Invalid British pounds
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 30, 2013 3:22 AM Last Post By: Nicolapicola
Nov 16, 2012 8:21 AM
Invalid British poundsI have a very special question.
I have some British pounds that are not valid any more in the Czech Republic and Czech banks take 20% charge which I dont want to give them. But they informed me that they can be still usable in Britain.
I plan to visit London in order to spend the money :-) and need to know if I can spend them in London pubs, or is it necessary to change it in a local bank and what fee will the bank charge for it.
Is there some bank expert who could tell me if twenty pounds notes issued in 1999 (there is a picture of Sir Edward Elgar) and 5 pound notes issued in 1990 with a picture of George Stephenson are still valid in Britain?
Nov 16, 2012 8:38 AM
Nov 16, 2012 1:26 PM
Nov 16, 2012 5:49 PM
3Any bank should change them. I work in tourism and get old £20 notes from time to time and changing them is not a problem. If you have £10 and £5 notes and are in centeral London I will change them for you but only if they are in good condition.
Nov 16, 2012 11:33 PM
Nov 17, 2012 2:59 AM
Nov 17, 2012 5:21 AM
6Thanks a lot to all of you for the helpful information.
Ok then I will go to London and spend it there :-)
Nov 19, 2012 3:45 AM
7#5 Yes, I work in London W1 for various businesses (I'm a temp) and when I have attempted to change a large note for change in the banks they are very hostile and suspicious and ask me to prove that I (or my client, whose money it is) are clients of the bank (Nat West especially bad about this). It has made it very difficult for us to be able to advise foreign visitors where they can change their large notes in order to pay their bills.
Nov 19, 2012 4:03 AM
Nov 20, 2012 1:35 AM
May 24, 2013 11:43 PM
May 30, 2013 3:22 AM
11Voyager 2002 - just come back to this thread - yes, definitely NatWest none of the Harley Street specialists I work for bank at Nationwide! I don't think the banks are legally required to give you change of a big note - except the Bank of England, perhaps - they used to do it as a courtesy service but now they don't want to do it unless you are one of their regular customers.
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