos Reverse

The reverse shows some sort of militarily significant event (I presume two armies linking up to win the war of Independence) with men on horses carrying standards taking up about 2/3 of the note on the left. The legends include “Banco Central DeChile” “Eo DIEZ” and “Diez Escudos”.

Identification code: Chile P-143

Date: No Date =1962-1975

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: Chile?

Composition: Paper and linen (?)

Size: will measure later

Estimated Value: $0.25 according to the world currency book I found. I would expect to find it in a coin shop for less than a dollar and wouldn’t book any vacations if you’re planning to sell a note similar to this (even if you have a whole briefcase full of them).

Brazil 5 Cruzeiros Bill from 1973

This Brazilian bank note was a little out of my comfort zone – it probably was saved as a souvenir by a traveler to South America. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” place from a fellow patron who was selling foreign silver and gold coins; the owner of the shop didn’t want the currency and let me make an offer for it. I would grade this note in VF to EF condition.

Currency Note - Brazil - 5 Cruzeiros Reverse

Currency Note - Brazil - 5 Cruzeiros Reverse

The 5 Crezueiro bill is a light blue color with darker shades of blue on it. It is bisected by a horizontal stripe of blue plus a white stripe about 20% indented from the left. On the left, it has a weird fractal (like a drunken slinky) around the number 5, then the next 20% is the white vertical bar with a watermarked 5. At the center of the note is the denomination “Cinco Cruzeiros”, followed by a half dollar sized portrait of someone in a very uncomfortable and military looking high collar. He is facing 1/4 in profile to the left, which makes it look like he’s looking over my shoulder at something… (after a quick check over my shoulder, I am less concerned about axe murderer’s lurking in my office).

Currency Note - Brazil - 5 Cruzeiros Obverse

Currency Note - Brazil - 5 Cruzeiros Obverse

The reverse is also divided by blue and white bars. This time, the vertical bar is to the right of center (it runs from ~60-80%). The oval inset is on the left and shows a plaza filled with soldiers.  The legend reads “Banco Central Do Brasil” and the denomination is still “Cinco Cruzeiros”.
Identification code: Brazil 192b

Date: 1973

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: Brazil?

Composition: Paper and linen, I presume

Size: I don’t have a ruler handy, but may go back and measure this later.

Estimated Value: I think the book is a bit harsh, but it says this is worth about it’s value in paper ($0.25). I would expect to pay under a dollar to find a similar note in a coin shop.