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UK Five Pound Banknotes

 

Rotographic 14th Edition of "Collector's Banknotes"

Reference

Vincent Duggleby's
7th Edition of "English Paper Money"
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2009 Banknote
Yearbook 6th Edition:
Reference

Date
Prefix Sequence
Sequence Detail
Notes/comments

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - C.P. Mahon (1925 - 1929)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

RB101
-
-
BE89
1925 -1929
-
-
London 1925
-
-
Hull 1927
-
-
Leeds
-
-
Liverpool
-
-
Mahon notes from the following branches also exist:- Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Plymouth and Bristol

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - B.G. Catterns (1929 - 1934)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

RB102
-
-
BE90
1929 - 1934
-
-
London 1930
-
-
-
London 1931
-
-
-
London 1932
-
-
-
Leeds 1929
-
-
-
Manchester
-
-
-
Liverpool 1931
-
-
-
Catterns notes from the following branches also exist:- Hull, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and Plymouth

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - K. O. Peppiatt (1934 - 1949)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

RB103
-
-
BE91
1934 - 1944
-
-
Birmingham
-
-
-
Leeds 1937
-
-
-
London 1944
-
-
-
Liverpool
-
-
-
Newcastle 1937
-
-
-
Manchester
-
-
-
Hull
-
-
-
Peppiatt notes from the following branches also exist:- Bristol and Plymouth

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - K. O. Peppiatt (1934 - 1949)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

Thicker paper with security thread

RB104
B255
-
BE92a
1945 (Oct)
LNN
E--
-
-
BE92b
H-- to K--
-
-
BE92c
L--
(traced to L02

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - K. O. Peppiatt (1934 - 1949)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

Thinner paper with security thread

RB105
B264
-
BE93a
1948 (Sept)
LNN
L--
(traced from L03)
-
BE93b
M--
(traced to M71)

Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - P. S. Beale (1949 - 1955)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in

Thinner paper with security thread

RB106
B270
-
BE94a
1949 (Dec)
LNN
M--
(traced from M72)
-
BE94b
N-- to X--
-
-
BE94c
Y--
(traced to Y70)
Five Pounds - The 'White Fiver' - L. K. O'Brien (1955 - 1962)
Black on White - 212 x 135mm - 8.3125 x 5.3125in
RB107
-
-
BE95a
1955 (Jan)
LNN
Y--
(traced from Y71)
-
-
BE95b
Z--
(traced to Z99)
RB108
B276
-
BE96a
1955 (Jan)
LNNL
A--A
-
-
BE96b
B--A and
C--A
-
-
BE96c
D--A
(traced to D99A)
Five Pounds - Helmeted Britannia / Lion and Key - L. K. O'Brien (1955 - 1962)
Blue on multicoloured underprint - 159 x 89mm - 6.3125 x 3.5625in
RB109
B277
-
BE97a
1957 (Feb)
LNN
A01
Shaded £5 symbol on reverse
-
BE97b
A--
-
BE97c
B-- to D--
-
BE97d
E--
-
BE97e
E37
RB110
B280
-
BE98a
1961 (July)
LNN
H01
-
-
BE98b
H--
-
-
BE98c
J--
-
-
BE98d
K--
-
-
BE98e
K45
(Last prefix of Helmeted Britannia Series "B" £5)
Five Pounds - Series "C" Portrait Issue - J. Q. Hollom (1962 - 1966)
Blue - 140 x 84.8mm - 5.5 x 3.3125in
RB111
B297
-
BE99a
1963 (Feb)
LNN
A01
-
-
BE99b
A--
-
-
BE99c
B-- to N--
Without F, G, I??????
-
BE99d
R--
(traced to R19)
RB112
B298
-
BE100a
1963 (Feb)
LNN
M01
-
-
BE100b
M--
(traced to M12)
Five Pounds - Series "C" Portrait Issue - J. S. Fforde (1966 - 1970)
Blue - 140 x 84.8mm - 5.5 x 3.3125in
RB113
B312
-
BE101a
1967 (Jan)
LNN
R20
-
-
BE101b
R--
-
-
BE101c
S-- to Y--
Without V??????
-
BE101d
Z--
-
-
BE101e
Z99
-
RB114
B313
-
BE102
1967 (Jan)
LNN
M--
-
RB115
B314
-
BE103a
1967 (Jan)
NNL
01A
-
-
BE103b
--A
-
-
BE103c
--B to --K

(Overlaps with Page BE105b, c, d below)

Without F, G or I??????

