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Tegwin
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I am new to collecting bank notes, and have been specialising in collecting English notes. I have noticed that on some of the Lowther notes they often refer to them as "cut Halo" and "Full Halo". Can anyone explain what this means, I have tried to look at the notes and they look the same to me so cant tell what exactly it means. Any help is appreciated.

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I'm not sure what they mean either. Sounds like it could be a type of design aspect of the note, though. I did some looking into the notes and those with Lowther's signature had to be recalled due to the notes having varnish applied to them before the serial numbers were applied. This caused the serial number's ink to wear off with use. Perhaps it relates to that somehow - recalled notes with varnish before and notes with varnish after the serial number was printed - but why the term Halo would be used I don't know.

 

Do let us know when you find out, will you? :confus:

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I'm not sure what they mean either. Sounds like it could be a type of design aspect of the note, though. I did some looking into the notes and those with Lowther's signature had to be recalled due to the notes having varnish applied to them before the serial numbers were applied. This caused the serial number's ink to wear off with use. Perhaps it relates to that somehow - recalled notes with varnish before and notes with varnish after the serial number was printed - but why the term Halo would be used I don't know.

 

Do let us know when you find out, will you? :confus:

 

 

Thanks yes I will post back here when I find out. I have posted this over in IBNS as well so maybe someone there will reply, or alternatively I am heading to the paper money fair in London on Friday so willl check then.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I asked a collector fellow, Mr. Frank Schneider, a specialist on British notes, and he told me:

Cut halo and full halo notes can be distinguished as follows:

1) full halo: varnish around the optical device at the left side of the banknote and over the serial no.

2) cut halo: varnish only around the optical device at left, there is no varnish around the serial no., the varnish is “cut”

 

Erwin

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