1. a banknote.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Screen — A one Pound Note.|
|Life’s Painter 179: Screen, a bank note.|
|‘Cant Lang. of Thieves’ Monthly Mag. 7 Jan. n.p.: Drawing a Reader with Bank Screens Stealing a Pocket-book with Bank-notes.|
|Life, Adventures and Opinions II 61: Those necessary professional accomplishments, such as [...] how to frisk his gropers for his reader and screens.|
|Proc. Old Bailey 12 Jan. 95/2: Q. What do you understand by screens - A. Bank notes. The prisoner said he had got some screens to dispose of [...] they were prigg’d screens. I understood by that that they were stolen notes; prigg'd screens is the cant term for stolen notes.|
|Life in London (1869) 312: It’s full of pothooks and hangers — and not a screen in it.|
|Heart of London II i: shut. What the deuce brought you here? covey. Oh, a little screen faking, that’s all.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 60: Nummy Ned goes on tout to the gardens, pipes a swell, stalls round him, fam’s him, touches the rumbo [...] Five cooters and a screan ten.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 34/1: I don’t think it will be any use taking ‘screens’ of this kind to the ‘start’ with us.|
|‘Buhloone Mindstate’ [lyrics] I had screens in my pocket / And tonight’s my date .|
2. (also flash screen) a counterfeit note.
|London Guide 3: A ‘jobber’ [...] who ‘hung about’ the Queen’s Head, corner of St John’s Street [...] was always furnished with good smooth whites; which [...] was flash for bad shillings, as screens is for forged notes.|
|Real Life in London I 555: The purse of course is found to contain counterfeit money—Flash-screens or Fleet-notes.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|