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Are You A Queen Elizabeth II Banknote Collector? Share Which Are Tough, What Ones You Need, Etc.

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Very interesting! ...Of course, I had to go reacquaint myself with the history of that region.


I learned a tiny bit about Africa (Rhodesia & South Africa) devouring tales about the fictional "Ballantyne family" written by Wilbur Smith.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B...ntyne_Novels
The author, who just passed away this past November, grew up in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). All his novels are great page-turners written with a lot of rich historical details.
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RHODESIA
After the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, Ian Smith declared Southern Rhodesia independent from the UK in 1965. The result was a smaller UDI white minority led nation which dropped "Southern" & lasted from 1965-1979, before morphing in today's Zimbabwe.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodesia
To check out the 4 years of banknotes which have the QEII portrait, check out the Bank Note Museum:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...F%20RHODESIA

1964 Reserve Bank of Rhodesia

P-24 TEN Shillings:
Bradbury Wilkinson uses the famous Pietro Annigoni portrait in this blue 10/- newly designed note. The Zimbabwe bird is seen on the left. They also continued the custom of weekly dated notes previously issued by Rhodesia & Nyasaland. The reverse shows a tobacco field. All of the 1964 P-24 10/- are tough to find in higher grades.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note233435.html

P-25 ONE Pound:
This red & white 1 has a similar design as P-24 but uses the Victoria Falls scene seen in the "Bank of Rhodesia & Nyasaland" P-22 5. These notes are expensive in VF condition.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note226537.html

P-26 FIVE Pounds:
This green-blue 5 uses a similar design as the lower denominations but has Great Zimbabwe Ruins seen on the "Bank of Rhodesia & Nyasaland" P-21 1. Only issued three times, this is one scarce note!
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note248226.html

1966-1968 Rhodesian Printer:
The nation drops Bradbury Wilkinson for their own printer.

P-27a,b TEN Shillings:


This note looks like P-24 except for darker inked shadows & the dates. It is quite tough to attain as well.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note248227.html

P-28a,b,c,d ONE Pound:
This note looks like P-25 except for for darker inked shadows & the dates (a 1966; b-August 1967; c- September 1967 & d-1968). It is quite tough to attain as well.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note237442.html

P-29 FIVE Pounds:
This note looks exactly like P-26 except for the darker shadows & the date. It is quite tough to attain as well.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note248228.html

I have discovered that most of the above banknotes are tough to come by in higher grades & are sought by many QEII collectors (at least the prices seem to convey this).
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I learned a tiny bit about Africa (Rhodesia & South Africa) devouring tales about the fictional "Ballantyne family" written by Wilbur Smith.
That sounds like a nice recommendation. Thank you for sharing.
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Thank you for sharing.

- You're welcome. Start with "A Falcon Flies; Men of Men; The Angels Weep" & then "The Leopard Hunts in Darkness." They're all exciting, action-packed adventures & not too long. Once you finish reading these, I guarantee, you'll be hooked for life. Speaking of Africa...

SAINT HELENA
This tiny island nation, in the middle of the Atlantic, has the distinction of being the exile home of Napoleon Bonaparte. The BoE did not contract TDLR to issue the islands own currency until 1976 with their first Pound. All of these notes with the exception of a few, are pretty easy to obtain in high grades. [It is likely that with such a tiny population of less than 5000, many notes went straight into dealer's cases]. To get a better understanding of their denominations, check out the Bank Note Museum:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...998)%20Issue

1976-1979:

P-5 FIFTY Pence:
This small (140X60mm) white note has a 40-something QEII portrait on the right and a view of Jamestown harbour, the volcanoes to the left. The reverse has the coat of arms on left & a sailing ship scene on the right, all of which are in an interesting 50 Pence design.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note216871.html

P-6 ONE Pound:
This larger (153X67mm) "Government of St. Helena" 1 has a historical portrait of the island & ships from afar. The note also has more orange-tan under print. This P-6 is what most collectors seek due to its incorrect spelling ANGLAE in motto (on the COA reverse). Issued in 1976, the original 1 can be a bit pricey in high grades due to collector demand.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note224449.html

P-7a,b FIVE Pounds:


