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Currency notes designed by Edmund Blampied


During the Second World War the Island of Jersey was occupied by the Germans. Islanders continued to use British currency but it gradually ran out as German soldiers kept the silver coins as souvenirs and the paper currency wore out. In late 1941 Edmund Blampied was asked to design bank notes for the Island in denominations of 6 pence (6d), 1 shilling (1/-), 2 shillings (2/-), 10 shillings (10/-) and 1 pound (£1). All the bank notes that I have seen which are signed by Blampied give the same date, April 20 1942, the date the currency was issued.

The difficulties experienced by banks in the Channel Islands during the war are described in: John Wadsworth (1948). In Duty Bound. A story of banking in the Channel Islands during the Occupation: 1940 - 1945. London: Midland Bank Limited. The cover of this booklet was designed by Edmund Blampied.

The images below are all in proportion to each other in size.




Six pence currency note

Date: April 1942

Dimensions: 69 x 108 mm

Signed: no

Publisher: States of Jersey

Watermark: thick chain

Number printed: at least 644,403 (highest number seen)


Notes: It is said that when this was folded, it showed a 'V' for Victory sign, a symbol of resistance to occupation.

The design for the note can be seen here.


Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)



Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)




One shilling currency note

Date: April 1942

Dimensions: 69 x 108 mm

Signed: Blampied, verso

Publisher: States of Jersey

Watermark: thick chain

Number printed: 100,000 (highest number seen, sold at auction in 2020)


Notes: The design for the note can be seen here.


Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)



Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)




Two shillings currency note

Date: 1942

Dimensions: 83 x 128 mm

Signed: Blampied, verso lower left

Publisher: States of Jersey

Watermark: thick chain

Number printed: max number seen 143,029 (see left)


Notes: This replaced a 2/- note issued in June 1941. The design for the note can be seen here.


Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)



Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)




Ten shillings currency note

Date: 1942

Dimensions: 83 x 128 mm

Signed: Blampied 1941, verso lower right

Publisher: States of Jersey

Watermark: thick chain

Number printed: 26,000


Notes: The design for the note can be seen here.


Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)



Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)




One pound currency note

Date: 1942

Dimensions: 83 x 128 mm

Signed: Blampied 1941, verso

Publisher: States of Jersey

Watermark: thick chain

Number printed: 11,000


Notes: The design for the note can be seen here.

A £1 note was issued in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Liberation which reproduced on the back the Occupation £1 note.


Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)



Image of banknote

Front of banknote (click to enlarge)