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Jersey's bank notes

New banknotes

The current set of banknotes has been in circulation for more than twenty years and was in need of updated security features. The States of Jersey took the opportunity to redesign the notes and highlight different aspects of Jersey's diverse architecture, history and culture at the same time.

Using old bank notes

Yes. The old style notes will continue to circulate alongside the new notes and will be removed from circulation gradually.

How to buy an unused set of notes

You can buy sets of new notes, in mint condition, for their face value plus a small administration charge from Jersey Post

Designed to help visually impaired people

The notes have been designed to ensure visually impaired people can handle them with confidence.

For instance, the notes differ in size, getting larger according to their value. Each note of a different value has its own striking colour and a bold, enlarged numeral on both the front and back of the note.

The banknotes are printed with tactile, raised print and smooth holograms on the £10, £20 and £50 banknotes. This helps make them easy to identify by touch.

How to check a note is genuine

The easiest way to recognise the banknote is to feel its texture. When you run your finger over the States of Jersey title and the number, the ink should feel raised. The paper should be crisp and not limp, waxy or shiny.

Check two or three of the below features to be sure that a note is genuine. Always check a suspect note against one that you know to be genuine - any differences will be more noticeable.

Bank note features to check for £1 £5 £10 £20 £50
When you hold the note up to the light, the watermark of the Jersey cow will come into view. X X X X X
The watermark also has a particularly light area, the electrotype. The value of the note will appear as a highlight against the watermark. X X X X X
Watermark bars can also be found in the corners of the banknote. These are referred to as cornerstone, and are designed to strengthen the corners of the note against wear and tear. X X X X X
Beneath the watermark is a see-through feature which is a map of Jersey. If you view this image against the light, it will fill in with colour from the reverse of the banknote. X X X X X
The security thread is visible only as silver dashes when the note is laid flat. When the banknote is held up to the light, the thread should show as a continuous line running through the note on the right hand side when viewed from the front. X X X X X
There is a patch hologram. The hologram bears a central image which changes according to the viewing angle. From some angles the Island of Jersey can be seen and from other the States of Jersey crest. Each hologram has a repeating background pattern of La Corbiere lighthouse intermixed with the value of the note.     X X X
The edges of the hologram are demetallised with the word Jersey, and each hologram is overprinted with a small amount of intaglio ink.     X X X

Features and design

As is traditional in Jersey, the front of the new notes bear a hand-engraved, intaglio (an image incised or cut into a surface) portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the words 'States of Jersey' above the Island crest.

The reverse of each note carries the banknote's value in both numbers and words (in both French and Jèrriais), the words 'États de Jersey', and the twelve parish crests.

For this new series, different aspects of Jersey’s architecture, history and culture are highlighted. The central designs on both the front and back of the notes feature important local architectural and sculptural landmarks.

Those featured on the new bank notes are:

  • Le Hocq Tower in St Clement on the £1 note
  • Archirondel Tower at St Catherine’s Bay on the £5 note
  • Seymour Tower offshore in Grouville Bay on the £10 note
  • La Rocco Tower at St Ouen’s Bay on the £20 note
  • Ouaisne Tower at Ouaisne Bay on the £50 note

Damaged banknote

Damaged notes can be returned to the cashiers at Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street for exchange, providing one full serial number and parts of the other serial numbers are visible (these are the letters and numbers printed on the left and right hand side located on the front of the note).

If part of the note is missing which includes one of the serial numbers, you'll need to complete a damaged note form. The value of the note determines the length of time before reimbursement will be made. If a £1 note has been submitted this will be retained for a period of one month and any higher value notes for three months. Should the missing part with the complete serial number be presented by another person during this time then both parties will be advised that they will each receive half the value of the note.

Commemorative coins

Westminster Collection is the company who administers our commemorative coin issues. In the past, these programs have included a variety of themes such as historical events, anniversaries and famous people.

You can order commemorative coins from Westminster Collection by completing their online order form.

Westminster Collection website

Banknotes no longer in circulation

If you have any old Jersey money from either series A (1963) or series B (1976), you can exchange these for face value at your local bank or the cashiers at Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street.

New notes information and images leaflet
New notes: security features guide
Origins of Jersey currency guide

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