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DARDANELLES CAMPAIGN OVERPRINTS

This information was researched by Tim Lawes at British Library Philatelic Collections, with the help of curators Richard and Paul.

 

    

  F prefix with thin overprint.

 

Dardanelles £1 prefixes issued and the actual serial tranches Overprinted in 1915.

 

Prefixes
Lowest Highest Total Issued None seen            
F/61 to F/70 39501 42500 30,000  
  48001 50000 20,000  
         
J/51 to J/60 58501 61500 30,000  
  62001 64000 20,000  
         
M/31 to M/40 41001 44000 30,000  
  50501 51000   5,000 *
  55501 56000   5,000 *
  58501 59000   5,000 *
  59501 60000   5,000 *
         
P/51 to P/60 88001 88500   5,000  
  89001 90000 10,000  
  91505 93000 15,000  
  94501 96000 15,000 *
  97001 97500   5,000  
        Total  
      200,000  

 

J/51 and M/31 prefixes not logged.

 

S/1 to S/10 printed and issued, sent to Alexandria and should be included in the totals of banknotes sent.  These banknotes made up the fourth and final shipment which overshot it's destination and did not reach the Command Paymaster until after the MEF had been evacuated.  We have to assume they were destroyed, unissued, but, some may have survived somewhere in the Near East.

S/1 to S/10 000501 002000 15,000 *                     
  004001 004500   5,000 *
  006001 006500   5,000 *
  007501 009000 15,000 *
      Total  
      40,000  

 

T/31 to T/40 printed but not issued and later destroyed.

 

  

  The J, M and P prefix banknotes have a thick overprint.

 

 

  Thin  Overprint  2nd & 3rd tails thin

 

  Thick  Overprint  2nd & 3rd tails thick

 

The translation on the £1 in Arabic characters reads (from right to left):

Piastres silver 120 / Piastres silver one hundred and twenty

 

Any prefix / serial not listed is a fake.

 

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