|£1 Bank Note 1814|
In researching Dukes Prefer Blondes, I spent some time looking up criminal cases. I was struck by the number of prosecutions for coining and forgery. That was why the short entry (shown below) in Hone’s Every-day Book about forged notes caught my attention.
I found an explanation at The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913.
“Between 1797 and 1821, the period known as the ‘restriction’, new, primarily copper coins and, most importantly, inexpensively produced £1 and £2 notes were brought into circulation. The poor quality of these notes led to a spate of forgeries, which in turn led to a high number of prosecutions led by the Bank [of England] itself, for both forgery and uttering forged notes.”
If you’re curious about what old bank notes looked like, you can scroll down this page.
|Bank of England 1809|
You can look at a forged note from 1936 here.
And the Old Bailey website also offers a history of money & what it bought.
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