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Thursday, 27 August 2015

211) A Special Collectors’ Banknote/Currency Edition from the States of Jersey (a British Crown Dependency) of the 2010 Series, bearing identical Serial number across all denominations

211) A Special Collectors’ Banknote/Currency Edition from the States of Jersey (a British Crown Dependency) of the 2010 Series, bearing identical Serial number across all denominations: 

The 2010 Series of Banknotes:

This is the Current Series which is being issued by Jersey since 26.04.2010. A special feature of these notes is that they have trilingual texts – English, French and Jerriais.

The above is a scanned image of the Front of a Collector’s Banknote/Currency Set from the States of Jersey containing Banknotes in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Pounds all bearing the same Prefix and Serial number viz. “AD 000662”. Notice that the denominations of the Banknotes are mentioned in English on this face.

The above is a scanned image of the Back of the Collector’s Banknote/Currency Set.

Notice that the denominations are mentioned in French in the Centre bottom of the Banknote viz. “Une Livre” (for One Pound), “Cinq Livres” (for Five Pounds), “Dix Livres” (for Ten Pounds), “Vingt Livres” (for Twenty Pounds) and “Cinquante Livres” (for Fifty Pounds).

Also, on the right hand bottom corner the denominations are mentioned in Jerriais viz. “Un Louis” (for One Pound), “Chin Louis” (for Five Pounds), “Dgiex Louis” (for Ten Pounds), “Vingt Louis” (for Twenty Pounds) and “Chinquante Louis” (for Fifty Pounds).

The details of these Banknotes areas under:

This Series highlights different aspects of Jersey’s architecture, history and culture which are featured in the central vignettes on both the Front and Back, as well as hand engraved images of various Jersey Round Towers.

The Front of these Banknotes has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and a view of an important Jersey landmark, while the Back of these Banknotes showcases one of Jersey’s historical coastal defence towers built in the 18th century and pictures of 12 Parish Crests 

31 Towers in all were built in Jersey of which 24 remain to the present day.

Of the remaining Towers – two are in St. Aubin’s Bay, one in Noirmont, one at Portelet, two in St. Brelade’s Bay, two in St. Ouen’s Bay, one in Greve se Lecq, one at Fliquet, one at St. Catherine’s Bay, one at Archirondel, one overlooking Anne Port Bay, five in Grouville Bay, one at La Rocque, one at Le Hocq and one at La Collette et al.

Three Towers are built off the coast at La Rocco (St. Ouen’s Bay), Icho Tower (off St, Clement’s coast) and Seymour Tower (off-shore from La Rocque).

Of the seven Towers that are not seen today, six Towers were of the original Jersey design, while the seventh Tower was of the Martello pattern.

During German Occupation of Jersey in World War II, the Germans recognised the strategic position of the Coastal Towers and adapted the Towers for their own defence.  They even demolished an existing Tower at Bel Royal to construct a concrete bunker.

(The Parishes of Jersey are called Saint Hellier, Saint Ouen, Saint Martin, Saint Brelade, Grouville, Trinity, Saint John, Saint Mary, Saint Peter, Saint Clement, St. Saviour and Trinity).

Among the Security features, the Jersey Cow Watermark has been retained as in the earlier issues and there is a see-through Map of Jersey. Also, the higher denomination Notes of 10, 20 and 50 pounds have a Patch Hologram depicting a varying image of the Coat-of-Arms of Jersey and the Island of Jersey on a background pattern of La Corbiere Lighthouse.

La Corbiere Lighthouse: This is the extreme South – western point of Jersey in at Brelade. The name means “a place where crows gather “deriving from the word “corbin” (meaning crow). However seagulls have long since displaced the crows from their coastal nesting sites.

Owing to the rocks and extreme tidal variation around this stretch of Jersey’s coast several shipwrecks have taken place here, the Lighthouse was erected and was first lit up on 24.04.1874 on a tidal island rock.

 The Lighthouse Tower is 19 metres (or 62 Feet) high. The beam can reach up to 18 nautical miles (or 33 Km) and has been automated since 1976.

Assists for the visually impaired persons: The notes have been designed to help visually challenged persons identify them easily.

Each Banknote of a different value has its own striking colour and a bold, enlarged numeral on both the Front and Back of the note.

The Banknotes are printed with tactile, raised print and smooth holograms on the 10, 20 and 50 pounds denominations. Also, the States of Jersey title, number of the Banknote, ink etc. is printed in intaglio.

The Front of the One Pound Banknote shows an image of Queen Elizabeth II and the “Liberation Square Sculpture” in Saint Hellier.

The Liberation Square: This sculpture in Liberation Square celebrates the momentous announcement of the liberation of the island from the Nazi forces and the end of the Second World War.
 The plaque at the bottom of the sculpture, inter alia, reads: “At this place on 09.05.1945, advance parties from the Royal Navy and the British army liberated Jersey from nearly five years of occupation by German forces. They and the return of the British Flag were greeted by thousands of Islanders with intense relief, joy and gratitude. On the 50th Anniversary of that day, the states and people of Jersey dedicate this new Liberation Square to commemorate that historic event and all those whose sacrifices made it possible”.

The Back of the One Pound Banknote depicts the Le Hocq Tower and La Hougue Bie

The One Pound Banknote is Green in colour and its dimensions are 128 mm x 65 mm.
                                       An image of the Le Hocq Tower

Le Hocq Tower: Le Hocq is an area in the parish of St. Clement, in the South-East of Jersey. Le Hocq is a Jerrais name meaning “The Headland” or “The Cape”.

The fortified St. Clement’s Jersey Round Tower was built in the 1781 after the French attack and the Battle of Jersey, as a coastal fortification measure.

La Houque Bie: was built around 4000 B.C. and was a Neolithic ritual site.

The Front of the Five Pound Banknote shows an image of Queen Elizabeth II and Le Rat Cottage (an important Sixteenth century National Trust Property).
                                  An image of the Le Rat Cottage

The Back of the Five Pound Banknote shows an image of Archirondel Tower; Les Augres Manor (the home of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust).

The Five Pound Banknote is Sky-Blue in colour and its dimensions are 135 mm x 70 mm.

Archirondel Tower: This Tower was built on “La Roche Rondel” which was originally a tidal island. A causeway, which was to be part of a breakwater that would form the Southern arm of an enhanced St. Catherine’s harbour, now connects the Tower to the shore. The Tower had a gun platform at its base.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust: Founded by Gerald Durrell as the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in 1963, with the dodo as its symbol, the Trust was renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on 26.03.1999. The Trust has its headquarters at Les Augres Manor. It was originally established as a sanctuary and breeding centre for endangered species. The Zoological Park was known as the Jersey Zoo at that time.
                                   An image of the Les Augres Manor

Les Augres Manor: The manor was the residence of Naturalist Gerald Durrell. Since 1958, the grounds of the manor have been developed as a Zoological Park originally named “Jersey Zoo” and presently named “Durrell Wildlife Park”.

The Front of the Ten Pound Banknote shows an image of Queen Elizabeth II and the Hermitage of Saint Hellier (This Medieval Chapel was built over the site where St. Hellier lived and died in the sixth century).

St. Hellier: He was a Belgian Saint who lived as a hermit for about a decade on an islet in St. Aubin’s Bay. In 555 AD, he was beheaded by Saxon pirates as he was found to be converting the locals to Christianity against popular beliefs at the time. Later he was adopted as the Patron Saint of Jersey. The parish and the church of St. Hellier are named after him.

The Back of the Ten Pounds Banknote shows the Seymour Tower and the Lalique Sculpture in the Glass Church (These are unique glass sculptures in St. Matthew’s Church).

The Ten Pounds Banknote is Burnt Sienna in colour and its dimensions are 142 mm x 75 mm.

Seymour Tower: This Tower is a square Tower and was built in 1782 in the parish of Grouville and is located on L’Avarison, a tidal islet off the southeast corner of the Island, about two kilometres (or 1.25 miles) east of La Rocque. The Seymour Tower was built as a replacement of an earlier Tower on the same islet.

Lalique sculpture: Rene Jules Lalique (06.04.1860 – 05.05.1945): was a French glass designer popular for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments. By 1890, he was recognised as one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau Jewellery designers creating several innovative pieces of Art.

Best known for his creations in glass art, in the 1920s he became noted for his work in the Art Deco style.

 He was responsible for the walls of lighted glass and elegant coloured glass columns of the SS Normandie and the interior fittings, cross, screens, redos and font of St. Matthew’s Church at Milbrook in Jersey among others. A large number of museums including in Lisbon, France, Germany, London, New York and Amsterdam display his works.

The Front of the Twenty Pound Banknote shows an image of Queen Elizabeth II and the States Building (the island’s Parliament building – with the exterior view on the front).

The Back of the Twenty Pounds Banknote shows the States Chamber (this is the interior view of the Parliament building). Also featured on this face is the La Rocco Tower originally known as “Gordon’s Tower”).

The Twenty Pounds Banknote is Violet in colour and its dimensions are 149 mm x 80 mm.

La Rocco Tower: This Tower was built in 1796, in the parish of St. Ouen on a tidal island off the west coast. On 14.05.1801, the States officially named it Gordon’s Tower in honour of the then Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant General Andrew Gordon, but that name has since fallen into disuse. This was the last of the round towers to be built. Like Archirondel Tower, it has a gun platform at its base.

The Front of the Fifty Pounds Banknote shows an image of Queen Elizabeth II and Mont Orgueil (this is a medieval castle built in 1204 in the parish of St. Martin).

Mont Orgueil Castle: This is a castle in Jersey which overlooks the harbour of Gorey. As such it is sometimes called “Gorey Castle” (in English) or “le Vier Chate (meaning “the Old Castle” in Jerriais). It was the first major defence and was built around 1212, following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204.

The Castle’s defences were continually improved, until advances in warfare and the use of cannon rendered it vulnerable to attack. This heritage site is now managed by the Jersey Heritage Trust since 1994.

