NB THIS NOTE IS USED - ASK FOR SPECIAL SCAN IF THIS IS OF CONCERN. The note pictured is NOT the note you will get.
The Cornish Stannary Parliaments have an interesting history, about which much has been written. Since the 1970s, many attempts have been made by nationalists to revitalise them and declare independence for Cornwall. The situation is highly political, but that is not a matter for this book.
In 1974, Cornish currency was issued by the Cornish Stannary Parliament under the name of the 'Cornish National Fund'. The Cornish language text on the front of the five-shilling, ten-shilling and one-pound notes can be translated as: 'The National Fund of Cornwall promises to pay the bearer one day after sight the amount of five shillings (etc.)', whereas the five-pound note is payable 'on demand'. The use of the 'sight' clause circumvents a legal restriction for issuers of banknotes in England and Wales. Under the Bank Notes Act of 1826, it is illegal to issue a 'demand' note for an amount less than five pounds. The reverses show Restormel Castle in the stannary town of Lostwithiel. The initials are 'AKK' for 'Arghow Kenethlek Kernow', which translates as 'Cornish National Fund'. The initials of the English name, 'CNF', also appear.
In 1985 the Parliament issued notes of two denominations, fifty pence and one pound, sold at a premium as a matching pair as a fund-raising exercise. In 2000, the Parliament and Cornish Heritage together issued a new 500 Dynar banknote to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Richard Trevithick's steam car climbing Camborne Hill on Christmas Eve 1801.