2 Shillings 6 Pence - British Military Authority

2 Shillings 6 Pence - British Military Authority - obverse2 Shillings 6 Pence - British Military Authority - reverse



Location 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 2 Shillings 6 Pence (⅛)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Paper
Size 114 × 73 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 236394
References P# M3,
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# 3a
Richard John Marles; 2014. Collectors' British Military Money 1943-1972 (2nd revised edition). Rotographic Publications, Torquay, United Kingdom.


Central crowned lion atop royal crown, denomination either side, lettering above.

Script: Latin



Central denomination.

Lettering: 2/6


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)  17 000 000 90% Series A-F, L
ND (1942-1943)  4 000 000 5% Series K
ND (1943-1945)  4 000 000 2% Series S
ND (1944)  4 000 000 0% Series X
ND (1944-1947)  4 000 000 2% Series R

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this banknote. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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