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Bank note gallery to reopen

Running Bank of England cash note for 99 pounds seven shillings and four pence dated Aug. 30,1705. Image courtesy and © Spink London.

Running Bank of England cash note for 99 pounds seven shillings and four pence dated Aug. 30,1705.
Image courtesy and © Spink London.

If you have cause to visit London this fall, the Bank of England has announced that the Banknote Gallery of its museum will be reopening following an extensive refurbishment. The opening is being timed to coincide with the launch of the new £5 note on Sept. 13.

Historic notes, preliminary sketches and unique bank note artwork, printing plates and test prints will all be on display.

Naturally a centerpiece of the refurbished gallery will be the new polymer £5 note. At the other end of the scale are examples of some of the earliest running cash notes issued by the bank following its founding in 1694.

If you get a chance to stop by and view, please consider dropping the editor a note to let him know how you found it and how it compares with similar displays stateside.

 

This article was originally printed in Bank Note Reporter.
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