The new notes have designs featuring some significant either historical, architectural or cultural view of the Island. The notes have the monetary value written on them in English, French and Jerraise and the twelve parish crests are featured on the back. The old Bank note design has been in circulation since 1989 and the new design will give our island currency an up to date look incorporating new bank note technology.
The £1 note
The new Jersey £1 note is printed in ‘Fresh Green’ it features the “Monument to Freedom” sculpture from Liberation Square on the front.
On the back is the entrance to the Neolithic ritual site and passage grave at La Hougue Bie.
The Martello tower featured on the £1 not is the Le Hocq Tower in St Clements.
The value of the not is written as ONE POUND on the front, UNE LIVRE and UN LOUIS on the back.
The £5 note
The new Jersey £5 note is printed in ‘Sky Blue’ and features the 16th century National Trust property, Le Rat Cottage on the front.
On the back is Les Augres Manor the home of Durrell Wildlife Conservation.
The Martello Tower pictured on the £5 note is Archirondel Tower in St Catherine’s Bay.
The value of the note is written as FIVE POUNDS on the front, CINQ LIVRES and CHÎN LOUIS on the back.
The words “Etats de Jersey” are written on the Bank notes this is from the original language of Jersey “Jerraise” and has been included as a reminder of Jersey heritage.
The £10 note
The new Jersey £10 note is printed in ‘Burnt Sienna’ and features the Hermitage at Elizabeth Castle on the front.
On the back of the £10 note is the Lalique glass sculptures from St Matthew’s Church.
The Martello Tower pictures on the back of the £10 note is Seymour Tower in Grouville Bay.
The Value of the note is written as TEN POUNDS on the front, DIX LIVRES and DGIÊX LOUIS on the back
On the front of all the notes is an image of Queen Elizabeth II based on a photograph taken by Mark Lawrence. The crest of the States of Jersey sits beneath the image of the Queen and the different value notes feature different Martello Towers and are different colours and sizes depending on the value.
The £20 note
The new £20 note is printed in ‘Cool Violet’ and features the island’s parliament building known locally as “The States”.
On the back of the £20 note is the interior of “The States” Parliament Building.
The Value of the note is written as TWENTY POUNDS on the front, VINGT LIVRES and VÎNGT LOUIS on the back.
Jersey Bank Notes have always been part of the identity of Jersey and since April 2010 new Jersey bank notes are slowly replacing the old Jersey bank notes. At some stage all the old bank notes will be replaced and we will only have the new ones in circulation.
The £50 note
The new Jersey £50 note is printed in ‘Cherry Red’ and features Mont Orgueil also called Gorey Castle
On the back of the £50 note is a picture of the houses on the island of Marotiere on Les Ecrehous.
The Martello Tower featured on the £50 note is Ouaisné Tower at Ouaisné Bay.
The value of the note is written as FIFTY POUNDS on the front, CINQUANTE LIVRES and CHÎNQUANTE LOUIS on the back.
The new £10, £20 and £50 notes also have holograms with two images either the States of Jersey crest or a map of the island depending on which angle you look at the hologram.
There is a Jersey cow watermark in all the notes. Modern materials are used and the notes are made from cotton which has a metal thread running through it to help prevent forgery
There is also the signature of the Treasurer of the States and a serial number which is down the right hand side and along the bottom left hand side. The number increases in size with each successive number both along the bottom and down the side..
Handling and looking at the bank notes is part of the experience of visiting any country and I pleased to say the holiday experience in Jersey will be just that little bit better with the New Jersey Bank notes.