-
BE103d
--L
(traced to 40L)
RB116
B315
-
BE104a
1967 (Jan)
NNL
01M
Replacement note
-
BE104b
--M

Replacement note
(traced to 15M)

Five Pounds - Series "C" Portrait Issue - J. B. Page (1970 - 1980)
Blue - 140 x 84.8mm - 5.5 x 3.3125in
RB117
B324
-
BE105a
1971
NNL
03C
-
-
BE105b
--C
(Overlaps with Fforde BE103c above)
-
BE105c
--D to --E
(Overlaps with Fforde BE103c above)
-
BE105d
--H
(Overlaps with Fforde BE103c above)
-
BE105e
41H

(last reported prefix of Portrait Series "C" £5)

Rotographics say to 40L???

RB118
B325
-
BE106
1971
NNL
--M

Replacement note
(traced from 04M to 18M)

-
-
-
BE107
1971
NNL
--C, --D, --E
Pair of consequtively numbered notes with signatures of J. S. Fforde and J. B. Page

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - J. B. Page (1970 - 1980)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington

RB119
B332
-
BE108a
1971 (November)
LNN
A01
-
-
BE108b
A--
-
-
BE108c
B-- to K--
Without F, G, I??????
-
BE108d
L--
(traced to L94)
RB120
B333
-
BE109a
1971 (November)
LNN
M01
-
-
BE109b
M--
(traced to M05)

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - J. B. Page (1970 - 1980)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington???
Reverse printed by lithography. Small "L" on reverse.

RB121
B334
-
BE110a
1973 (August)
NNL
01A
-
-
BE110b
--A
-
-
BE110c
--B to --Y
Without F, G, I, M, O, P, Q or V??????
-
BE110d
--Z
-
-
BE110e
96Z
-
RB122
B335
-
BE111a
1973 (August)
NNL
01M
-
-
BE111b
--M
-
RB123
B336
-
BE112a
1973 (August)
LLNN
AN01
-
-
BE112b
AN--
-
-
BE112c
AR-- to CX--
Without AV, BO, BP, BQ, BV, CO, CP, CQ or CV
-
BE112d
EZ--
(last series traced from EZ05 to EZ56)

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - D. H. F. Somerset (1980 - 1988)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington???
Reverse printed by lithography. Small "L" on reverse.

RB124
B343
-
BE113a
1980 (June)
LLNN
DN01
-
-
BE113b
DN--
-
-
BE113c
DR-- to LY--
Without O, P, Q and V??????
-
BE113d
LZ--
-
-
BE113e
LZ90
-
-
BE113f
NA--
(Not seen)
-
BE113g
NB-- and NC--
-
-
BE113h
NC90
-
-
-
-
BE114
1980 (June)
LLNN
DU55 to DU77
(Error note missing signature)

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - D. H. F. Somerset (1980 - 1988)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington???
Experimental notes for Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

RB126
-
-
BE115a
1980 (June)
LLNN
AN91
-
-
-
BE115b
BR91, CS91, DT91, EU91, HW91, JX91 and KY91
-
-
-
-
BE115c
LZ91
-

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - D. H. F. Somerset (1980 - 1988)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington???
With 1mm wide security thread. Printed by web offset

RB127
B345
-
BE116a
1987 (July)
LLNN
RA01
-
-
BE116b
RA-- to RC--
-
-
BE116c
RC90
-

Five Pounds - Series "D" Pictorial Issue - G. M. Gill (1988 - 1991)
Blue and Multicoloured - 145.5 x 77.8mm - 5.75 x 3.0625in

Reverse depicting the Duke of Wellington???
With 1mm wide security thread. Printed by web offset???

RB128
B353
-
BE117a
1988 (March)
LLNN
RD01
-
-
BE117b
RD--
-
-
BE117c
RE-- to RL--, SA-- to SE--
Without RF, RG and RI??????
-
BE117d
SE90
(last prefix of Pictorial Series "D" £5) (serial numbers below 998500 from circulation)
-
BE117e
SE90
(last prefix of Pictorial Series "D" £5) (serial numbers 998500 to 999999 from packs)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - G. M. Gill (1988 - 1991)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting George Stephenson

RB501
B357
-
BE118a
1990 (June)
LNN
A01
-
BE118b
A--
-
BE118c
B-- to L--
-
BE118d
N--
(traced to N54 official last run)
-
BE118e
R-- to T--
(overlaps with Kentfield BE119b and BE119e below)
-
BE118f
U--
(last series overlap traced to U17)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - G. E. A. Kentfield (1991 - 1998)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting George Stephenson

