Guernsey issues its own sterling notes and coins as the legal tender of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which is readily accepted throughout the Channel Islands but not usually beyond our Islands. The circulation of Guernsey notes and coins is approximately £54 million.
FIRST ISSUED IN TO CIRCULATION: March 1996
COLOUR: Multicolour – predominantly Brown
SIZE: 135mm x 70mm
The seal of the Bailiwick is surrounded by a laurel wreath, printed on a bronze background, and is positioned in the lower centre of the note, to the left of an engraved portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The title ‘THE STATES OF GUERNSEY’ is at the top of the note.
The denomination ‘£5’ is shown in the top right and bottom left corners. The written value and promissory clause is central, above the facsimile signature of the States Treasurer. A vignette of the Town Church, St Peter Port is below, and a vignette of a Guernsey lily is next to the signature. A novel style vertical serial number with figures of increasing size is positioned down the left side, with a horizontal serial number at the bottom right. The lifeboat ‘Euphrosyne Kendal’ is in the upper left corner.
The title ‘THE STATES OF GUERNSEY’ is at the top of the note. An illustration of Fort Grey is to the left of centre, with the Hanois Lighthouse to the right. A Camellia flower is in the lower left corner. The denomination ‘£5’ is in the top left and bottom right corners. The lifeboat ‘Euphrosyne Kendal’ is in the upper right corner.
Guernsey Post is able to sell the notes on behalf of the States of Guernsey through its Philatelic Bureau department. The notes are uncirculated and in mint condition.