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Bank Note - 5 Bristol Pounds, Bristol, England, 2012 Reg. No: NU 48835
- One of a souvenir set of four Bristol Pounds, uncirculated, first print edition, issued in September 2012, by the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company (CIC). Expires September 30, 2015.
The Bristol Pound is an alternative currency, developed to boost the local economy of Bristol, England. Local businesses can sign up to the scheme. As well as using paper money, customers can open electronic accounts. The bank notes are not legal tender and are legally considered to be vouchers. Other British alternative currencies were used in Brixton, Lewes, Stroud and Totnes.
The bank notes were used in designs by local artists, with local content. The Bristol Pound website states: 'Each of the designs captures something of Bristol's character, celebrating its commitment to greener living, its cultural diversity, its creative spirit and its technological heritage.' The symbol for the Bristol Pound resembles a Pound Sterling symbol converted into the letter B.
The 5 Bristol Pound note features 'St Paul's Carnival' by photographer Mark Simmons, and 'Graffiti Tiger' by Alex Lucas. 'Grafiti Tiger' uses a quote 'O Liberty!', from the poem 'Slavery' by Hannah More (1745-1833)
- Printed paper note in with two security features as part of the design. The colours are predominantly pink.
- Statement Of Significance:
- Community or alternative currencies are not a new idea. Other British cities and overseas cities have produced them. The Bristol Pound has been promoted using social media, and even has an online shop. The intention of the currency is to promote local business, and to maintain the diversity and identity of the city. There is a desire for autonomy in the context of the economic downturn in Britain and the Eurozone generally. Two of the notes commemorate Hannah More, an anti-slavery campaigner.
|Dimensions:||7.2 mm (Height), 13.5 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||retailing, commerce, economics, carnivals, graffiti, tigers, currencies, slavery|
|Themes this item is part of:||Cultural Diversity Collection, Leisure Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||PAPER MONEY|
|Secondary Classification:||Great Britain - England|
|Tertiary Classification:||alternative currencies|
|Denomination:||5 Bristol Pounds|
|Obverse Description:||Main design features a photograph of two girls at St Paul's Carnival.Two security features are superimposed on the design, in the shape of a round Bristol Pound symbol and a gorilla.
In the left margin , 5/FIVE /BRISTOL/ POUNDS, issuing details, serial number, expiry date, People of Bristol in script, pink Bristol Pound symbol with MONEY THAT STAYS IN BRISTOL around; gold and white box with serial number .On right margin, ARTWORK CONTRIUBUTED/ BY MARK SIMMONS.
|Reverse Description:||'Graffiti tiger', an drawing of a tiger wearing a hoodie painting 'O Liberty!' on a wall.
In the left margin , 5 /FIVE/BRISTOL/ POUNDS, and People of Bristol in script. At right , faint pink lines with phrases in tiny lettering OUR CITY OUR MONEY OUR FUTURE/ UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR CHANGE/ NURTURING GREEN OPEN SPACES. On right margin, ARTWORK CONTRIBUTED BY ALEX LUCAS /'O LIBERTY' QUOTE FROM SLAVERY, A POEM/BY HANNAH MORE.
|Issued By:||Bristol Pound Community Interest Company (CIC), Bristol, Great Britain, 2012|
|Issued By:||Bristol Credit Union, Bristol, Great Britain, 2012|
|Artist:||Alex Lucas, Great Britain, 2012|
|Artist:||Mark Simmons, Great Britain, 2012|
|Person Named:||Hannah More, Bristol, Great Britain, 2012|
More, Hannah . Slavery. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182503