The Coins and Banknotes of Palestine Under the British Mandate, 1927-1947by Howard M. Berlin
From 1923 until May 1948, Palestine was under a British Mandate. Beginning in 1927, on the Eve of the tenth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Palestine began producing its own money. The coins and banknotes that were legal tender during these two decades are especially interesting both to collectors and historians. A brief history of Palestine up to 1948 and
From 1923 until May 1948, Palestine was under a British Mandate. Beginning in 1927, on the Eve of the tenth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Palestine began producing its own money. The coins and banknotes that were legal tender during these two decades are especially interesting both to collectors and historians. A brief history of Palestine up to 1948 and information on the Palestine Currency Board provide background information. Complete numismatic information is then presented for each coin and banknote. Also covered are the mysterious 1927 Holyland Token, counterfeit issues, and vignettes of the religious sites featured on banknotes. Appendices present the text of the British Mandate for Palestine, catalog numbering systems for Palestine coins and banknotes, and a checklist for collectors. (The text does not introduce a new numbering system.) Color and black and white illustrations bring these beautiful pieces of currency, many now rarities, to life.
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Meet the Author
Retired college professor and inventor Howard M. Berlin lives in Wilmington, Delaware. He holds three United States patents for his inventions and is the author of over 30 books on diverse subjects, including cinema and numismatics. He has been collecting coins and banknotes of the Palestine Mandate for over two decades, has exhibited his collection widely, winning numerous awards. He is a member of the Numismatic Literary Guild.
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Besides all of the coins and banknotes, also dealt with is the puzzling '1927 Holyland Token.' Whether this 'token' with a minting of only 500 copies was meant as a limited type of currency or a souvenir of Palestine has never been definitively answered. A middle-section of color photos along with many black-and-white ones--both kinds sharply focused allowing for inspection of details--aid collectors in studying the currency during this brief period in a small area of the Middle East and in making comparisons with specimens at hand. Berlin's five pages of references lead readers to more specialized, detailed material than what is succinctly contained here. Berlin is the author of more than 30 books, most of these references and guides to different subjects and he holds three patents.