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 Posted 11/24/2021  7:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Orac to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@currencyden
This is very interesting!
The Central Bank of Ireland archives has a newspaper cutting on the incident. The then Irish banknote issuing authority, Currency Commission Ireland, was quite concerned about the possibility of Irish banknotes being in danger of damage, loss or destruction by German action, as they were printed in England and shipped to Ireland during the war. A special marking was added th the Irish notes to guard against the problem.

The Currency Commission kept the war situation under constant review, as evidenced by a small newspaper cutting retained from The Observer, dated Sunday 20 April 1941, which notes:

Turks Lose Banknotes
"'Because of what is described as "an accident" in the Piraeus to a ship carrying new Turkish bank notes and coins from England, the Central Bank of Turkey announces that such notes and coins are now invalid. A large quantity of the notes and coins were "dispersed", it was stated.'B.U.P."

The ship carrying the banknotes, SS City of Roubaix, happened to be in Piraeus Harbour in Greece on 6 April 1941, the day of the German invasion, and was bombed, allegedly by accident, in a German air raid on the port which was targeting nearby vessels.

Very interesting that your 50 K note is from that shipment.

I would be interested in a transcript of your talk, or a video of it if you made one.



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Here's my Turkey P1331 50 Kurus note. It has a center fold and edge dings. Obviously saw commerce - ILLEGALLY!
I'm giving a talk on this & all salvaged notes at the OCCC (Oklahoma City Coin Club).
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In 1941 the SS City of Roubaix was sunk by German warplanes. Actually a conflagration of fires burned all night in the harbor of Piraeus and the nearby Clan Fraser fire traveled to the Roubaix, which eventually blew up. It was in route from Rangoon, Burma to Liverpool, England. The cargo included bales of complete Turkey 50 Kurus notes (P133a) (40,000,000 notes) printed by Bradbury Wilkinson Co. and 100 Lirasi notes (P137) printed by Thomas De La Rue. Many of the 50 Kurus notes floated to nearby Greek islands, where they made instant millionaires out of several Greek locals. Although the entire shipment was invalidated, many of the notes were successfully used in trade. The rest of the 50 Kurus bank notes were returned to Turkey.

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 Posted 11/25/2021  04:56 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating story about those 50 kurus notes!

There is a story behind this grotty Brazilian note too:


This note was circulating in Brazil at the time of one of that country's periods of high inflation. In 1967 the old Cruziero was replaced by a new Cruziero worth 1,000 old Cruzieros. This note bears a stamp with its new face value of 50 centavos.

But how did it get in such awful condition? I imagine it received a lot of circulation in the late 1960s. But bizarrely I found it in my schoolhouse in England in the 1970s. I was in the queue for lunch when I noticed something that looked like a banknote stuffed into a crack in the wall. I pulled it out and it's been in my collection ever since...
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 Posted 11/25/2021  10:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CollegeBarbers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, @NumisRob! I think that note wins the hardest-working workhorse! I wonder how a note that worn ended up in England.

1943 Dutch East Indies 1 Gulden (P-111)

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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dispargum to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

This is a real ugly note. I don't know why I have bought this one recently:

Brazil, 2 Milreis, P 11, No Date but issued around 1900



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That's a fantastic example of a workhorse, @Dispargum! And to the CCF!

1985 Italy 5,000 Lire (P-111b)

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1990 5 Rupees from Sri Lanka (with vertical design on reverse):

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1990 5 Rupees from Sri Lanka (with vertical design on reverse):

-Nice example 'NumisRob' but it looks more like a 10 Rupee to me.

I posted this 1952 Five Rupees workhorse on CCF in September. Although in pretty rough shape, I did a quick search on the bay (before buying) & found it to be not as bad as I thought (most of the ones listed were in worse wear). Must have been a real workhorse for Ceylon (former Sri Lanka) as higher grades are very dear & tough to obtain.


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