Saturday, September 19, 2015

Scots printer forged his way into history by adding his signature to 50 million bank notes after carving it onto printing plate

APPRENTICE WH Egan subtly forged his name on the vignette used to make £1 notes for the Royal Bank of Scotland - and the indiscretion only came to light 34 years later.

A CHEEKY Scots printer had his name signed on more than 50 million bank notes after carving it onto the master printing plate.

Apprentice WH Egan subtly forged his name on the vignette used to make £1 notes for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

He worked for Edinburgh printers W&AK Johnston, who produced paper notes for RBS.

Between 1956 and 1967, the firm issued in excess of 50 million of the notes - which had Egan’s signature hidden in cobblestones in front of an image of the Bank of Glasgow building.

He was given the job of re-drawing the worn-out metal printing plate for the £1 note that was first issued in 1927.

His name is only visible by turning the note upside down, and peering closely at it using a magnifying glass.

The indiscretion only came to light in 1989 - 34 years later - when Egan walked into a branch and confessed.

The notes are described as ‘curiosity items’ but are not very valuable as so many of them were printed off between 1956 to 1967.

Two of them will be going on display to the public next month at the World Paper Money Fair, which is being held in London.

The Fair is being organised by the International Bank Note Society.

Society director, Jonathan Callaway said: “You can’t see his name very easily - you would have to know it was there - and nobody realised what he had done.

“He must have thought that somebody would spot his personal addition before the printing process but, maybe to his horror, it got through the quality control process.

“I suppose by that stage he felt he had no choice but to keep quiet and hope nobody would realise.

“The company would have had to re-engrave the plate again which would have been a fairly expensive business and he probably would have been sacked.

“At least 50 million of the notes with his name on were printed and distributed around Scotland and England.

“Quite why he chose to admit to it so many years later, I don’t know. Maybe it was something he wanted to get off his chest before he died.”

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Egan had emigrated to America, and was back in Scotland to visit his family who still live in Edinburgh, when he confessed.

After being granted an audience with an RBS Chief Cashier, Egan pointed out his indiscretion - which hadn’t been spotted before he coughed up.

Family members have since joked the printing incident wasn’t why he emigrated to America before settling in Canada.

The first of the notes with Egan’s signature was printed on February 1, 1956, and had serial numbers beginning with ‘AJ’. The last one has the number ‘CX’ and is dated Novemner 1, 1967.

The World Paper Money Fair is being held on October 2-3.

Courtesy David Taylor, Daily Record, 17 September 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Canada honors the Queen's historic reign with a 20 Dollar commemorative banknote

Bank of Canada is commemorating the historic reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a special edition of a crisp new $20 polymer bill. 40 million of the commemorative notes will be issued starting tomorrow.

Unlike any other Canadian bank note, in this 2015 edition, the queen is shown wearing a crown.

The portrait placed in the note’s window is based on a 1951 picture by Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh about 6 months after the Queens accession to the throne.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Romantic message on banknote reunites lost lovers

Scrawled on a €20 note in the hope of reuniting with a lost love by someone called Megan, the message rapidly went viral yesterday

They say money can't buy love - but it can certainly help track it down.

A lovelorn message penned by a young Irish woman on a €20 note in the hope of reuniting with a lost love rapidly went viral yesterday, prompting an internet search for the mysterious man in question.

The note penned in blue ink reads: “Christy, it’s always been you! Come and find me - Megan x”.

Meath woman Denise O’Reilly was stunned to find the €20 when she opened her purse on Sunday morning, reports the Irish Mirror.

Romantic Denise, who works at Supervalu, Kells, immediately posted a photo of the money in the hope of reuniting the two lost loves.

She wrote on Facebook: “Found this in my purse this morning! Ah Christy, she loves you! Go get your girl. Come on people and share.”

The post has been shared over 15,000 times - and amazingly, seems to have reached the man Megan was so desperate to find.

A young, Dublin-based musician named Christy posted on the supermarket worker’s page, saying, “hey, just quick update: I’ve been in touch with Megan and its all good.

"Thanks so much for posting.”

We bet €20 this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship...

Courtesy Mirror, 28 August 2015