Saint Helena Pound Currency | UK Ascension Island

Saint Helena Pound

Saint Helena Pound:

The Saint Helenian pound is the official currency of the Atlantic islands of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is subdivided into 100 pence. The official code of Saint Helena pound is SHP and symbol is £.. The British Pound Sterling was earlier subdivided into twenty shillings with each shilling in turn into twelve pence. The St. Helena government began issuing new, decimal denominated banknotes in 1976 for use on the island, with the introduction of circulation coins intended for use on St. Helena as well as Ascension,  beginning in 1984.

Coins for circulation were introduced in 1984 in the names of St. Helena and Ascension in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 pence and 1 pound. Tristan Da Cunha Island also used both coins and notes of St. Helena and Ascension along with the British coins and notes. In 1991, Queen Elizabeth’s effigy was redesigned on most of the denominations. In 1998, 20 pence coins were introduced and older 5 and 10 pence were replaced by downsized issues featuring new animal designs that same year. Nickel-brass 2-pound coins were introduced to replace the note in 2002 and in the same year bimetallic 2-pound was also introduced. In 1998, the ten pence coins were introduced. The Governor and council of the Island of St Helena issued notes from 1716 in denominations of 2 1/2 and 5 shillings and 1 and 2 pounds. These notes were issued up until the late 18th century.  St Helena currency Board produced the next issue of notes in denominations of 5, 20 and 40 shillings in sometime after 1917. The currency board of the Government of Saint Helena began issuing 1-and 5-pound notes in 1976. 50-pence and 10-pound notes were introduced in 1979. In 1984, 50 pence and 1 pound notes were replaced by coinciding coins. In 1986,  20-pound notes were introduced. A new series of 5, 10 and 20-pound notes were introduced in 2004 with a redesign and newer security features.

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Saint Helena Pound

Saint Helena Pound (Ascension Island (UK)):

Code: SHP

Symbol: £




£5, £10, £20


1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 pence, £1, £2


Government of Saint Helena

Most traded currencies:

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