South Africa One Pound Test Proof
Certified by PCGS Currency
This unique test proof was discovered in the archives and submitted to PCGS Currency for authentication and grading. I purchased it from the dealer who submitted it to PCGS Currency because of its history, uniqueness and shows the final stage of the printing process. It shows the identical design of the adopted official currency. This 1 Pound Test Proof is a printing of the back, but prior to the overprint of colors. It is uniface (blank front) and is in choice uncirculated condition.
The South African Reserve Bank is the central bank of South Africa and was established in 1921, making it the oldest central bank in Africa. The One Pound currency note was issued from 1948 to 1959. It is fascinating that somehow this unique test proof currency note from South Africa was not destroyed after the final production notes were approved and printed. Instead, it was saved, stored and archived for years. This unique and historical test proof currency note is worthy of the finest collection or museum of South African currency. South Africa is famous for its production of gold coins including the One Pound denomination and of course the Krugerrand. This unique test proof of South African currency provides insight into the final stages of design, production and printing.
Here is a comparison of the 1 Pound test proof and the final and official 1 Pound currency: