Lot 160

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Red Overprint in Turkish Arabic script for the Dardanelles Campaign in World War I

  • Paper Money, Australia & New Zealand
  • Literature:
  • Coins, Monies & Stamps
  • Medium:
  • 396
  • Circa:
  • Collectibles
  • Notes:
  • In 1915 the Allies had anticipated a quick victory at Gallipoli before a triumphant march on to Istanbul. In planning the campaign the British, Australian and New Zealand 'occupying' troops were issued with banknotes with which to buy goods and services from the local population. These were British Treasury Ten Shilling and Pound banknotes signed by John Bradbury and overprinted with Arab lettering, which explained in Turkish that the Ten Shilling note had an was exchange rate of 60 silver piastres and the Pound 120 silver piastres. The prospect of an early victory soon dissipated and with no real contact with the local population the notes were quickly withdrawn. The Ten Shilling notes although scarce have survived in reasonable numbers backing anecdotal accounts that they were given out in far larger numbers to enlisted men, while the surviving Pound notes which are extremely rare were thought to be reserved for officers only.
  • Condition:
  • Fully intact but with minor paper separations on folds

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September 6, 2020 12:00 PM AEST
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