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10 Pounds Sterling 1975, Guernsey

in Banknotes Book Number: GU51
Years of issue: 1975
Signatures: States Treasurer: Mr. C.D. Hodder
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1975
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 x 90
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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10 Pounds Sterling 1975




10 Pounds Sterling 1975

Britannia is a personified symbol of Great Britain.

It is represented in the form of a young woman in a Corinthian helmet with a stamp and trident (pelis) of Poseidon in his hand.

The image of Britain appeared during the Roman Caesars. Next to her, usually a lion.

The coat of arms or seal of Gernsy is one of the state symbols of the British crown possession of Hernssey.

The coat of arms (seal) Gernssey is a red shield, which depicts three British lions. Upstairs of the coat of arms in the center depicts a golden sprout. At the same time resembles the coats of arms of Normandy, England and Jersey.


10 Pounds Sterling 1975

Isaak Brock Isaak Brock

The engraving on banknote is made after this miniature, by Philip Jean, of Sir Isaak Brock in young age, made in 1785.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock KB (6 October 1769 – 13 October 1812) was a British Army officer and colonial administrator from Guernsey. Brock was assigned to Lower Canada in 1802. Despite facing desertions and near-mutinies, he commanded his regiment in Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) successfully for many years. He was promoted to major general, and became responsible for defending Upper Canada against the United States. While many in Canada and Britain believed war could be averted, Brock began to ready the army and militia for what was to come. When the War of 1812 broke out, the populace was prepared, and quick victories at Fort Mackinac and Detroit defeated American invasion efforts.

Brock's actions, particularly his success at Detroit, earned him a knighthood, membership in the Order of the Bath, accolades and the sobriquet "The Hero of Upper Canada". His name is often linked with that of the Native American leader Tecumseh, although the two men collaborated in person only for a few days. Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights, which the British won.

Battle of Queenston Heights Battle of Queenston Heights

On banknote are the elements of the painting "The Battle of Queenston Heights" by eyewitness James B. Dennis, in 1866, depicts the unsuccessful American landing on 13 October 1812. The village of Queenston is in the right foreground, with Queenston Heights behind. Lewiston is in the left foreground.

The Battle of Queenston Heights was the first major battle in the War of 1812 and resulted in a British victory. It took place on 13 October 1812, near Queenston, Upper Canada (the present-day province of Ontario). It was fought between United States regulars and New York militia forces led by Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer, and British regulars, York and Lincoln militia and Mohawk warriors led by Major General Isaac Brock, and Major General Roger Hale Sheaffe, who took command when Brock was killed.

The battle was fought as the result of an American attempt to establish a foothold on the Canadian side of the Niagara River before campaigning ended with the onset of winter. This decisive battle was the culmination of a poorly managed American offensive and may be most historically significant for the loss of the British commander.

Despite their numerical advantage and the wide dispersal of British forces defending against their invasion attempt, the Americans, who were stationed in Lewiston, New York, were unable to get the bulk of their invasion force across the Niagara River due to the work of British artillery and reluctance on the part of the undertrained and inexperienced American militia. As a result, British reinforcements arrived and defeated the unsupported American forces, forcing them to surrender.


The pound is the currency of Guernsey. Since 1921, Guernsey has been in currency union with the United Kingdom and the Guernsey pound is not a separate currency but is a local issue of banknotes and coins denominated in pound sterling, in a similar way to the banknotes issued in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It can be exchanged at par with other sterling coinage and notes.