Framed One Pound Note
We have a unique and intimate relationship with the coins and notes of our currency and there is often sadness when they are withdrawn from circulation – to be replaced by something else in our wallets, purses and pockets. Those around in the late Eighties will remember the demise of the one pound note, in favour of the new one pound coin, which is still with us today. This crisp and genuine One Pound Note is presented with an informative backing card, rather beautifully, in a solid black frame. It’s a wonderful way of remembering, reflecting on, and perhaps even celebrating, a little piece of British heritage.
Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.4cm
The coins and notes we used to hold in our hands, keep in our pockets, purses, wallets and moneyboxes, justifiably have a special place in our hearts. In a world where plastic money and electronic payment were in their infancy, ‘hard cash’ was king.
Issued in 1797, the first Bank of England £1 note was created to replace gold coins during the French Revolutionary Wars. It got its green colouration in 1928, when Britannia was added (the first notes to be coloured and printed on both sides), and these notes were identifiable by the signature of the current Chief Cashier (on the note) rather than being specifically dated. A metal ‘security’ thread was added in 1940 alongside a colour change to blue and pink – to combat German counterfeits during the war. The ‘Series C’ design, the first with the Queen Elizabeth II portrait, was introduced in 1960, and was in use until it’s withdrawal in 1979. The ‘Series D’ design was issued in 1978 - this featured Sir Isaac Newton on the reverse side and was known as the ‘Pictorial Series’ – but this was only to be in circulation for ten years. Following the introduction, and success, of the £1 coin in 1983, it was withdrawn from circulation in 1988.