World War II Banknotes

Authentic WWII banknotes from the UK, the Allied Forces & the Axis Powers.

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Picture of Belgium Meulebecke Ration Coupons 1-20 Francs 1940 (5 values) Unissued

Belgium Meulebecke Ration Coupons 1-20 Francs 1940 (5 values) Unissued

During the Second World War, the local authority in Meulebecke in Belgium issued ration coupons. They were issued in June 1940 and printed simply locally. This set comprises 5 values from the 1 frank to 10 franks. They are in Uncirculated condition, unissued awaiting the rubber stamp of the Burgermeister. These sets are rare. The first realised 300 Euros in a Belgian auction but due to our determined haggling with the dealer who owned them, we can offer them for much less! Scarce World War Two Ration Coupons.
£36.50
Picture of Belgium, Meulebeke, World War II Set of 4

Belgium, Meulebeke, World War II Set of 4

A scarce set of notes issued by the local authorities in Meulebeke, Belgium during World War II. The denominations are 1f, 5f, 10f and 20f and they are dated 11-6-1940. Each has the rubber stamp of the City on the back, when they were used they rubber stamped the name of the Burgemeester. They also have a pin hole in the centre which is from the spindle where they were put when redeemed. Without the signature and pin hole they were not valid. One set sold at an auction in Belgium recently for EUR300 (around £260). We had never seen them before but we managed to buy a small quantity of these notes recently and are able to offer them to our customers at a huge saving. They are very interesting notes and quite attractive given the circumstances under which they were printed. Get yours while stocks last.
£39.50
Picture of Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249) Unc

Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249) Unc

During the Second World War the Bank of England was concerned that the currency could be counterfeited. To thwart counterfeiters it was decided to change the colour of the £1 note from the traditional green to blue pink Perhaps the most significant change was the introduction of an embedded security thread in the body of the note. We regard this feature as standard today but then it was considered revolutionary. The bank ditched the new colours once the war was over reverting to the traditional green. The new security feature was retained . This is a classic note which any Bank of England collection should include. It is important because it was the first note to contain an embedded metal security thread. Available in Fine, Very Fine and Extremely Fine and Uncirculated Image of note is a representative item from stock and will not necessarily be the actual item supplied.
£57.50
Picture of Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), EXTREMELY FINE

Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), EXTREMELY FINE

A revolutionary note which was the first to include the embedded metal security thread. Signed by K.O. Peppiatt as Chief Cashier.
£42.50
Picture of Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), FINE

Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), FINE

A revolutionary note which was the first to include the embedded metal security thread. Signed by K.O. Peppiatt as Chief Cashier.
£14.50
Picture of Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), VERY FINE

Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), VERY FINE

A revolutionary note which was the first to include the embedded metal security thread. Signed by K.O. Peppiatt as Chief Cashier.
£21.50
Picture of Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), VG

Blue/Pink Wartime £1 (B249), VG

A revolutionary note which was the first to include the embedded metal security thread. Signed by K.O. Peppiatt as Chief Cashier.
£8.75
Picture of British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 1940s, Bearer. Used.

British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 1940s, Bearer. Used.

The British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 1940's, pay to Bearer, blue 2d. oval duty stamp, printed by Banks & Co., black on green, black security panel, Used. Small format 145x75mm

£4.00
Picture of British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 1940s. Used

British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 1940s. Used

The British Linen Bank, Dumfries, 19--, pay to Order, blue 2d. oval duty stamp, printed by Banks & Co., black on yellow, black security panel, Used. Small format 155x75mm

£3.00
Picture of British Linen Bank, Dundee, 1940s. Used

British Linen Bank, Dundee, 1940s. Used

The British Linen Bank, Dundee, 1940's, pay to Order, blue oval duty stamp, printed by Banks & Co., special printing for The Seaforth Highlander's Regimental Association Club, black on yellow, black sec. panel. Used. 

£4.00
Picture of Croatia 1000 Kuna 1941 P4 VF-GVF

Croatia 1000 Kuna 1941 P4 VF-GVF

During the Second World War, Croatia was under German Occupation. Notes were issued for the duration and this 1000 kuna note is from that series (P4) It is dated 1941 and is available in Very Fine- Good Very Fine condition. It’s densely engraved with a young girl to the left. Security features include thick fibres scattered randomly.
£8.75
Picture of France 50 Francs 1941 P93 Crisp  AU/Unc

France 50 Francs 1941 P93 Crisp AU/Unc

France has long been known for producing exquisite banknotes This 50 francs, dated 1941, is no exception(P93) The front features a portrait of Jacques Coeur, a fabulously successful 15th century merchant. He represented France in three embassies alongside other roles such as Master of the Mint. His surname, translated from the French means heart so there is a heart shaped watermark area to the right of his portrait. We are delighted to off er this charming Jacques Coeur 50 francs in Crisp AU/ Uncirculated condition.
£57.50
Picture of Greece 1000 Drachma 1942 P118 AU/Unc

Greece 1000 Drachma 1942 P118 AU/Unc

Greece 1000 drachma 1942 P118 Slub olive and grey Young girl at centre/ Lion statue. Gef Unc
£6.50
Greece 25,000 Drachma 1943 P123 Unc

Greece 25,000 Drachma 1943 P123 Unc

We have a limited supply of these 25,000 drachma notes dated 1943 in Uncirculated condition (P123) They were issued during the privations of war but like all issues from this period, reference the glories of Ancient Greece in their design. The front has a portrait of the Nymph Deidamia while the back features the ruins of the Olympian Temple of Zeus in the centre of Athens. Crisp Uncirculated.
£9.50
Greece 5000 Drachma 1942 P119a VF_obv

