Jersey Banknotes




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In 1817 W. Plees wrote in his book, 'Account of the Island of Jersey', a very good description of the currency situation in early 19th century Jersey. From this I quote: "The coin current in Jersey was, until lately, chiefly that of France, with a small proportion of Spanish money. The usual amount of specie in circulation, has been estimated at nearly £80,000 sterling. After the French revolution, the coin of England came more generally into use, until the increased value of gold and silver completely drained the island of all specie but copper, and even that became scarce. There were, at this point, three regular banking houses in the town of St. Helier. These, and a few mercantile men, were accustomed to issue notes, payable to the bearer on demand, for twenty-four livres French currency, or £1 sterling. So great, however, and so increasing were the inconveniences occasioned by the almost total disappearance of silver, that those houses were obliged to issue notes of five and ten shillings: this induced individuals to do the same; all having 'Jersey Bank' on their notes; until there were about eighty of these soi disant bankers. The island was soon inundated with notes, from the value of £1 down to that of one shilling; many of them issued by the lowest description of traders and publicans. Alarming as this undoubtedly was, necessity gave to these notes a general and ready circulation. Seriously aware of the ultimate consequences, likely to result from this unrestrained emission of paper money, the States resolved to have a silver coin struck: accordingly, a quantity of tokens was issued bearing the value of three shillings, and of eighteen pence English, ..."

During the 19th century, Jersey had about 100 banks issued by many individuals, parishes, churches, and companies. These are but a few of them.

St. Saviour's Bank, Jersey
£1, Jen Ahier, 17 October 1837
serial number 190


Jersey Bank, Matth'w Amiraux, Will'm Le Breton & Co.,
£1, 10 November 1815,
serial number 1747


Jersey Joint Stock Bank
Arthur, de Carteret & Co.
£1, 2 January 1860
serial number 5994

Jersey Joint Stock Bank,
Directors & Company of the Jersey Joint Stock Bank.
unissued £1, 2 June 1871
serial number 9940

Jersey Joint Stock Bank,
Directors & Company of the Jersey Joint Stock Bank.
proof £1, ND (1867)
no serial number or signature

Jersey Joint Stock Bank
unissued £1, 2 January 1860



Jersey Joint Stock Bank
proof/specimen £1, ND (1847-73)
no signatures or serial numbers
black specimen stamp

Jersey Joint Stock Bank
specimen £1, 1 January 1856
no signatures or serial numbers
manuscript SPECIMEN written in signature strip

Jersey Joint Stock Bank
proof £1, ND (1847-73)



Wesleyan Methodist Country Chapels Bank
£1, 25 July 1835


Wesleyan Methodist Country Chapels Bank
proof/pull £1 in blue, ND (1835-50)
no signatures or serial numbers,on provincial bank watermarked paper

Jersey Note, Michel Baudains
£1, 23 October 1813
serial number 147, signature of Michel Baudains at right

Bible Christian Church
£1
on Irish paper


St. Brelade's Association Bank, Geo. John Bosdet & Co.
£1, 25 March 1859
serial number 191


St. Saviour's Bank, George Collas, Chief of Police
£1, 17 January 1832
serial number 146, signature of George Collas
cancelled with ink crosses at low right

St. Saviour's Bank, George Collas, Chief of Police
£1, 17 January 1832
serial number 215, signature of Artr(?) Austin, Constable, cancelled with ink crosses at low right

St. Saviour's Bank, George Collas, Chief of Police,
£1 17 January 1832
serial number 257, signature of George Collas

St. Saviour's Bank, George Collas, Chief of Police
£1, 17 January 1832, serial number 147
signature of George Collas, cancelled with ink crosses at low right

Jersey Banking Company.
A.D.1828, Gosset, de Grunchy & Co.
proof £1, 9 April 1863

Jersey Banking Company .A.D.1828, Gosset, de Gruchy & Co.
proof/specimen £1, 1 January 1864
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey Banking Company .A.D.1828, Gosset, de Gruchy & Co.
proof/specimen £1 in blue, 1 January 1870
no signatures or serial numbers

The Esplanade
£1, 19 February 1830
serial number 212, issued for 'the construction of a line of quays from the North Pier to Patriotic Place',
and guaranteed by the States of Jersey

Franche Ville Bank
proof/pull £1, ND (1833-35)

Jersey Bank, E. Gaudin
£1, 19 January 1815
serial number 172, signature of E. Gaudin at low right, David Gaudin at low left

Jersey Bank, presumed E. Gaudin
unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

Country Bank Jersey, Gibaut
Orange & Company, proof in blue for £1, 18-
no serial number

Old Bank, Jersey
1797, proof £1 on un-watermarked paper, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey, John James Guiton & Co.
unissued £1, 181-

Jersey Bank, P.H.Hamon
£1, 1 April 1814
serial number 124, signature of Hamon at low right

Jersey Bank, P.H.Hamon
£1, 3 July 1813
serial number 1350, signature of Hamon at low right

Hand-in-Hand Bank
proof/pull 2 Shillings & 6 Pence, 181-
no signatures or serial numbers

