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Cash is King Book by Bob Osborne & Carrie Reichardt

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9781999806330

Published to co-incide with the exhibition Cash is King at the Saatchi Gallery in September 2018.

Hardback book published by Rebel Not Taken Publishing

Conceived and written by Bob Osborne & Carrie Reihardt

172 pages

Fully illustrated in colour with works executed by contemporary artists on banknotes from around the world.

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In the late 18th century it was a capital offence, punishable by death, to forge or alter a banknote.

The introduction of low denomination paper money meant that banknotes were no longer exclusively circulated among the wealthy and educated classes. With the poor now having free access to banknotes there was an increase in the number of forgeries and the often innocent exchange of outlaw cash by those with low literacy levels.

Old Bailey trials record that between 1804 and 1834, fifty eight people were hung for counterfeiting offences with hundreds more transported to Australia for being in possession of illegal banknotes.


Under the terms of the 1928 British Currency and Banknotes Act it continues to be a criminal offence to deface any Bank of England note.

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