Guernsey wartime currency up for sale

The sale of Coins, Tokens & Banknotes at Tennants Auctioneers on 1st November will comprise a large selection of good gold and silver coins. Amongst the 378 lots on offer are modern gold proof sets, sovereigns and guineas. Expected to attract attention in particular is a Charles II Guinea from 1681 (estimate £800-1200); David Wolstencroft, Tennants’ coin specialist comments ‘anything to do with Charles II is always popular at auction, and the fine condition of this guinea will be tempting to buyers’.

Whilst not of the highest value, perhaps one of the most interesting lots in the sale is a set of three rare banknotes issued in Guernsey during the German occupation in World War II. The lot comprises a 10 shilling note, a halfcrown note and a sixpence note. During the occupation islanders began hording Sterling and locally issued coins and notes, and the island experienced a shortage of small change. In 1941 the States of Guernsey were given permission by the occupying forces to issue notes in 6d, 1s 3d, 2s 6d, and 5s denominations, and from 1943 10s and £1 denominations. Consigned to Tennants by a private vendor, these sought-after wartime notes are being offered with an estimate of £600-700.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available on our website leading up to the sale


Charles II Guinea 1681 – Estimate: £800-1200
(top left) Guernsey, Three Rare World War II Banknotes – Estimate: £600-700