The first blue-tinted 5 has a different scene of the island from afar & the first a version has the same defect as P-6. Pictured above is the less expensive & abundant corrected b 1981 version.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note220257.html

P-8a,b TEN Pounds:
The pinkish red 10 with blue & yellow under print has a dramatic circular panelled image which shows off the island and denomination. It has a completely coloured reverse with the COA in the centre. P-8a (1979- different signatures) is much tougher than P-8b (1985).
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note201786.html

1981-1986:

P-9 ONE Pound:

This 1981 corrected Motto 1 is much cheaper but easy to confuse with P-6. Be sure to check the signatures & be wary if you plan to purchase P-6.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note214058.html

P-10 TWENTY Pounds


This largest colourful denomination measures 164 X 85 mm & has a similar design on the reverse as the 10. It was issued in 1986 & is very easy to obtain in high grades.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note234584.html

There is also a newer 1998 series with a similar 5 P-11 & a redesigned 10 & 20 denominations featuring a more mature QEII portraits (resembling Guernsey or later issues from Bahamas). I recommend buying the earlier versions since these are all pretty inexpensive but fairly common.
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SCOTLAND
Whereas all the other nations have had an image of QEII as the royal head of state on the front, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) placed more informal portraits of the queen on the reverse of two Commemorative issues.
Please refer to the Bank Note Museum for details:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...BABN%20Issue

P-362 2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee 5:

This 5 note is readily available on eBay since it was printed & stocked as a numismatic product. For collectors of special prefixes, it has a "TQGJ" prefix. A mature Queen Elizabeth is portrayed informally with a smile rarely seen on the left next to a smaller your formal version on the reverse. Don't expect to pay for it based on scarcity but more as a souvenir of the royal family.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note223780.html

P-368 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee 10:

This 10 note is more readily available on eBay since it was issued as a numismatic product even more recently. For collectors of special prefixes, it has a "TQDJ" prefix (an acronym for "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee"]. The mural of QEII is similar to P-362 but segmented into 4 panels, a smiling present day likeness with 3 further images from her past on the reverse.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note203231.html

As I stated when I began this thread, I did not start collecting world currency with the intention to acquire QEII notes, so these two RBS notes are not in my possession.

Now it only remains to be seen what the RBS next Jubilee issue will be on the 6th of February. I think we can safely speculate that it will be a 20 & likely follow similar design patterns that we saw with P-362 & P-368. Only 3 weeks to go!
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Whereas all the other nations have had an image of QEII as the royal head of state on the front, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) placed more informal portraits of the queen on the reverse of two Commemorative issues.
That is interesting.

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Now it only remains to be seen what the RBS next Jubilee issue will be on the 6th of February. I think we can safely speculate that it will be a 20 & likely follow similar design patterns that we saw with P-362 & P-368. Only 3 weeks to go!
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SEYCHELLES
This archipelago of islands is much like Mauritius which lie 1000 miles (1600k) east of Kenya. The QEII banknotes from the Republic of Seychelles are highly sought after due to a few quirky design elements which I shall cover below. Their longstanding history of honoring royal figureheads can further be seen at the Bank Note Museum:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...Y/SEY.htm#19 54%20Elizabeth%20II%20Issue

1954-1967 QEII issue:
These early QEII notes bear similar designs to both the 1918 KGV & 1943 KGVI series. There is a basic under print with the QEII profile on the right (facing left).

P-11a,b FIVE Rupees:
This pink 5 Rupee note has 2 signature versions that were issued 6 years apart (a 1954 & b 1960). Both are expensive & tough in any condition.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note283457.html

P-12a,b,c,d TEN Rupees:

This bright green & red 10 Rupees had 4 years & 4 versions issued (a-1954; b-1960; c-1963 & d-1967). It is a very tough note to source.

P-13a,b,c,d FIFTY Rupees:
This largest black & white 50 Rupees had the same 4 years issued (& signatures) as P-12. The first 2 versions (a & b) are tough but the last 2 (c & d) are scarce.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note258033.html

1968-1975 QEII Issue:
This series is completely redesigned & arrived near the end of P-12/P-13, which may account for the later dates of the earlier series being so tough to source. This issue adds the 20 & 100 Rupees denominations but are more popular than supply can satisfy.

