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Jersey's banknotes have been given a new look
Jersey bank notes
The banknotes will have new colours and images

The five Jersey banknotes are being given a fresh new look for the first time since 1989.

The redesigned notes, launched at an event in February 2010 went into general circulation in April 2010.

The notes highlight different aspects of architecture, history and culture in the island and a new image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

They will also feature the numbers in English, French and Jèrrias and the 12 parish crests.

Jersey earns an income from local notes in circulation and in 2008 they generated £3.7 million for the Treasury.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the Jersey 50 note
The new notes will be on display at the Jersey Museum from Wednesday 23 February to the end of March.

The displays will also be at the Airport, Fort Regent, several banks, retail outlets and schools over the coming months.

"When we issue Jersey notes, banks pay the States for that cash; these payments are then invested and in 2008 this generated £3.7 million for the Island.

"So when we use the newly designed bank notes, we are also helping to pay for our essential services, like Health and Education," said Ian Black, States Treasurer.

The islands native language, Jèrriais will feature on all of the notes in the value and the words États de Jersey.

Treasury and Resources Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, said that he hopes the inclusion of Jèrriais will help to revive the local language.

"For the first time you can see the value of each note written in French as well as in Jèrriais.

"I hope this will contribute to the regeneration of Jersey's local language and help those of us who grew up in a Jèrriais speaking household to reacquaint ourselves with our traditional language," said Senator Ozouf.

The notes will gradually replace the old ones, which will be withdrawn from circulation as they reach the end of their useful life.

The front of each note will feature an image of Queen Elizabeth II, a hand engraved intaglio portrait based on a photograph by Mark Lawrence.

It will have the crest of the States of Jersey beneath the image of the Queen and there will be central vignettes on the front and back featuring important Jersey landmarks.

The notes also include hand engraved images of the various Jersey Round Towers - built between 1780 and 1801 to protect the island from invasion.

1 note
The 1 note is in Fresh Green

The £1 note

The new look £1 note is in 'Fresh Green' and features the Monument to Freedom sculpture, seen in Liberation Square on the front.

The Neolithic ritual site of La Hougue Bie, built over 4000 years ago is on the back.

There is also an image of Le Hocq Tower in St Clement on the £1 note.

This will also feature the words: ONE POUND, UNE LIVRE and UN LOUIS.

5 note
The 5 note is in Sky Blue

The £5 note

The new £5 note is in 'Sky Blue' and shows two important Jersey houses, the 16th century National Trust property, Le Rat Cottage on the front.

And on the back Les Augres Manor, home to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is shown.

The £5 note also features Archirondel Tower at St Catherine's Bay.


10 note
The 10 note is in Burnt Sienna

The £10 note

The new look £10 note is in 'Burnt Sienna' and features the Hermitage at Elizabeth Castle on the front.

On the back is the unique Lalique glass sculptures that are in St Matthew's Church, St Lawrence.

Seymour Tower offshore in Grouville Bay is also features on the £10 note.

On the £10 note see TEN POUND, DIX LIVRES and DGIÊX LOUIS.

20 note
The 20 note is in Cool Violet

The £20 note

The new £20 note is in 'Cool Violet' and shows the island's parliament building, The States.

The the exterior view of the building is on the front and the interior is shown on the back.

La Rocco Tower at St Ouen's Bay is featured on the £20 note.


The 50 note
The 50 note is in Cherry Red

The £50 note

The new £50 note is in 'Cherry Red' and includes the outline of the medieval castle of Mont Orgueil on the front.

On the back the Les Ecrehous feature, with the houses on the island of Marotiere.

Ouaisné Tower at Ouaisné Bay is also on the £50 note.


Security measures

As well as a new look the islands bank notes will feature increased security measures to make forgery more difficult.

The higher value notes feature a hologram for the first time

The paper the notes is made from is made of 100% cotton to ensure stregnth and give them a characteristic feel.

There is also a watermark of the Jersey cow and a thread which shows a complex demetallised pattern when viewed against natural light.

The notes also used a technology called 'Cornerstone' which increases the density of paper in the four corners which also eases their use in cash machines.

There will also be holograms on the £10, £20 and £50 notes.

The central image changes according to the viewing angle. From some angles you will see the island of Jersey and others the States of Jersey crest.

Each hologram has a repeating background pattern of La Corbiere lighthouse and the denominational value - switching colour as the hologram is tilted.

Each new note will also feature the signature of the Treasurer of the States, currently Ian Black and its own serial number.

