Development begins on new Guernsey banknotes

The States of Guernsey want islanders to suggest ideas to feature on a new set of Guernsey banknotes.

Guernsey’s local currency was first issued more than 200 years.

The latest set of designs, which feature the late Queen Elizabeth II, were introduced in the 1990s.

The States say, with the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III last year, now is the time for an update.

Currency specialists De La Rue, which has a Guernsey-born founder, are involved in the project, but the States are keen to get the community involved.

More details on how islanders can influence the designs will be released later this year, according to the State’s Treasurer, Bethan Haines.

 “Our banknotes reflect the culture, history, natural landscape, architecture and important figures in our Island, and designing a new family of notes is an exciting opportunity to reflect what Guernsey means in the 21st century.

As well as being part of our Island life, our notes always pique the interest of visitors, and they of course appeal to collectors too.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the development of the designs takes shape, to produce something we can all be proud of for the coming decades.”

The new notes are expected to be in circulation by 2027.

Island FM spoke to some people in town, who had some interesting ideas for the new notes:

“I think Castle Cornet and Hanois Lighthouse or the beaches should be featured – they are the sort of things you picture when you think of Guernsey.”

“Victor Hugo or courthouse – maybe put them together and it would be quite nice.

“For me, I think of our Guernsey cows. Or one of the artists like Peter Le Lievre or Naftel.”

Some of Guernsey’s very first banknotes, from the early 1800s.

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