Print Collection acquires innovative printed banknotes

To show both students of printmaking and financial studies the rich links between printing and economic history, the Baillieu Library Print Collection has acquired three engraved banknotes.

A variety of currency which arose and fell with the French Revolution was the assignat, which was only printed between 1789 and 1795. The history of banknote production and that of forgery occur concurrently, and so banknotes feature very sophisticated artistry and printing techniques which are reflected by two pre-Federation colonial banknotes. A great leap in the complexity and visual appeal is evident in the Bank of Victoria one pound colour trial specimen. Several artists and equipment would have been utilised to produce this banknote with features complex printed security features. More

Front of Bank of Victoria one pound colour trial banknote, 1881

Image: Bank of Victoria one pound colour trial banknote, 1881