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5 Shillings 1937, Bermuda

in Krause book Number: 8b
Years of issue: 1937
Signatures: Assistant colonial treasurer: Mr. Gerald Leroy Younge, Colonial treasurer: Mr. John Trimingham
Serie: 1937 Issue
Specimen of: 12.05.1937
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 140 х 70
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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5 Shillings 1937




Word "Bermuda" and Arabesque pattern.

The Arabesque used as a term in European art, including Byzantine art, is, on one definition, a decorative motif comprising a flowing and voluted formalistic acanthus composition. It is generally simpler than the Arabesque in Islamic art, and does not involve elements that cross over each other.


5 Shillings 1937

HM The King George VI.

The portrait appears to have been taken specifically for coins and postage stamps, which traditionally show the profile of the monarch.

Under, in the frame, is harbor of Hamilton.


The engraving on banknote is, probably, made from the photo, taken from same point of view - Hamilton Cathedral.


At the bottom, right and left of frame are flowers of Oleander.

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive Olea.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners, in words are in center.


5 Shillings 1937

The Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. These arms are used by the Queen in her official capacity as monarch of the United Kingdom, and are officially known as her Arms of Dominion. Variants of the Royal Arms are used by other members of the Royal Family; and by the British government in connection with the administration and government of the country. In Scotland, the Queen has a separate version of the Royal Arms, a variant of which is used by the Scotland Office.

The shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England, in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure Flory - counterflory of Scotland, and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing the imperial crown, himself on another representation of that crown. The Dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion and the sinister, a Scottish unicorn. According to legend a free unicorn was considered a very dangerous beast, therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained, as were both supporting unicorns in the Royal coat of arms of Scotland. In the greenery below, a thistle, Tudor Rose and shamrock are present, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively. The coat features both the motto of English monarchs - Dieu et mon droit (God and my right), and the motto of the Order of the Garter - Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame upon him who thinks evil of it) on a representation of the Garter behind the shield.

On the right and left sides are denominations.


Interesting fact:

Bermuda named after their discoverer, the Spanish explorer Juan Bermudez, who visited them in 1503. However, sharpen its focus on them the Spaniards did not. And in 1609 there appeared the English colonists. The reason for their appearance - a shipwreck. Officially Bermuda are ruled England from 1684.