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Collecting banknotes with the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be very rewarding experience for any collector regardless of their experience in the hobby. There are so many facets to collecting “Queen banknotes” as so many collectors informally but affectionately refer to this area of collecting. The Queens portrait adorns the “issued” banknotes of twenty-nine unique countries and territories and thirty-three if you include countries and territories whose names have changed over the course of her note issues and currently thirty-five if you include those territories which had specimens, proof notes or mockups produced in anticipation of an issue which never happened. The Queens portrait too has changed many times over the course of her reign from her as a princess to portraits depicting the queen as she is now. Fifteen countries still currently issue and circulate banknotes bearing the Queens image in some form on their notes. It is unlikely that there is another theme within numismatics today that is larger, more diverse or arguably as beautiful nor will there ever be again. - Russell Waller

Portrait 22

Date of Original Portrait:
26 February 1986
Photographer: Ronald Woolf

This engraving is from an official portrait of Her Majesty, taken at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand, on 26 February 1986 by Ronald Woolf. In this portrait, Her Majesty is wearing Grand Duchess Vladimir's tiara, Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee necklace, Queen Mary's drop earings, and the Sovereign's Badge of the Queen's Service Order, an order unique to New Zealand.


Use of this Portrait:    
New Zealand -- Nos. 179, 184 and 187.

Portrait 23
This image of The Queen is based on an official photograph taken at Buckingham Palace by Terry O'Neill, an English photographer. The Royal Family Order of King George VI is apparent on the left-hand shoulder of Her Majesty in most engravings of this portrait, while the uppermost portion of the Royal Family Order of King George V is visible in the engraving on some banknotes. The tiara worn by Her Majesty, representing a wreath of flowers, is made of diamonds and Burmese rubies. The tiara was commissioned by the Queen in 1973 and manufactured by Garrard, the London jewellers, from stones in her private collection. The Burmese people gave Her Majesty a gift of ninety-six rubies set in gold as a wedding gift and Her Majesty later decided to use these stones, plus some of her diamonds, to create a tiara and earrings. The matching earrings, of rubies and diamonds, form small flowers that complement the floral form of the tiara and are worn by the Queen in this portrait. The diamonds used in the tiara and earrings came from a tiara given to Her Majesty as part of her wedding gift by the Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar. The origin of the necklace in this portrait is unknown.



Portrait 23a
This interpretation of Terry O'Neill's photograph was engraved by Alan Dow of De La Rue for banknotes designed by that company. This version of the portrait shows The Queen with an elongated face and full eyebrows.

Use of this Portrait:    
   Gibraltar -- Nos. 25 to 29.
   Guernsey -- Nos. 56 to 60.
   Fiji -- Nos. 88 to 92.
   Bermuda -- Nos. 50 to 55.


Portrait 23b
This version of the portrait was prepared by the British American Banknote Company. In this portrait The Queen appears to have a rounder face and narrow eyebrows. This image, unlike the De La Rue image, also suggests The Queen has forced her smile.

Use of this Portrait: Bahamas -- Nos. 57 to 59.



Date of Original Portrait: Circa 2001.
Photographer: Unknown
Believed to have been taken at a polo match where Prince Charles kissed his mother's hand. (Date unknown.)
Engraver: Stephen Matthews of De La Rue

Portrait 24
This is one of two portraits of Her Majesty to appear on the back of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s 5-pound note, which commemorates The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. She is depicted in a casual, happy mood. The images of Her Majesty on the back of the 5-pound commemorative note were the first images of Her Majesty to appear on the back of a banknote. (Further images of Her Majesty appeared on the back of the Royal Bank of Scotland's 10-pound note celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth; see portrait 28.)

Use of this Portrait:
Royal Bank of Scotland -- Commemorative 5-pound note.

Date of Original Portrait: 2000
Photographer:  Unknown (The portrait was commissioned by 
         Buckingham Palace.)

Portrait 25
The photograph, from which this engraving is executed, was commissioned by the Queen's representatives at Buckingham Palace. The photograph was specifically requested by the Bank of Canada for the production of its 20-dollar note introduced in September 2004. The engraving on the banknote was prepared by Mr. Jorge Peral, Artistic Director for the Canadian Bank Note Company. The creative design for the twenty-dollar note, on which the portrait appears, was led by the Canadian Bank Note Company in co-operation with BA International. Both companies have printed notes for the Bank of Canada since its inception in 1935.
This is one of the more attractive portraits of the mature Queen and its rendition on the 20-dollar note maintains the Bank of Canada's reputation of using the better portraits of Queen Elizabeth. For this portrait, Her Majesty is informally attired in a plain dress and wearing one of her favoured pearl necklaces. (The Queen has three different three-row pearl necklaces. One was made at the time of her accession from pearls in the possession of her family, one is a present from the Amir of Qatar on the occasion of her coronation in 1953 and the third is a gift from King George V, presented to Elizabeth at the time of the King's Silver Jubilee.)

Use of this Portrait:
    Bank of Canada -- 20-dollar note (issued in September 2004).

