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20 pounds: CM.199-2009

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Issuer: G20 Meltdown




An imitation banknote, distributed on the occasion of the meeting of the G20 Summit in London

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009-04-27) by Felber, Emma


Before 2009-04-01 CE - 2009-04-27 CE

Components of the work

Object composed of paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of jester with world map in place of face facing at right, alternating cameos of denomination and bust of Regency-era gentleman right arranged vertically at centre, seal of Bank of England at bottom right

  • Text: // I PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ON DEMAND THE SUM OF TWENTY KISSES // April 1 / Financial Fools Day // Twenty Pounds
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Bust of Regency-era gentleman right with clown's red nose at left, shadowed mechanical and architectural design at centre, map of City of London at right

  • Text: Party in the city // The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse / will lead carnival parades starting / at 11 a.m. from the rail stations: / / War (Red horse @ Moorgate); / Climate chaos (Green horse @ Liverpool St); / Money crimes (Silver horse @ London Bridge); / Land-grabbers (Black horse @ Cannon St). / / Converging @ 12 noon / on the / Bank of England // JOIN IN THE FOOLERY // April 1, Financial Fools Day // © THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF FOOLS
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.199-2009
Primary reference Number: 176400
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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