Imitation bank-note printed on 'Bank-post' paper. Below the title, which is engraved along the left margin: 'Specimen of a Bank Note—not to be imitated. / Submitted to the consideration of the Bank Directors and the inspection of the Public'. Below this a border of shackles at right angles to the heading of the note, 'Bank Restriction' in Gothic characters. Below is a long beam from which eleven bodies dangle, three being women; the two uprights of this gibbet are inscribed 'Bank Post'. Above the heads: 'I Promise to Perform', and over-printed: 'N° AD LIB to N° AD LIB'. Below: 'During the Issue of Bank Notes / easily imitated, and until the Resump / tion of Cash Payments, or the Abolition / of the Punishment of Death, / For the Govr and Compa of the / Bank of England. / [signed] J. Ketch'. On the left of the text, within an irregular oval, a woman seated like Britannia with spear and shield is devouring children. Outside the oval border are the figures of despairing women and agonized … (See Merlin record for full description)
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