British Military

British Commonwealth Military Banknotes.

Refs. British Military Authority Occupation currency 1942 - 1956 T.F.A. van Elmpt 2003







The Dardanelles Campaign Overprints.

10/- or 60 silver Piastres and sixty silver Piastres.


Most catalogues have transcribed this overprint trying to read it left-to-right.

The Arabic script that was used to write Turkish in those days reads right-to-left.

The Dardanelles Campaign Overprints.

£1 or 120 silver Piastres and one hundred and twenty silver Piastres

A contemporary forgery on thick paper without watermark

British Postal Order 2/- Two Shillings

Issued 17 Jan 1917 at Field Post Office D.82

New Zealand Government Expeditionary Force 10/- Pay Warrant 1914

New Zealand Expeditionary Force 5/- Military Pay order c1914

German propaganda note.

The Arabic inscription reads:

"Signs of Disintegration. If you inspect this banknote, you will remember the time when it was worth ten times its present value in bright shiny gold. That was because at that time the strength and riches of the mighty British Empire supported such notes. But that greatness is fading as is the value of this worthless piece of paper. What is this note worth today? You certainly know the answer to that. With each passing day of this British inspired war, the strength of the Empire is depleted. Each battle that England loses causes a further weakening of their currency. The day draws near when even the beggars in the street will refuse the British banknote, even as a gift. Truly, Allah wills the collapse of Britain, which will surely come to pass."

Apparently the Luftwaffe dropped these notes in November and December of 1942 over a 200-mile area of Northern Egypt that included Cairo, Alexandria and El Alamein.