Monday, August 8, 2016

Southern Nigeria 1909 Unissued Proof Banknotes

Southern Nigeria (1900 – 1914) was ruled by British,and pound sterling was the official currency till 1913. British West African pound was used from 1913-14.

In 1909, there was a proposal to Introduce a new currency for "Southern Nigeria", and the order was given to British Banknotes printing company De La Rue. Unfortunately the work was stopped for unknown reason at the initial designing stage itself and British pounds were continued to use till 1913.

No notes ever issued for Southern Nigeria. The printers archival photographs of proofs, including the five designs for the front of the five proposed denominations, and seven alternate designs for the back, were sold at Spink & Son April 10-12, 2013 auctions for 4000 GBP (about $5200).

 

Front of 10 Shillings note

 

Front of 1 Pound note

 

Back of 10 Shillings and 1 Pound notes (version 1)

 

Back of 10 Shillings and 1 Pound (version 2)

 

Front of 5 Pounds note

 

Front of 10 Pounds note

 

Back of 5 and 10 Pounds note (version 1)

 

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Back of 5 and 10 Pounds note (version 2)

 

Front of 50 Pounds note

 

Back of 50 Pounds note (version 1)

 

Back of 50 Pounds note (version 2)

 

Back of 50 Pounds note (version 3)

 

info courtesy of Ram Kumar

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