Hand-in-Hand Bank
proof/pull 2 Shillings & 6 Pence, 181-
no signatures or serial numbers, no watermark

Hand-in-Hand Bank
proof/pull 5 Shillings, 181-
no signatures or serial numbers, 'Island of Jersey' watermark

Channel Islands Bank, Jersey, Horman, Anthoine, Ahier, Le Gros & Co.
proof/specimen £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers, red specimen stamp

Channel Islands Bank, Horman, Anthoine, Athier, LeGros & Co.
proof £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers, pencil annotations in signature bar

Channel Islands Bank
proof £1
18-

International Bank
£1, 9 November 1865
serial number 1870, manuscript signature at low right

International Bank, £1
9 November 1865, serial number 2158
manuscript signature at low right

Jersey Commercial Bank, Janvrin, Durell, De Veulle & Co.
unissued £1 or 26 Livres, 183-

Jersey Commercial Bank, Janvrin, Durell & Company
proof/specimen on card £1, 18-
no serial number, black specimen stamp in signature strip

Jersey Commercial Bank, Janvrin, Durell & Company
£1, 1 October 1856
serial number 12887, manuscript signatures at low left and right

Jersey Agricultural Association, Trinity Bank
£1, 20 October 1835, serial number 40
manuscript signatures of Le Masurier, Blampied, Godeaux and others at low right

Jersey Bank, no partnership name
unissued £1, 181-, no signatures or serial number
printed by Burnell & Bristol (also in watermark)

Jersey Bank, no partnership name
unissued £1, 183-
no serial number or signatures

Jersey Bank, partnership name illegible
£1, 11 January 1815
serial number 22

The Jersey Deposit Bank, G&H. Challis Bros. & Co.
£1, 3 December 1866
serial number 439
manuscript signature of H. Challis at low right

Ann Street Bank
proof £1, 18- (c.1817-37)
no signature or serial number

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank, Le Bailly, Deslandes & Co.
£1, 1 January 1864
serial number W1509
manuscript signatures at low left and right

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank
proof/specimen for £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers
perforated specimen c. skipper & east, black with green underprint

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank, Joshua Le Bailly, Jos. Deslandes & Co.
proof/essay for £1, 18-
serial number A00000

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank
£1 in blue, 1 October 1858
serial number 7.753, manuscript signatures at low left and right

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank
proof/unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial number

Jersey Mercantile Union Bank
unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers
blue printing, extra counterfoil paper at left

Mont au Pretre, Jersey Bank
£1, 30 December 1839, serial number A693

Mont au Pretre, Jersey Bank, I: and E: Le Bas & Co.
unissued £1, 183-
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey Caledonian Bank, Le Cornu, Le Gresley & Co.
proof £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey Bank, Philip Le Couteur
£1, 2 July 1820
serial number 79, manuscript signatures of Jean Salmon and Philip Le Couteur

Jersey, Jas Le Couteur
£1, 10 June 1816
serial number 342
signature of Le Couteur at low right

St. John's Jersey.
proof £1, 183-
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey Bank, W'm Geo Le Gallais
£1, 17 October 1843
serial number 89

St. Brelade's Parish Bank, Elias Le Montais, George Dolbel, E Dolbel, Mat. Le Montais
£1, 7 October 1859
serial number 139

Le Coin Bank, Alexandre & Co.
£1, 15 August 1835
serial number 386, manuscript signature of Montais at low right

Jersey Banking Company, Nicolle, de Ste Croix, DAuvergne, Le Quesne & Co
proof/specimen £1, 18-, no signatures or serial number, black specimen stamp

Jersey Banking Company, Nicolle, de Ste Croix, D'Auvergne & Co
proof/specimen £1, 18-
no signatures or serial number
black specimen stamp

Jersey Union Bank, Noel and Comp.
£1, 6 December 1858, serial number 34, signature of Noel at low right

Grouville Parish Bank, Bertram, Noel & Company
£1, 24 December 1844
serial number 47
signed by Amice Bertram and Philippe Noel

Parish of St. Brelade
unissued £1, 18-, no signature or serial number, on St. Brelades watermarked paper

St. Clement's Parish Bank
unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

Parish of St. Helier, for the paving of Belmont Road
£1, 12 November 1835, serial number 28

Town & Parish of St. Helier
proof/specimen £1
25 September 1858
no signatures or serial numbers, vignette of Victoria College, black specimen stamp

Parish of St. Helier, for paving Belmont Road
£1, printed date 12 November 1835
(and another illegible date of issue)
serial number 27 (?)

