If you were born in the late 1960’s you won’t remember the old ten-shilling note, which was withdrawn in 1970 after the introduction of the fifty pence coin in 1969. But you may still be able to unearth one when metal detecting … and it was worth a lot more then than that 50p in your pocket today.
I have a hazy recollection of writing an article many years ago about an Australian lady who did just that when searching with her detector in a park. The 10-Bob note was folded, placed inside a pendant and worn around the neck. My mother had one similar; wonder where it is now? Yes, it is possible to find old bank notes with your detector. Let me know if you’ve found a pendant. I’d love to see it and perhaps add to this blog.
The Bank of England first ever 10s note was a banknote of the pound sterling and first issued in 1928. The note featured a vignette of Britannia, a feature of the Bank’s notes since 1694 and the predominant colour was red-brown. Ten shillings in pre-decimal money (written 10s or 10/-) was equivalent to half of one pound. The ten-shilling note was the smallest denomination note ever issued by the Bank of England and continued to be printed until 1969. The note ceased to be legal tender in 1970 and was removed in favour of the fifty pence coin.