RB502
-
-
BE119a
1991 (November)
LNN
R01
-
-
BE119b
R--
(overlaps with Gill BE118e above)
-
-
BE119c
S-- to U--
Overlaps with Gill BE118e and BE118f above)
-
-
BE119d
W--
-
-
BE119e
W18
Serial numbers below998500 from circulation
-
-
BE119f
W18
Serial numbers 99850 to 999999 from packs
RB503
B365
-
BE120a
1993 (March)
LLNN
AA01
-
BE120b
AA--, AB--
-
BE120c
AB18
Serial numbers below998500 from circulation
-
BE120d
AB18
Serial numbers 99850 to 999999 from packs
RB504
B364
-
BE121a
1993 (March)
LLNN
AC01
Serial numbers 000001 to 001500 from uncut trios
-
BE121b
AC01
Serial numbers above 001500 from circulation
-
BE121c
AC-- to AL--, BA-- to BL--, CA-- to CK--
Without F, G and I??????
-
BE121d
DA--, DB--
-
BE121e
DC--
(traced to DC90)
-
BE121f
DL99
Special last run for collector's packs
-
-
-
BE122a
1993 (March)
LLNN
CL--
Column sort note (traced to CL45)
RB504b
-
-
BE122b
LL--
Replacement note (traced to LL45 and overlaps with Lowther BE124b below)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - Merlyn Lowther (1998 - 2003)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting George Stephenson

RB507
B380
-
BE123a
1999 (January)
LLNN
EA01
-
BE123b
EA-- to EJ--

(traced to EJ45 last official run)

Without F,G and I ??????

-
BE123c
EJ45
(Last official run)
-
BE123d
EJ90
Special last runfor collector's packs and last prefix of Historical Series "E" £5)
-
-
BE124a
1999 (January)
LLNN
CL--
Column sort note (traced to CL45)
RB508
-
-
BE124b
LL--
Replacement note (traced to LL45 and overlaps with Kentfield BE122b above)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - Merlyn Lowther (1998 - 2003)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting Elizabeth Fry

RB511
B393
-
BE125a
2002 (May)
LLNN
HA01
-
BE125b
HA--, HB--, JA--
-
BE125c
JA90
(Last prefix of withdrawn issue)
-
BE126a
2002 (May)
LLNN
DL--
Column sort note (traced to DL45)
RB512
-
-
BE126b
LL--
Replacement note (traced from LL46 to LL90 and overlaps with BE128c below)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - Merlyn Lowther (1998 - 2003)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting Elizabeth Fry
Reissue with improved varnish coating and cut halo hologram

RB511
B395
-
BE127a
2002 (August)
LLNN
HC01
-
BE127b
HC-- to HK--
-
BE127c
JB--
(traced to JB90 and overlaps with Bailey BE 129 below)
-
BE127d
XA-- to XE--, XH-- to XK--
(all traced from 01-45)
-
BE128a
2002 (August)
LLNN
DL--
Column sort note (traced to DL45 and overlaps with BE126a above)
-
-
BE128b
EL--
Column sort note (traced to EL45 and overlaps with Bailey BE130a below)
RB512
-
BE128c
LL--
Replacement note (traced from LL46 to LL90 and overlaps with Lowther BE126b above and Bailey BE130b below)

Five Pounds - Series "E" Historical Issue - Andrew Bailey (2003 - to date?)
Turquoise and multicoloured - 135. x 70mm - 5.3125 x 2.75in

Reverse depicting Elizabeth Fry
Reissue with improved varnish coating and cut halo hologram

RB515
B398
-
BE129a
2004 (January)
LLNN
JB46
-
BE129b
JB--
(Overlaps with Lowther BE127c above)
-
-
BE129c
JC-- to JK--, KA--
(continuing)
-
-
BE130a
2004 (January)
LLNN
EL--
Column sort note (traced to EL45 and overlaps with Lowther BE128a above)
-
B399
-
BE130b
LL--
Replacement note (traced from LL46 to LL90 and overlaps with Lowther BE128c above)
-
-
-
-
BE131-BE149
-
-
-
Held in reserve
-
Later issues not yet recorded
         
£5
JK11 595018
 
£5
KC53100429
Follow on from BE129c
£5
KJ33 816344
         
£5
KJ38 774559
 
         
£5
KK27 731060
 
         
£5
LB83 496276
 

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