The Exeter Ship Canal opened in 1566 and so 2016 marked the 450th anniversary. Exeter Pound, in partnership with the Canal Trust, launched a commemorative £E4.50 note in celebration.
At the launch Martyn Goss, Tudor Merchant and Exeter Pound Director, presented a giant £E4.50 to The Lord Mayor, councillor Cynthia Thompson.
The Exeter canal is the earliest working ship canal in survive in England. Although commercially it was superseded by Brunel's railway in 1844, it remains a working waterway mainly for leisure puropses and is a beautiful part of Exeters landscape.
The notes two images reflect the past a present of the canal.
Authur Henry Enock's 'Exeter Canal Below Exeter Cathedral' reflecting the canals history.
While local artist Matthew Rogers reflects todays commercial and leisure uses of the shipping canal.
If you would like a £E4.50 note (the only 4.50 note in the world!):
You can order one, uncirculated, from our online shop as a presentation edition, with a certificate of authenticity for you to keep. Either on it's own or with the full set of Exeter Pound notes.
You can also order the note as it is, shipped to your door uncirculated but without any of the presentation gubbins. Again, you can get the rest of the notes too if you like.