The Back of the Fifty Pounds Banknote shows the La Marmotiere, Les Ecrehous” (showcasing the houses on the island of La Marmotiere in Les Echrehous) and the Tower at Quaisne (Aka “La Tour du Hoinet” or “St. Brelade No.1”) located in the Parish of St. Brelade.

The Fifty Pounds Banknote is Red in colour and its dimensions are 156 mm x 85 mm.

(The above Banknotes are from the collection of Jayant Biswas. Post researched and written and Banknotes scanned by Rajeev Prasad)


British Crown Dependencies:

1) Specimen Banknotes from the States of Jersey

2) Coinage and Currency from the States of Jersey

3) Currency & Coinage of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

4) Currency & Coinage of Gibraltar : An Overseas Territory of Great Britain

5) Coinage of Gibraltar: (A British Overseas Territory): An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection Set minted by the Tower Mint, UK in 2010
6) The Isle of Man: An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection Set minted by Pobjoy Mint, UK in 2015

7) The Centenary of the ill-fated Titanic (15.04.1912 - 15.04.2012): An Alderney Five Pound Coin Commemorating the Maritime Legend

8) "Man of Steel": A Superman Movie: A set of stamps brought out in 2013 by Jersey post, the States of Jersey, commemorating Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill who played Superman in the Movie

9) Coins & Currency of Bermuda

10) The Bailiwick of Jersey - Presently circulating coinage - Pounds and Pence 

11) St. Helena & Ascension Islands: An Uncirculated Coin Set from 2003 

12) The Legend of the "HMAV Bounty" is interwoven with the heritage of the Pitcairn Islands: An uncirculated coin set from Pitcairn Islands in 2009 depicting the icons/relics of the Bounty minted by the New Zealand Mint 

Famous Battles

1) Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's Exile to St. Helena: (Part I): A One Crown Commemorative coin issued by the Ascension Island (minted by Pobjoy Mint UK) 

2) Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's Exile to st. Helena: (Part II) 1) A 5 GBP Coin issued by the Royal Mint UK. 2) A"Drie Landen Zilverset" ( ot the "Three Lands Silver set") containing coins issued by the Royal Dutch Mint including coins of Netherlands, Belgium and UK

3) Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain by issuing a 50 Pence coin by the Royal Mint UK

Gold Coins:
1) Gold Sovereigns issued in 2013 & 2014 by MMTC-PAMP in India under licence from the Royal Mint, UK, carrying the "I" Mint Mark

2) Gold Half-Sovereigns minted by MMTC-PAMP in India in 2014 under licence from the Royal Mint UK bearing the "I" Mint Mark 

Silver Coins:

1) A 20 Pound Silver coin minted for the first timr by the royal Mint UK: reverse design carries the famous St. George slaying the dragon design found on Gold Sovereigns 

British India Coinage:

 1) East India Company Quarter Anna Copper Coin which is one of the first issues under the Coinage Act 1835

2) Victoria Coinage: When she was Queen and afterwards Empress

3) Edward VII: King & Emperor  Coinage

4) George V King Emperor Coinage

5) George VI: The last of the British India Emperors Coinage 

Other British Royalty: 

1) Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (1952-2012): A Five Pound Commemorative coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK

2) Commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953: A Five Pound Coin minted by the Royal Mint UK in 2013, depicting the Imperial State Crown

3) The Royal Coat of Arms of the UK: Great British 2012 Coin Set (Uncirculated) issued by the Royal Mint UK

4) Prince George's Christening Ceremony celebrated with coins issued by the Royal Mint UK in 2013

5) The British Empire:  A Case of Numismatic "segregation": (Guest Post by Rahul Kumar)

6) 1) The Portrait Collection: Various Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II on Coinage 2) The Fourth & Final Circulating coinage of the Portrait designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and the First Edition of the portrait of the Queen made by Jody Clark

 British Coinage:

1) The contribution of the Great British One-Pound coins in keeping alive the historical legends/emblems/heritage of the UK (1983 onwards)

2) Transformation of a Five shilling Coin (Crown) into the UK Twenty-five Pence & then the Five Pound Coin

3) Transformation of the Two Shilling Coin (Florin) Coin into the UK Ten Pence

4) The 350th Anniversary of the Guinea: A Two Pound Coin issued by the Royal Mint UK celebrating the milestone

 Commemorative British Coinage:

 1) Commemorating the Bicentenary of Charles Dickens: A Two pound coin celebrating his literary contributions during the Victorian Era

 2) Commemorating 50 Years of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - presently called the World Wide Fund for Nature by issue of a Fifty Pence coin by the Royal Mint, UK

3) Coins commemorating London Olympics & Paralympics (2012)

4) Commemorating 150 Years of the London Underground : Two pound Coins minted by the Royal Mint UK, showing the "Roundel" logo and a train emerging from a tunnel 

5) Commemorating the 100th Birth anniversary of Christopher Ironside with his" Royal Arms" design on a 50 Pence coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK 

6) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal Guidepost to Liberty and Freedom

Inspirations from Scottish History: 

1) The Legend of King Bruce & the Spider on Banknotes

Banknotes from Scotland:
1) Commemorating Sir William Arrol and his creation the Forth Rail Bridge by issues of Britain's first ever 5 Pound Polymer Banknote

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