Bank of England – 5 Pound

Great Britain needs no introduction and has Pound as it currency. Pound is still the most expensive 100 unit currency in the world.

Here is a 5 Pound banknote issued by the Bank of England. This is a 2002 dated issue actually from 2004 signed by Andrew Bailey. Pick # 391 c in UNC grade acquired from an auction on the Ebay in the month of July 2012 and arrived from Germany by post to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Since 196o all the banknotes issued by Bank of England has Queen Elizabeth, the Second, on the front right. In 1952, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor succeeded her father, King George VI, to be the Queen of Great Britain. Queen Elizabeth, the Second, has undoubted been one of the only personality of the world who has appeared in banknotes of more than 30 nations (Commonwealth Nations and British Colonies), one of the most appeared personality on the banknotes of the world.

Back of the banknote is depicting Elizabeth Fry, showing her reading to prisoners in Newgate Prison.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry (21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845), née Gurney, was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has sometimes been referred to as the “angel of prisons”. Fry was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane, and she was supported in her efforts by the reigning monarch.

Newgate Prison was a prison in London, at the corner of Newgate Street and Old Bailey just inside the City of London.

It was originally located at the site of Newgate, a gate in the Roman London Wall. The gate/prison was rebuilt in the 12th century, and demolished in 1777.

The prison was extended and rebuilt many times, and remained in use for over 700 years, from 1188 to 1902.

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5 responses to “Bank of England – 5 Pound

  • gold account

    If Elizabeth had married a man who was not a prince or king, that might also have caused problems because other people would have been jealous of her husband. Most people believe that she was in love with Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester. She renewed her friendship with Robert Dudley when they were both prisoners in the Tower of London during Queen Mary’s reign. Elizabeth knew about Robert Dudley’s marriage to a woman called Amy Robsart as she had attended their wedding. After Elizabeth became queen, there was gossip about her friendship with Robert Dudley. Not long afterwards, Amy died in an accident. It seems that she fell down stairs after sending all her servants away, her body was not found until later. Some people said that her husband had arranged for her to be killed so he would be free to marry Queen Elizabeth…some think she committed suicide because of her husband’s attention on the queen. All this gossip made it impossible for Elizabeth to marry him. When Elizabeth found she could not marry the man she loved, she may have decided that she would not marry at all.

  • Gloria Reese

    How much 5 pounds from Bank of England note is worth in U.S. Money
    1780-1845 Elizabeth Fry. I also have 10 pounds note 1809-1882 Charles D. Thank you

    • bnk

      Hi Gloria, My apologies for late reaction. I have been busy with work and lost focus on life i.e. my hobbies. Not sure if you still have the note. If you do please send me a picture and I will try to assess the value for you. It all depends on the condition of the note.

  • okajee

    Hi how much 5 pounds from bank of England note is worth in South African mmoney. 1780_1845. Elizabeth Fry.1780-1845

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