British pound GBP

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We buy British pounds (GBP)

Do you have old, discontinued British pound bills? You can quickly and easily exchange them for dollars. We can help you exchange the bills in the pictures:

Great Britain and Northern Ireland used the Pound Sterling since the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the Latin pondus, meaning ‘weight’. The symbol for the pound is ‘£ ‘, which is the symbol for the Roman measure of weight ‘libra’, and represents an ‘L.’

British pounds are currently in circulation, issued by the Bank of England:

In 2000, the Bank of England first issued the current version of Pound Sterling banknotes with advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting, including a security thread and a hologram.

These bills are legal tender in England and Wales, and we can exchange them for you.

Discontinued British pounds issued by the Bank of England

  • The bills are no longer legal tender in England and Wales.
  • You cannot pay with these bills in stores in England and Wales.
  • Contact us to exchange these bills.

Discontinued British pounds issued by HM Treasury:

  • The Treasury issued these pre-decimal banknotes for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland between 1914 and 1928. Prior to the implementation of the decimal system, one Pound Sterling was divided into 20 shillings, and each shilling was divided into 12 pence. Therefore, each Pound was equivalent to 240 pence. These bills have since been discontinued  and are not legal tender, but we can exchange these HM Treasury banknotes.
  • Contact us to exchange these bills.

Pound Sterling

The official name of the British pound is the Pound Sterling. Bills are issued by the Bank of England are the official currency of England and Wales. The bills are also legal tender in dependent territories of the UK such as the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, St. Helena, the Island of Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands. Bills issued by commercial banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland are legal tender in those countries. The Pound Sterling also used to be legal tender in Cyprus and Egypt.

Old British pounds issued by the Bank of England

  • Old British pounds, called ‘white notes,’ are no longer issued.
  • Many white notes with face values from £5 to £50 were counterfeited by the Germans during Operation Bernhard in World War II.
  • Contact us to exchange these bills.

Exchange your British pounds for dollars!

Have some old British pounds, or perhaps a few bills left over from your trip to the UK? Want to exchange them?

At forgottenbucks.com, you can quickly and easily exchange British pounds for cash.

Exchange bills and coins from the UK and other countries. Remember that you can still exchange old, discontinued bills at forgottenbucks.com. We can help you exchange British pounds, German marks, Italian lira, Czech crowns, and many other currencies.

We buy British pound coins (GBP)

Have some leftover coins from your trip to the UK and don’t know what to do with them? With us, you can easily exchange them for dollars. Get cash for the coins in the pictures:

British coins in circulation

  • Outside of Great Britain, banks and exchange offices typically do not accept coins, only bills.
  • We cannot exchange coins from before the decimalization of the British pound (when the old system of pounds, shillings, and pence was replaced), large versions in denominations of 50, 10, and 5, or halfpenny coins.
  • We exchange the British pound coins shown in the pictures, as well as commemorative coins. We also exchange rarer 5 pound and 25 pence coins.
  • Fill in the contact form below to exchange coins.

Two pounds: We exchange coins with similar obverse sides, regardless of when they were minted. Two pound coins have various reverse sides.

One pound: We exchange coins with similar obverse sides, regardless of when they were minted. One pound coins have various reverse sides.

50 pence: We exchange coins minted in or after 1997.

20 pence: We exchange all coins, regardless when they were minted.

10 pence: We exchange coins minted in or after 1992.

5 pence: We exchange coins minted in or after 1992.

2 pence: We exchange coins minted in or after 1971. It is important that coins minted after 1971 bear the inscription ‘New Pence.’

1 penny: We exchange coins minted in or after 1971. It is important that coins minted after 1971 bear the inscription ‘New Penny.’

Exchange coins for dollars

At forgottenbucks.com, you can quickly and easily exchange those British coins you have tucked away in a drawer somewhere.

Exchange coins from UK and other countries at forgottenbucks.com. Remember that you can still exchange currencies which are no longer in circulation. We can help you exchange New Zealand dollars, German marks, Italian lira, Irish pounds, Czech crowns, and many other currencies.

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