1 Shilling - British Military Authority


Issuer United Kingdom (United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies)
Issuing entity British Military Authority
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1942-1947
Value 1 Shilling (1⁄20)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Paper
Size 114 × 70 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized Yes
References P# M2,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, United States.
And 2 more volumes.
RM# 2a
Richard John Marles; 2014. Collectors' British Military Money 1943-1972 (2nd revised edition). Rotographic Publications, Torquay, United Kingdom.


Central denomination with crowned lion atop crown to left and lettering above.



Central denomination.

Lettering: 1/-


Issued by the British military during WWII in North Africa, Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia:

Series A, B, C, D, E, F and L were issued in Tripolitania.
Series K was issued in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Series R was issued in mainland Greece and the Dodecanese Islands.
Series S was issued in mainland Italy and Sicily.
Series X was issued in Yugoslavia.

In Tripolitania, these notes were exchanged for Italian lire at a rate of 400 lire = £1, whilst in Italy the rate was 480 lire = £1.
Those issued for use in Greece circulated alongside the new post-war drachma, at a rate of 600 new drachmai to 1 BMA pound, to help the Greek population trust the new drachma through its connection to a stable currency.
On the Dodecanese Islands, the BMA notes replaced the Italian lira at a rate of 400 lire = £1 in 1945. They circulated there until the end of the British adminstration in 1947, when they were replaced by drachmai at a rate of £1 = 20,000 drachmai.

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1942-1943)  35 000 000 $ 4.20 $ 4.90 $ 11 80% Series A-F, L
ND (1942-1943)  4 000 000 13% Series K
ND (1943-1945)  4 000 000 6% Series S
ND (1944)  4 000 000 0% Series X
ND (1945-1947)  4 000 000 1.7% Series R

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Shilling - British Military AuthorityPicture 1 of a sold 1 Shilling - British Military Authority
Auction 71
Lot 3097
Internet Archive
Nov 30, 2022 ND (1942-1943) – Series A-F, L F Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Shilling - British Military AuthorityPicture 1 of a sold 1 Shilling - British Military Authority
Auction 93
Lot 2421
Internet Archive
Aug 24, 2023 Undetermined F USD 5.42
(EUR 5.00)
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