QUEEN ELIZABETH II SEYCHELLES BANKNOTES

In September 1978, during a visit to cash a travelers checks at Barclays Bank in Victoria, capital of the Seychelles, I noticed in the bank teller's hand a Queen Elizabeth 100 Rupee bright red banknote, recently withdrawn from circulation. She was pleased to give it to me for the going exchange rate at the time of 6.80 Rupees to the $1, and so started a lifelong fascination for what truly is a beautiful series of banknotes.

What's your favorite banknote—do you choose based on rarity, value, country of origin or design? The Queen Elizabeth II Seychelles banknotes provide two issues that are completely different. The 1954 issue is plain and unexciting although it does contain a profile view of the Queen's head. The 1968 issue is colorful, and beautifully designed to portray one of the best "Queen's Heads," but also the fauna, flora and scenery of the Seychelles. It meets ALL the criteria for a favorite banknote listed above!

GOVERNMENT OF SEYCHELLES 1954 ISSUE
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5 RUPEES 10 RUPEES
50 RUPEES
11a 1-8-1954 12a 1-8-1954
13a 1-8-1954
11b 1-8-1960 12b 1-8-1960
  12c 1-5-1963
13c 1-5-1963
  12d 1-1-1967
13d 1-1-1967

The 1954 issue portrait of the Queen shown in profile is one traditionally shown on coins but reflects Thomas De La Rue, the printer's, desire to continue the series of notes so that they would be similar to the previous George V and George VI designed notes. For the 1968 series the printers Bradbury Wilkinson used a portrait adapted from a painting by Annigoni. The portrait is regarded as one of the finest portrayals of the Queen.

GOVERNMENT OF SEYCHELLES 1968 ISSUE
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5 RUPEES 10 RUPEES
20 RUPEES
50 RUPEES 100 RUPEES
14 1-1-1968 15a 1-1-1968 17a 1-1-1968 18a 1-1-1968
  15b 1-1-1974 17b 1-1-1969 18b 1-1-1974
    17c 1-10-1970 18c 1-1-1972
      17d 1-1-1972 18d 1-8-1973
      17e 1-8-1973 18e 1-6-1975

The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money omits signatures; if you are interested in checking your notes I include references below.