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U.K. Notes

Coin and currency collecting can be a fun and even lucrative hobby with rare and collectable notes fetching hundreds of times their original worth. Banknotes are thought to have originated in Carthage as promissory notes, and were also used in China at the same time, albeit made of leather, with paper money appearing in the seventh century. The United Kingdom, with its long-reaching, rich and varied history, has all sorts of notes that are sought after amongst collectors. From the very rare to the very old, there is something for all tastes. U.K. banknotes may include currency from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England.

Old and Vintage U.K. Notes

Very old notes are often valued amongst collectors for their valuable part in history. For example, there are many banknotes issued by banks no longer in trade today, such as the Stamford, Spalding and Boston Banking Co. Founded in 1832, the bank enjoyed almost 100 years of trade, and issued a variety of notes, characterised by a black-and-white appearance and a flowing script. Decommissioned or withdrawn notes were often marked by a triangle cut out of the bottom. These rare and old notes can fetch many, many times their original value.

U.K. Bank of England Notes

Trading since 1694, the Bank of England is the central bank of the U.K. Notes went from being handwritten to partially printed in the 1700s to fully printed from 1855. Historical royal figures began appearing on the notes from 1970 onwards. Until the mid-19th century, other banks in the U.K. commonly issued their own notes; however, over time, the Bank of England gained the monopoly over the country. Due to its long history, notes from this bank are highly collectable, from the first ever notes issued in the 18th century to the modern polymer collector's edition notes today. Notes were often introduced in times of gold shortages, such as the Seven Years' War and the French Revolutionary Wars.

U.K. Coins

U.K. coins are also popular amongst numismatists. Contrary to popular belief, the first coins in the U.K. were not Roman, but introduced by the Belgica, a tribe of Celts from Northern France. The first coins minted were in 80 B.C.E. Since then, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings all took turns at creating currency in the country. It's possible to find a variety of coins to add to your collection with pennies from the 11th and 12th centuries readily available. Often, coins that have had a printing mistake gain incredible value for their oddity and scarcity.

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