The Guernseyman who prints the World’s Money
To a Guernseyman today the “Thomas de la Rue” is a pub and a rather nice one at that. However take a look at a Guernsey fiver or pound note and you’ll notice something curious. Tucked away among the complex calligraphy and imagery you’ll see three little words ‘de la Rue’. Further more if you happen to be Malaysian and look at the corner of your ringgit note you’ll see the same thing. What’s going on here is a local pub printing money for States of Guernsey and the Malaysians?
The Thomas de La Rue on these banknotes is a printing company, De La Rue plc; a British security printing, paper making and cash handling systems company head-quartered in Basingstoke. What may also surprise you is that Guernsey and Malaysia are not the only countries in the world that have their banknotes produced by this company, the Sterling in your pocket and even the Euro are printed by them.
Thomas de la Rue was born in the parish of the Forest in Guernsey on 24 March 1793. In 1803 at the tender age of 10 years of age he was apprenticed to a master-printer in St Peter Port. Not much else is known about his early life until in 1813 he launched his first commercial venture when he published the first edition of ‘Le Miroir Politique‘ newspaper in Guernsey. However in 1816 Thomas left Guernsey for London where he initially established a business making straw hats. As now , London was the financial capital of the world. Thomas’s move to London was to be his springboard to greatness. Below we look at the time line of this incredible man’s march to international fame and fortune.
De la Rue printer to the World ...
De La Rue sells high-security paper and printing technology for over 150 national currencies. They are the largest such corporation in the world.
De la Rue makes paper and prints banknotes for many banks worldwide, including:
- Honduras : Banco Central de Honduras
- Guatemala : Banco de Guatemala
- United Kingdom/England : Bank of England
- Jamaica : Bank of Jamaica
- Mauritius : Bank of Mauritius
- Scotland : Bank of Scotland
- Tanzania : Bank of Tanzania
- Zambia : Bank of Zambia
- Bermuda : Bermuda Monetary Authority
- Cayman Islands : Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
- Armenia : Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
- Bahrain : Central Bank of Bahrain
- Barbados : Central Bank of Barbados
- Belize : Central Bank of Belize
- Iraq : Central Bank of Iraq
- Kenya : Central Bank of Kenya
- Kuwait : Central Bank of Kuwait
- Sri Lanka : Central Bank of Sri Lanka
- The Bahamas : Central Bank of The Bahamas
- Europe : European Central Bank
- Isle of Man : Isle of Man Government
- Maldives : Maldives Monetary Authority
- Singapore : Monetary Authority of Singapore
- Republic of Macedonia : National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
- Fiji : Reserve Bank of Fiji
- Guernsey: States of Guernsey
- Jersey : States of Jersey
- Scotland : The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
- Samoa : Central Bank of Samoa
- South Sudan : Bank of South Sudan
- Mozambique : Bank of Mozambique
- Sierra Leone : Bank of Sierra Leone
- Botswana : Bank of Botswana
- Greece : Bank of Greece
- Qatar : Qatar Central Bank
- Saudi Arabia : Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
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