St. Mary's Parochial Bank, £1
14 March 1901, serial number 693
multiple manuscript signatures

St. Mary's Parochial Bank
proof £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

St. Mary's Parochial Bank
unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers, on watermarked paper, blue printing

Parish of St. Peter
unissued £1, 189-
serial number 778, no signatures
'one' in blue at center

Parish of St. Peter
unissued £1, 189-, no serial numbers or signatures
'one' in brown at center, perforated cancelled

Parish of St. Peter
unissued £1, 189-, serial number 748
no signatures. brown one in underprint

Mont-A-Labbe Bank, Jersey
Charles Poingdestre
proof/unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers, blue printing

Primitive Methodist Trusts
unissued £1, ND (1869-79)
no signatures or serial numbers
on Irish watermarked paper from Kilkenny Bank
ink correction to signature title
(changed from Entree to Trustees)

St. Lawrence's Marsh or Common
£1, 12 March 1835
serial number 108, five manuscript signatures at low left

Jersey, Thos Sorel, Thos Jarvis & John Sorel
£1, 16 May 1832, serial number 994
signatures of all three partners at low right and left

The Jersey States, Committee for Harbours
specimen £1, 1 June 1874
no signatures or serial numbers, black specimen stamp in signature strip

The Jersey States, Committee for Harbours
unissued £1, 1 June 1874
serial number 9849, no signatures

States of the Island of Jersey
unissued £5, 1840
no serial number, with multiple manuscript signatures

States of the Island of Jersey
proof £5, 18-
no signatures or serial numbers

States of the Island of Jersey
cancelled £5, 1840
serial number 205

Jersey Bank, George Syvret
£1, 4 April 1815
serial number 92, signature of George Syvret at low right

St. Ouen's Bank, George Syvret
£1, 4 June 1815
serial number 90, manuscript signature of George Syvret at low right, others at low left

Town Vingtaine of St. Helier
£1, 1 October 1880
payable in 1902, serial number A6068
type with blank reverse

Town Vingtaine of St. Helier
unissued £1, 18-
serial number A7898, no signatures
type with stone circle on reverse

Town Vingtaine of St. Helier
unissued £1, 18-
no signature or serial number
type with stone circle on reverse

Town Vingtaine of St. Helier
£1, 4 September 1860
serial number 2681
two manuscript signatures at low right

Town Vingtaine of St. Helier
unissued £1, 18-
no signatures or serial number
black and red printing
prehistoric stone circle on reverse

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre, Bath Street, St. Helier
£1, 10 February 1838
serial number 898
manuscript signature at low right

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre
£1, 7 December 1838
serial number 2, manuscript signature at low right
Charles Street issue

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre, Charles Street issue
£1, 7 December 1838
serial number 1, manuscript signature at low right

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre
proof/pull £1, ND (c.1834)
no signatures or serial numbers
type intended for the paving of the Rue du Val
on Limerick watermarked paper

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre
£1, 1 May 1834
serial number 181
manuscript signatures at low right
for the paving of the Rue du Val

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre, for the paving of the Rue du Val
£1, 1 May 1834
serial number 284

St Helier Provident Bank
£1, 1 May 1812
serial number 185, on watermarked paper simply saying 'bank', manuscript signature of P.H.Renouf at low right

St. Ouen's Bank (no partnership name)
£1, 18- (83) serial number 10
This note does not match the date for any of the known St. Ouen's Banks,
and the signature at low left does not match any of the known partners.
This note is therefore either an unknown bank,
or has been filled in at a later date, incorrectly.

Jersey Accommodation Bank, John Benest
£1, 6 July 1816, serial number 40

Bible Christian Society, Jersey
partially issued/cancelled £5, ND
serial number 35, three signatures cancelled in red ink at low left and right

Bible Christian Society, Jersey
unissued £5, ND
serial number 62, signature at low right

Jersey Gas Light Company
specimen/proof £1
no signatures or serial numbers

Jersey Mercantile Bank

Jersey Bank 1843

Jersey Bank 1814

International Bank

Channel Islands' Bank

States of Jersey

St. Mary's Parochial Bank

Vingtaine of St. Helier

Bible Christian Church

Vingtaine du Mont au Pretre

1832 St. Saviour's Bank

1813 Jersey Bank £1

1813 Jersey Bank £1

1815 Jersey Bank £1




World War II German Notes used in Jersey

One Mark

Two Marks

Five Marks

Twenty Marks

Fifty Marks



Due to a shortage of coinage during the German occupation, a series of banknotes designed by Edmund Blampied was issued by the States of Jersey in denominations of 6 pence, 1, 2 and 10 shillings, and 1 pound.

States Occupation Notes

Six Pence

One Shilling

Two Shillings

Two Shillings

Ten Shillings

£1



This is a very interesting issue. A special printing of the Bank of England 1948-9 Peppiatt Pound was issued for use on the Channel Island of Jersey. At the center of the front of the notes there is a blue cross. This "secret" cross was probably to track the movement of notes from Jersey to Britain in the immediate post-war (and subsequent period of black market trading). This variety is not recorded in Pick or Duggleby.

Jersey (GB) 1948 BLUE CROSS £1 Note



Designed by Thomas de la Rue's John White, they feature Pietro Annigoni's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and were first printed in 1959.

Pre-decimal Notes
Ten Shillings £1 £5 Ten pounds







The following notes are various modern banknotes. Depicted are the 1976 and the 1989 series.

Modern Banknotes
£1£5£10£20£50



















Jersey has two commemorative £1 banknotes. In 1995 a note commemorating the 50th anniversary of Liberation of Jersey was issued.
In 2004 acommemorative note marks the 800th anniversary of the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204.

£1 Commemoratives





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