P-14 FIVE Rupees:

This smallest 5 R denomination has only the one year (1968) & features the Seychelles black parrot. It is very popular & expensive in any grade.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note283458.html

P-15a,b TEN Rupees:

This turquoise blue 10 Rupees is also known as the "SCUM" note for the word that is seen amongst the coral engraving below the sea turtle. Due to the secret message, both a & b (1968 & 1974) versions have become super popular & dear.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note283459.html

P-16a,b,c TWENTY Rupees:
The three versions of the 20 Rupees (a, b & c) has no known secret messages in the design but features the bridled tern next to QEII. Since many World collectors desire the entire set of this series, it too, can be tough/expensive.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note258008.html

P-17a,b,c,d,e FIFTY Rupees:


This 50 Rupees SEX note has quite a fan club & for this reason, it is tough (& continually getting more & more pricey) to acquire in any condition. In the last 4 years I have only seen a few come up for auction & they always hammer at higher than expected prices. For this reason, even specimens are very popular.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note257928.html

P-18a,b,c,d,e ONE HUNDRED Rupees:
This red & white note is quite tough but the 1968 a & 1972 c variations appear to be scarce. These notes are seldom offered but I believe they're not quite as popular as the 50 Rupee "SEX" note. Once again, it is not uncommon to see Colour Trials & Specimens since only tiny numbers of these notes were issued (& demand is that high).
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note257937.html
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This 50 Rupees SEX note has quite a fan club & for this reason, it is tough (& continually getting more & more pricey) to acquire in any condition.
A fine example of Pareidolia.
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SOLOMON ISLANDS
The Solomon Islands are a large group of islands east of Papua New Guinea. They are best known for the epic battle between Commonwealth/US forces against Japan in the battle of Guadalcanal (where the capital is) during WWII. To get a better idea of the issues featuring QEII, it would help to visit the Bank Note Museum:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...%20AUTHORITY

1977 Solomon Island Monetary Authority

P-5 TWO Dollars:


This (139 X 70 mm) light green $2 features QEII on the right & what appears to be local carvings, fishing boats & island motifs throughout a top/bottom horizontal border. The fishing scene on the reverse is quite unique & it only was released for 4 years. This makes P-5 tougher than one would expect for such a modern small denomination.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note221849.html

P-6a,b FIVE Dollars:


This blue $5 is slightly larger (145 X 75mm) and has a local boat scene on the reverse. There are 2 signature varieties (a & b) & the second b version is much tougher than the first. Good luck finding this one!
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note277755.html

P-7a,b TEN Dollars:

The purple $10 is 150 X 80mm & has an engraving of a local lady mending fishing nets on the reverse. It too, has two signature varieties (a & b) with the b variety just as tough to source as P-6. In addition, there are "Z" replacements like the note pictured.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note277756.html

P-8 TWENTY Dollars:
The tan-orange $20 is 153 X 80mm & has an engraving of a ceremonial dance on the reverse. It can be quite tough to source for such a recent (1981) issue. Be careful not to confuse P-8 with P-11!
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note297507.html

1984 Central Bank of Solomon Islands
These notes look identical to the 1977 issue except that "Solomon Island Monetary Authority" has been replaced by "Central Bank of Solomon Islands" below the signatures. There are other subtle differences too, so be sure to check the online resources before you set out to acquire one of these.

P-11 TEN Dollars:
This note looks identical to P-7 except for the "Central Bank" reference, a different set of signatures & the A/2 prefix. Considering how recent (1984) this note was issued, it is surprisingly tough to source.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note297509.html

P-12 TWENTY Dollars:
This note looks identical to P-8 except for the "Central Bank" reference, a different set of signatures but there is NO A/2 prefix (to set it apart). I think it is important to keep in mind that the 1986 series (without QEII portrait) came out only 2 years later, hence the relative toughness trying to source P-12.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note297508.html

Summary:
The Solomon Islands notes, like Fiji, are not that easy to come by in high grades. However, compared to 1970 Fiji notes, they're relatively inexpensive (except perhaps for the higher denominations b varieties & replacements). I really like the large formats of the 1986 successor series (without QEII) high denominations & they can be relatively inexpensive too.
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Excellent!

