Peppiatt Wartime £1 NOTE

During the Second World War, Nazi Germany used prisoners of war to produce very high quality forgeries of Bank of England notes. In 1940, the colour of the £1 and 10/- notes were changed to blue and mauve respectively and a metal security strip was inserted into the paper. This strip was the invention of Mr. S B Chamberlain, general manager of the Bank’s printing works.

After the War, the Bank returned to the traditional colours for the £1 and 10/- notes but retained the security thread, except for one issue which used paper stock-piled before the War.