© Bank of Canada/Banque du Canada


Portrait 26

Date of Original Portrait:
Photographer: Mark Lawrence
Engraver: Stephen Matthews of De La Rue

A mature portrait of Her Majesty adapted from an official portrait taken at Sandringham House. The Queen is wearing The Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia's Tiara. This tiara was inherited by the Grand Duchess's daughter, the Grand Duchess Helen who subsequently married Prince Nicholas of Greece. Queen Mary bought the tiara from Princess Nicholas in 1921. The tiara has fifteen pearl drops but Princess Mary had fifteen emeralds mounted in such a way that they are interchangeable with the pearls. In this illustration, Her Majesty is wearing the tiara with the pearl drops.

Use of this Portrait: 
    Fiji (used on all notes of the series issued in 2007).

Portrait 27

Date of Original Sculpture: 1966
Sculptor: Arnold Machin

In 1964 Arnold Machin was chosen to design a portrait of her Majesty, to be used on British decimal coins. The effigy was completed in 1966 and subsequently appeared on coins of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. A similar design was used on Great Britain's definitive postage stamps for many years; a series which became known as the 'Machin definitives'.
The Machin portrait had never been used on a banknote until Bermuda issued their new series of banknotes in 2009. The series is designed in vertical format and the Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth appears as a small image at the bottom left on each denomination. The image was re-worked by the designers at De La Rue to suit the banknote, with the lines of the engraving being opened up.

Use of this Portrait:
    Bermuda (used on all notes of the series issued in 2009).

Portrait 28

Date of Original Photograph: 2008 (for the principal image)
Photographer: Unknown
Engraver: Stephen Matthews of De La Rue

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Bank of Scotland launched a new £10 commemorative note on 23 May 2012. The note features four different images of the Queen taken during her reign. The principal portrait (at the left) is a contemporary image of Her Majesty; adapted from a photograph taken at Epsom Racecourse in 2008. The second portrait (from the left) is an official palace photograph of the Queen taken in the 1940s; adapted from a Dorothy Wilding photograph. The third image depicts The Queen with her family at Balmoral Castle and the fourth image is of the Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Princess Anne attending the traditional service for the Order of the Thistle.

Use of this Portrait: 
The Royal Bank of Scotland's £10 Diamond Jubilee issue.

Portrait 29

Date of Original Image: 2004
Image creators:  The image is a collaboration between artist Chris Levine                               and holographer Rob Munday.
Engraver: Stephen Matthews of De La Rue

To celebrate 800 years of Jersey’s heritage of continuous loyalty to the Crown in 2004, a portrait was commissioned by Jersey Heritage Trust to mark the event. The portrait, which was a creative collaboration between artist Chris Levine and holographer Rob Munday, is called 'Equanimity', meaning 'the quality of being calm and even-tempered'. This portrait is the first official holographic portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. The portrait of The Queen wearing the George IV Diamond Diadem has been adapted for use on the front of the £100 banknote and also appears on the note’s security stripe, the first time a hologram has been used by Jersey in this way.

Use of this Portrait: 
    The States of Jersey's £100 Diamond Jubilee issue.


Portrait 30

Date of Original Image:
Unknown (probably between 2010 and 2011) Engraver: Jorge Peral CBNC

Continuing with the Bank of Canada's informal images of Her Majesty, the image on the $20 dollar note issued in 2012 was commissioned by the Bank of Canada and provided in co-operation with Buckingham Palace. Wearing her traditional pearls (usually worn in informal images) and a plain dress, it is a refined yet matronly image of The Queen. Her Majesty is also depicted as an image in the security feature on the front and back of the note (see below).


Portrait 30bqe2

Use of this Portrait:
    Bank of Canada $20.00 issues of 2013 and 2016 (polymer).

Portrait 31

The image is engraved from an official portrait, commissioned to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The photograph of Her Majesty shows her wearing her New Zealand honours. The photograph was taken by London-based photographer, Julian Calder, in the Blue Room of Buckingham Palace.


The Queen is wearing the Sovereign’s insignia of the Order of New Zealand, the New Zealand Order of Merit, Star, Sash and Badge and The Queen’s Service Order. The Queen wears the Diamond Fern brooch presented by the women of Auckland in 1953 on her right shoulder.
The Queen is also wearing the historic Hanoverian Fringe Tiara and matching necklace. The Tiara was made in 1830 from diamonds in the possession of King George III, and inherited by Queen Victoria. The Tiara was worn by The Queen on her wedding day on 20 November 1947. It previously had been worn by her grandmother, Queen Mary, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth. The necklace was made for Queen Victoria from stones from other items.

Use of this Portrait:    
New Zealand $20.00 issue of 2016.

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head of state, is an engraving by Jorge Peral, Vice-President, Design and Master Engraver with Canadian Bank Note Company Limited. It is based on a photograph taken by Ian Jones, especially commissioned by the Bank of Canada and replicated for the holographic image.(Information and portrait from the Bank of Canada.)




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