Anglo Boer War. Siege of Mafeking.


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5 individual items. They are in good condition:

3 vouchers for 1s, 2s, and 3s respectively

2 bank notes – 1 of the 10s note and 1 of the £1 note – with a small tear at the top of it and a crease down the middle .

Baden-Powell's Mafeking Siege banknotes
As normal commerce was interrupted and rationing ordered, Baden-Powell issued 1, 2 and 3 shilling coupons as well as as ten-shilling and one-pound notes. From February to March 1900, these notes were printed in an underground shelter on ordinary writing paper. As the notes were released into circulation, the Army Paymaster, Capt. Greener, collateralized the notes by depositing checks of an equivalent amount into the Mafeking branch of the Standard Bank of South Africa, which were accepted by Robert Bradshaw Urry, the manager.

Robert Bradshaw Clarke Urry, the then manager of the Standard Bank at Mafeking in South Africa, co-signed the ten-shilling and one-pound siege notes with the "Army Pay master", Captain Greener.

The ten-shilling note was printed from a woodcut, using a croquet mallet cut in half for the block. As each issue of notes was released into circulation, the army paymaster gave the notes authority by depositing a cheque of an equivalent amount into the Mafeking branch of the Standard Bank of South Africa. The issue could thus be redeemed at that bank following the resumption of civil law. So few of the notes and coupons were actually redeemed that it created a rather fat bank account and later raised questions of faulty accounting. The last notes were redeemed in 1908.

Over £5,228 in notes and coupons were issued, however, little more than £638 were ever redeemed. The rest were kept as souvenirs of the siege of Mafeking or lost, and redemption of the notes ceased in September 1908.

  • Overall Condition: Good copies
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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