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10 Shillings 1948, Kingdom of Great Britain

in Banknotes Book Number: BE26с
Years of issue: 10.1948
Edition: --
Signatures: Chief Cashier: Mr. Kenneth Oswald Peppiatt (in office from 1934 till 1949)
Serie: England
Specimen of: 11.1928
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 138 х 78
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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10 Shillings 1948



watermarkBritannia. On sides of banknote are wavy lines.


10 Shillings 1948

On left side is Britannia.

Britannia is an ancient term for Roman Britain and also a female personification of the island. The name is Latin, and derives from the Greek form Prettanike or Brettaniai, which originally designated a collection of islands with individual names, including Albion or Great Britain; however, by the 1st century BC Britannia came to be used for Great Britain specifically. In AD 43 the Roman Empire began its conquest of the island, establishing a province they called Britannia, which came to encompass the parts of the island south of Caledonia (roughly Scotland). The native Celtic inhabitants of the province are known as the Britons. In the II century, Roman Britannia came to be personified as a goddess, armed with a trident and shield and wearing a Corinthian helmet.

The Latin name Britannia long survived the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and yielded the name for the island in most European and various other languages, including the English Britain and the modern Welsh Prydain. After centuries of declining use, the Latin form was revived during the English Renaissance as a rhetorical evocation of a British national identity. Especially following the Acts of Union in 1707, which joined the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, the personification of the martial Britannia was used as an emblem of British imperial power and unity.

Denomination is on right side.


10 Shillings 1948


On background are the acanthus leaves.

The acanthus is one of the most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration.

The decoration is made by analogy with the herbaceous plant of acanthus acanthus family, native to the Mediterranean. The shape of its leaves, with a few sharp edges, resembling a bear's paw, was the basis for the drawing.

Acanthus often represents life and immortality.

Denominations are on left and right sides.


Designer: W.M. Keesey and others.

peppiattChief Cashier to the Bank of London, Kenneth Oswald Peppiatt, signing the Bank Returns Statement.

Kenneth Oswald Peppiatt was the 20th Chief Cashier holding the post between 1934 and 1945. Born in 1893, educated at Bancroft’s School, he joined the bank in 1911. He fought in the 1st World War, was wounded twice and won the Military Cross for his efforts. He was knighted in 1941, became Executive Director in 1949 and retired from the Bank of England in 1957, after which he became a non-executive director at "Coutts Bank".

Kenneth Oswald Peppiatt died on 12 May 1983, aged 90. (