Granted, filching this collection might not yield the same payoff as your average bank job, but it is still an impressive example of creative print.
Printed with images of horses, women and children, wild animals and all sorts of other nature-based imagery, these specimens are far more vibrant than anything on the notes we use today in the UK.
This book of Peruvian banknotes came to St Bride Foundation in June 1906. They were printed onto proofing paper in 1872 and don’t carry an identification number. St Bride Foundation made purchase of this collection for a price of 18 shillings and sixpence from a Mr Menken. At that price, we think they were an absolute steal.