Greece 5000 Drachma 1942 P119a VF

No, this is not about sports equipment! This is the 5000 drachma note issued by Greece in 1942 when it was under German Occupation (P119) Despite the privations of war, Greece still managed to issue impressively illustrated notes which reflected its considerable heritage. On this 5000 drachma, the statue of Nike at Samothrace dominates the front with workers to the left and right. On the back, a famer sowing seeds. Available in VF and GEF/Unc.
£4.50
Greece 5000 Drachma 1943 P122 Unc

Greece 5000 Drachma 1943 P122 Unc

Crisp note issued during the Second World War in Greece. Its design draws on Greece’s ancient history.The 5000 drachma dated 1943 (P122) features a portrait of Athena on the front with a detail of a sculpted equestrian relief on the back. Uncirculated.
£12.50
Picture of Greece, 1000 Drachma, 1939. VF Condition

Greece, 1000 Drachma, 1939. VF Condition

These 1000 drachma notes are dated 1939, that’s 2 years before Greece was occupied by the Axis powers in 1941 during the Second World War. It was the largest denomination at the time and, during the war, Greece suffered terribly from runaway inflation. The front of the note features a young woman in national dress. The back has a portrait of Athena to the left with an imposing illustration of The Parthenon which even today dominates the Athens skyline. (P110)
£6.75
Picture of Greece, Nike 5000 drachma, 1942. (P119) GEF/UNC

Greece, Nike 5000 drachma, 1942. (P119) GEF/UNC

No, this is not about sports equipment! This is the 5000 drachma issued by Greece in 1942 when it was under German Occupation. Despite the privations of war, Greece still managed to issue impressively illustrated notes which reflected its considerable heritage. On this 5000 drachma the statue of Nike at Samothrace dominates the front with workers to the left and right. On the back is a farmer sowing seeds. Crisp GEF/Unc
£9.50
Picture of Guernsey German Occupation £1 VG Condition

Guernsey German Occupation £1 VG Condition

The Channel Islands were the only part of British territory occupied by the Germans in World War II. The local residents in Guernsey wanted to issue small denomination notes for change as all metal coins had long disappeared from circulation. The Germans only allowed these small notes to be issued if the locals put up the equivalent in English Pounds. A total of 5000 £1 notes were taken from the vaults and overprinted 'Withdrawn from Circulation' so they could not be used by anyone, not even their German occupiers! A number of different types were taken from the bank that day but the ones we have on offer now are the Peppiatt pre-War issue of which there were a total of 1,885 surviving (B239A). All the serial numbers in the hoard which came to light over 20 years ago have been recorded and they are scarce. Very limited availability and an important part of our numismatic history.
£125.00
Picture of India Uncut Sheet 10 Rupees x 4

India Uncut Sheet 10 Rupees x 4

This Indian banknote is a real treasure from World War II. A German bombing raid on Scotland led to the ship they were on sinking. The Bank of England had printed the watermarked paper for King George VI banknotes of India. The paper would be overprinted in India and used as money. The watermark shows the portrait of King George VI with the words ‘Reserve Bank of India’ and the denomination ‘Ten Rupees’. These banknote sheets were on the treasure ship for more than 50+ years. We bought the treasure ship that contained all the sheets. There was a great write up in IBNS Journal a few years back. We have had them cut into collectable sheets of four notes, which is a great size for display. Hold a light behind the sheet to see it in all its glory. India, World War II and treasure, what more could you want? We have seen the uncut sheet of 4 Indian banknotes bring £60-£65 each at auction. They probably bought them from us and then put them into auction... You can have them at our price and not the auction price.
£24.50
Picture of India, Imperial Bank of India, Bombay, 1940s. Unissued.

India, Imperial Bank of India, Bombay, 1940s. Unissued.

Imperial Bank of India, Bombay, 1940's. Unissued cheque to Bearer, 1940's, Mauve printing. Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd.

£6.00
Picture of Italy 1 Lira 1944 P29 Unc

Italy 1 Lira 1944 P29 Unc

Italy 1 lira 1944 P29 Tiny Pink brown on cream/ Cameo portrait at lUnc
£9.50
Pound Type Set EF/Un_Illustration

Pound Type Set EF/Unc

It's now been over 30 years since the last £1 note was issued. Four £1 note designs have been gathered into this collection. They were issued in the period before and after World War II. You get the Blue Pink Pound, which was printed during World War II. You get the first Portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II and the last, smaller sized portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II. The collection is available here in EF/Unc.
£67.50
Pound Type Set F/VF_illustration

Pound Type Set F/VF

It's now been over 30 years since the last £1 note was issued. Four £1 note designs have been gathered into this collection. They were issued in the period before and after World War II. You get the Blue Pink Pound, which was printed during World War II. You get the first Portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II and the last, smaller sized portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II. The collection is available here in F/VF.
£42.50
Pound Type Set VG-Fine_illustration

Pound Type Set VG-Fine

It's now been over 30 years since the last £1 note was issued. Four £1 note designs have been gathered into this collection. They were issued in the period before and after World War II. You get the Blue Pink Pound, which was printed during World War II. You get the first Portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II and the last, smaller sized portrait note of Queen Elizabeth II. The collection is available here in VG/F.
£28.50