Forgery - notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

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Date:20th of October 1810

Description:As concern spreads across the Potteries, this notice guides traders and townspeople in how to recognise a forged £1 note.

In the early 1800s not all bank notes were issued by the Bank of England; these forgeries are notes of The Old Bank, Newcastle, which all share a single number and date:

3671 23 September 1809

Other tell-tale signs include:

  • Paper without stamps;

  • Poorly executed engraving;

  • Blue ink that runs.

  • The real notes feature:

  • Brown ink;

  • A fourpenny stamp impressed upon them.

  • A conviction of the guilty party will bring a £100 reward to anybody who can offer the crucial piece of information.

    Burslem pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood, who collected this document, figures amongst the names of men seeking to investigate; in those days, there was as yet no police force to lead the investigation.

    The notice is signed off by Thomas Kinnersly, who chaired the bank.


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