Have your say
What do you think of the new look Jersey banknotes? Have they got the colours right? Did they need changing at all?

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St Lawrence

Not one person seems to know why we added the Crown? The reason we have never put a crown on the Queen's head, on the old notes, is that she is wearing the Duke of Normandy dress. Take a look at how the top brass are assigned to Jersey by the Royal Family and this will explain the Duke of Normandy link... The Crown is a mistake a BIG mistake and I wouldn't be surprised if all notes were recalled and no one will claim responsobility as per usual!

Perry, St John

With anything new like this, there will always be a requirement for people to 'get used' to the thing that's new. That said, I'm not impressed with the design, layout including the text or colour schemes used. The new notes may be more difficult to duplicate and forge but are ugly, rather ordinary and 'cheap' looking - especially when compared to the notes they are replacing, which in contrast, look quite professional and tasteful. An opportunity missed by the Jersey Treasury methinks.

Ryan (Host)

Michael - they are actually different sizes, it's just the way I've cropped them to get them into the default sizes we have to use for images that make them look the same.

Michael, ex-St Ouen

They all look the same size, which is a big mistake. People who are hard of sight will find them very difficult if they are.

Angela, St Clement

Can anyone explain to me why the Queen is now wearing her crown on our banknotes, when for decades she has not??

Laura, St John

I personally like these new notes the colours are warm and definitely stand out better then the current ones. It like they are trying to fuse modern (colours, cash-point friendly corners :D) along with the traditional (pictures of heritage sites like Gorey Castle) even bringing back Jèrriais into everybody's daily lives. it's literally jersey on a 100% cotton strip.

Thomas, St Albans, Herts

I'm not sure why the value is given in French, and in larger letters than the value in Jerriais. I'd rather have had just Jerriais on the reverse. Otherwise - not bad.

M Alexander, London

It is common practise for Central Banks and banknote issuing authorities to change the design of their banknotes every ten - twenty years to do two important things.

One, to incorporate new security features which keep the banknotes in your pocket safer and two, when there is a living person portrayed on currency, it is custom to update their image as well as incorporating changes or amendments such as language or a name change.

Jersey has done just this with newer security features, a new portrait and the addition of the Island's native language being featured with the note's denominations.

The notes look nice from what I can see and as someone who studies currency, I look forward to seeing the new notes "in person".

Phil, St Saviour

They look great but next time can we make them waterproof like the Australian bank notes. It'll save me at least a tenner each year through money laundry!?

Stephen, Grouville

I like the £50 note and I hope see many in my hands!

Vic, France

Its nice to see "La duc de Normandie" bless her united with le patois Jerriais, and making les sou d Jerri, acceptable to all les vrai Crapeau.

Nick, St Saviour

Oh Dear god what the hell is going on here. Is this yet another case of the old idiots running the island thinking they know what's best?

Tacky, i think that is how i would describe them, because they look like monopoly money for a jersey themed addition to the board game franchise.

They may be beautifully designed, but i honestly see no point in the states treasury commissioning the design of new notes, when the notes in circulation work wonderfully well in their sole purpose of being money.

I do wonder if this is yet another gimmick to try and attract more visitors to the islands. "Look at our new money!! Isn't it great?" Now come spend it on pointless tat at our many tourist attractions on this miss marketed and poorly run island.

And no I'm not a grumpy old man, just a fed up university student


Congratulations to the Treasury! Beautiful designed notes, I can not await to have them in my hands. Remarkable that the notes follow the colour scheme of the Bank of England notes. The "sky blue" fiver looks best!!

Jersey earns an income from local notes in circulation and in 2008 they generated £3.7 million for the Treasury. Well, then you can print every five years a new note series. What about the announced £100 note?

Robert, Preston, England

Everytime I visit Jersey I find it a nuisance to have a load of Jersey notes and coins and having to exchange it into Bank of England on the ferry back or change the notes at the bank, they do not accept the coins though and I am therefore loosing money. The same when I go to Scotland and it is even more confusing there when three banks issue their own notes. I think Jeresy and the whole of the UK should join the Euro and there will be less hassle all around, especially that a spanish bank Santander is becoming a big player in UK banking.

David, St Helier

Look at the old notes and how the Queen's picture has changed over the years.

I love the look of the new notes.

Lizzy, St Ouen

The notes do look great, I can't disagree. But, and I mean this with the utmost respect, how long will Queen Elizabeth be Queen for? Should we not have waited for the new monarch who no doubt will be on the throne in only a few years?

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