In 1822, Arkwright, Toplis and Co. converted the Cornerhouse building (now Avanti Jewellers) into a bank. This bank note, acquired by Buxton Museum, was issued by this bank. The son of the inventor and entrepreneur, Sir Richard Arkwright, Richard Arkwright Junior's interests lay mainly in banking, investment in Government bonds and the accumulation of land. In 1804 he became a partner in Toplis Bank of Wirksworth and, after the death of John Toplis in 1829, he took complete control. He lived for a time in ... (read more)
Forgery of a £5 bank note
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Forgery of a £5 banknote issued by the Wirksworth and Ashbourne Derbyshire Bank, 21 December 1840.
How do we know that this is a forgery other than that someone has written 'forgery' across it? The giveaway is the quality of the paper. There were periods when stamp duty was levied on bank notes and it seems that the note passed the Revenue's inspection unless, of course, even the revenue mark on the reverse is the work of a forger.
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