Guernsey £20 note marks Great War centenary

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07 November 2018
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The States of Guernsey Treasury has revealed the design of a new version of the Guernsey £20 note to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The commemorative £20 note entered circulation on 8 November 2018, and a  limited issue of 500,000 notes has been commissioned.

While the overall note design and security features are similar to the 1996 series full circulating note, there are a number of specific changes that have been made to the note to mark this anniversary:

  • Commemorative text can be found on the top of the front of the note
  • The serial number has a special prefix of TGW denoting ‘The Great War’
  • There are multiple poppy motifs throughout the front and back of the note:
    • The security hologram shows a poppy together with the denomination 20
    • There is a wreath of poppies around the gold seal
    • On the back of the note there is a prominent multi-coloured image of poppies

This is the fourth commemorative banknote to be produced by the States of Guernsey and the first commemorative with changes to both sides of the note.  

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The other banknotes were:

  • 2000 Millennium £5 
  • 2012 Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee £20 
  • 2013 De La Rue £1 

Uncirculated banknotes can be purchased from the Guernsey Post Office, Envoy House, La Vrangue, St Peter Port GY1 1AA or form the website www.guernseystamps.com/bank-notes

The statement from States of Guernsey also noted: 'There are no plans to introduce polymer notes at the present time but this remains under review.'