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DARDANELLES CAMPAIGN OVERPRINTS

The official Treasury minute in the Public Record Office states that the £1 and 10s currency banknotes were issued for use by the entire British Military Expeditionary Forces in the Mediterranean and the Naval Expeditionary Forces from May to June 1915.  The banknotes we now know were overprinted from May to November 1915 (Inland Revenue records state 21st May 1915), being sent only to Alexandria, some arriving after the Gallipoli campaign (19th February 1915 to 9th January 1916) had ended on 9th January 1916.  240,000 £1 were sent and 1,620,000 10s.  S and T prefix £1’s were also printed and later destroyed as were W and X 10s.  Prefixes used for T14 £1 overprinting were drawn from the print run of T11-1 and T15 10s from T13-1.
 

 

 

 

Dardanelles 10s prefixes issued and the actual serial tranches Overprinted in 1915.

 

Prefixes Lowest Highest Total Issued None seen *
Y/1 to Y/30 018501 019000   15,000  
  025001 025500   15,000 *
  034501 035000   15,000  
  040501 044000 105,000  
  045001 047000   60,000  
  047501 049000   45,000  
  080501 086000 165,000  
  093001 094000   30,000  
  094001 094500   10,000 * Y/1 to Y/30 cancelled
  094501 100000 165,000  
         
Z/1 to Z/30 010001 010500   15,000  
  012001 012500   15,000  
  014501 016500   60,000  
  017001 017500   10,000  
  018001 020000   60,000  
  022501 024000   45,000     
  024501 025000   15,000  
  027001 028000   30,000  
  038001 038500   15,000  
  039501 041000   45,000  
  043001 044500   45,000  
  045501 046500   30,000  
  047001 047500   15,000  
  093001 096500 105,000  
  096501 097000   15,000 * cancelled
  097001 100000   90,000  
         Total  
      1,240,000  

 

W/1 to W/30, W/61 to W/90 and X/1 to X/90 printed some transported, all later destroyed.  A few W and X prefixes delivered Alexandria, but were probably never issued.

 

   

 

The translation of the Arabic characters reads (from right to left):

Piastres silver 60 / Piastres silver sixty

 

Any prefix / serial not listed is a fake.

 

 

 

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