If one is looking for the ultimate Transition Town note, then the Totnes 1st issue has to be it. Referred to as the 'pink unicorn' of banknotes, there is none rarer. 300 of these notes were issued, most were used (written on), folded up and destroyed. Due to their large size, if they were kept at all, they were generally folded in half. The coating on the paper split and this has lead to some of the notes falling in half.
At Curious Banknotes, we have managed to procure a tiny stock of these notes in various conditions - the prices reflect the condition of the notes.
Serial number 0211 is AUNC - a very rare condition to find these notes in. And we have options to find consecutive numbers in this series - discounts can be applied should you wish to buy multiple copies. Please contact us.
Serial number 0168 has a pronounced crease through the middle of it, and there is a mark by the serial number.
Recently a very tatty example (which at best could be described as fair) sold for £375 on eBay. The condition of 0166 far surpasses that of the eBay example.
NOTE SERIAL NUMBER 0168 IS SOLD CIRCULATED - SEE PICTURES - THE PHOTOS SHOW THE ACTUAL NOTE YOU WILL RECEIVE. If you would like any more pictures, or any 'blow-ups' please ask. Returns for incorrect description of the condition will not be considered.
Notable as the first transition town to issue its own banknote, the Totnes Pound led the way for all the others at its launch on Wednesday, 7 March 2007. Only advertised locally, this quiet presentation received almost no national coverage, unlike later unveilings of other currencies, which have featured in national media, receiving newspaper and TV coverage. Who could have guessed what might have followed on the back of a quiet midweek talk on local economics!
In the end, one hundred and sixty people gathered at the church for the evening. As the audience arrived, each was given one of the 'new' Totnes pounds – the first pilot of the first British 'toe-dipping' trial into the local currency world. Rob Hopkins, the impetus behind the transition movement, invited the audience to wave the notes in the air. As he says in his book, 'The Transition Handbook', that was quite a sight.
At the time, a mere 17 shops accepted the currency around the town. How the concept has grown nationally over the past twelve years! This first issue note was largely unseen by collectors until recently and has been likened to the 'pink unicorn' of the Transition Town money world.