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Scottish Million Serials
Guernsey Million Serial
Jersey Million Serials
million serial notes

Million Serial Banknotes exist to keep the accounts balanced.
A million serial banknote is special as it has seven digit serials,
handset, regular serials have six digit. Million serial banknotes
were issued over the counter by high street banks as a normal
note is. Million serials exist from the 1917 third Treasury  period.
As of Series 'C' Portrait B281 O'Brien 1960 to B316 Fforde £10 1967,
the highest serial is 960000, therefor no million serials during this period.
Most banknotes found are in a poor grade (condition), probably taken
down the pub and shown around a few times. Also known as Terminators.

 

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        Bradbury one pound banknote of 1917.  Million serial  (seven digits normal is six)

 

      

         Britannia B271 10s Million serial banknote.

         Britannia Million Serial Banknotes

         Please send in prefixes of unrecorded 'B' numbers


Cat  No Denom. Prefixes seen
     
Catterns    
B225 £1 ?
     
Peppiatt    
B236 10s 16O
B238  £1 45Y  85Y.
B249 Blue  £1 B26E. 
B251 Mauve 10s A99D  K77D  Z99D 
B260  £1 W36A  W56A  A37B  H36B. 
     
Beale    
B265 10s 85D  73C.
B266 10s U21Z  N76Z  N80Z  K89Z  J14Z  E42Z
B268  £1 J66B   M08B  X41B
    A73C  N24C  S39C S60C  U36C.  Z94C
    D78J   E93J  K57J   K81J
     
O'Brien    
B271 10s K31Y  K39Y  X33Y  W78Y  O07Y  D27Y  B80Y.  A32Y
    Z21X  Z89X
B273  £1 N06J  R27J  S52J  S72J   S94J  T38J   T74J   Y77J 
    A45K  A88K  B89K  C28K D10K  E90K. R26K S56K T80K  Y17K                 
    B12L  H29L  H44L  K13L

 

      

        Mauve 10s  Million B251

 

How Were They Made?

Numbering barrels on the printing machines have only six digits.

 
To overcome the need for seven digits on a 1000000 serial banknote,  
a single number nought '0' would be removed from a spare numbering barrel.  
A sheet of banknotes would be specially printed with 100000 serials.  
The '0' would be inked up and added by hand to each serial in turn.  
Members of staff, in a competitive manner,  would take turns adding a nought  
to the end of the 100000 serials. The best aligned 1000000 serials would be  
used, the remainder destroyed. Alternatively,  if room is available, a figure '1'  
would be inserted before six noughts.  

 

      

        Peppiatt green Britannia Million serial banknote B238

 

      

        Britannia B249 £1 Million serial banknote

 

Table of Other  Millions Serial  Banknotes

Cat No Denom.  Prefixes seen                                                                        
     
Bradbury    
T16 £1 A32.  E94 
     
Fisher    
T31 £1 B1/78.
     

Fforde

   
B305 £1 S38K  T37B.  T50D  T50H  T69H  T85J
     

Page

   
B320   W86B.  X29C
     
B322                £1 BZ23
    CS08.  CS09  CS10  CS11  CS12  CW81
    BS44                EN04    ET04
    HS40   HX29
     
B330 £10 B20.   E77
     

 

       

         Modern £1 Page signature Million serial banknote

 

       

          Modern £10 Page signature Million serial banknote

 

          Buying Similar Items

        

        Bank of Ireland £20 2008, raised last nought top left. The last '0' on the vertical ladder serial

        is the same size as the second to last '0'.

 

      

        Bank of Scotland first prefix million of 1970.  Capital i used not 1

 

      

        RBS Million signed by Fred Goodwin  (Fred the shred)

 

      

      The last '0' on the bottom left ladder serial is the same size as the second to last '0'.

      A larger '0' not available?  Last '0' on vertical serial out of line.

 

      

        Look how close the last '0' is to its neighbour 

 

      

         Last nought too close to edge of note also thinner  

 

      

        Last nought under signature seems to have slid down & lost its shape

 

 

 

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