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The British Pound

The British pound has a share of almost 13 percent in daily currency trades. The official name of the currency is pound sterling. As one of the oldest central banks in the world, the Bank of England was founded in 1694 to act as the government’s banker and debt-manager.

It began issuing notes the same year, where notes had a few lines of engraved text, promising to pay a specified sum at the Bank's premises with spaces for a handwritten date, number, signature, and the name of the payee. In 1734, the Bank moved to Threadneedle Street in London and is still located there today.

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