-Thanks for following this thread 'jbuck!'
And now please... the last QEII nation....

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Like Cyprus & Ceylon, this nation had a single series issued bearing her majesty's portrait. But unlike these 2 colonies, many more examples of high grade examples exist & are for more attainable (& at decent prices). This is probably due to the fact that the 1964 series wasn't revised until 1977 (13 years). To get an better overview of the denominations, signatures & other particulars, check out the Bank Note Museum:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c...NTRAL%20BANK
Also, keep in mind, that like Jamaica, Barbados (& many of the East Caribbean nations), Trinidad & Tobago had the "BeeWee" or the British Caribbean Dollar. To familiarize yourself with this currency (which preceded this 1964 issue), check out:
http://www.banknote.ws/COLLECTION/c.../BCT/BCT.htm

1964 Elizabeth II Issue:
All the notes have the same QEII portrait on the front & treasury or Central bank on the reverse. The backs also have a small oval inset image which is unique to each of the 4 denominations.

P-26a,b,c ONE Dollar:

The red & white $1 had a close up view of the popular Pietro Annigoni portrait in a circular frame. The back shows the treasury building & there are 3 signature variations: "a" for Pierce, b for McLeod & c for Bruce. All the denominations have the first 2 variations (a & b) as the most tricky to obtain. [The 1st Pierce or a signature variation is shown above]
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note215956.html

P-27a,b,c FIVE Dollars:

The green $5 like all the QEII notes discussed, is a mid denomination & thus a bit tougher to acquire in higher grades. The image shows the McLeod or b signature variety.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note212213.html

P-28a,b,c TEN Dollars:

The brown & white $10 gets tougher still (no matter what the signature, though the first 2 remain the scarcest). It seldom comes up for sale & when it does bidding is often quite active. The image above shows the a Bruce signature.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note314333.html

P-29a,b,c TWENTY Dollars:
The $20 looks similar to P-28 ($10) but with a purple tint added & the unique reverse inset image. Once again, this highest denomination is very tough to obtain in any grade since the # issued remained low (& $20 back in the day WAS A LOT OF money to be kept aside as a collector item). Any grade is often sought for P-29.
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/note314197.html

All of Trinidad & Tobago's QEII notes are highly collectible & many often try to source early high denominations (which can be pricey). These are a great note to obtain in any condition when talking about the higher denominations. Good luck finding one!

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All good things must come to an end. It was a good run! Hopefully more will be added to it in time as you acquire more notes or the topic acquires more interest.
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Hopefully more will be added to it in time as you acquire more notes or the topic acquires more interest.


The interest, I believe, could still be there. A lot of people have turned away from their collections as strange world events drag on. People could be 'tuning out' for a wide range of reasons. For one, we are in the middle of a huge pandemic wave which we expected to end some time ago. 2nd) some are transitioning their jobs or feel pressed by other factors. We've also witnessed rampant inflation in the past few months making for an uncertain economic future.

Yes, a lot of people dusted off their collection as they were stuck at home over the past year. This created a bit of a blip in the hobby. But most of the above changing landscape has created a lot of unknown variables which are all a stark contrast to the certainty of previous decades. If collectors have experienced a health, employment or housing crises, then collecting QEII (or any) notes could fall way off their radar. Such regional & world events can make it pretty challenging for some collectors to get motivated to contribute. Just my 2 cents & I just wanted to get this thread documented & I am happy its done & behind me.
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I have quite a few of these I think. Not that I especially collect QE2 notes however, but I do have the Rhodesia and Nyasaland 10 Shillings, 1 and 5 Pound notes. The 10 is really hard to find (or afford).
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Not that I especially collect QE2 notes however, but I do have the Rhodesia and Nyasaland 10 Shillings, 1 and 5 Pound notes.


It sounds like you have quite an impressive collection. I don't have either the 10/-, 1 or 5 for R&N. I did not set out to acquire QEII notes, but I realized I had a few when I started the topic. It's a big topic (almost like pre-Euro) but interesting (I feel).

[PS: If you care to share, we'd love to see]
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