5 pounds 1934-44 Great Britain PMG 45 – WWII German counterfeit “OPERATION BERNHARD”


Made in Sachsenhausen Camp by Jewish Inmates
Operation Bernhard was an exercise by Nazi Germany during the Second World War to forge British bank notes. The initial plan was to drop the notes over Britain to bring about a collapse of the British economy. The aim was changed in 1942 to forging money to finance German intelligence operations. Instead of a specialist unit within the SD, now prisoners from Nazi concentration camps were selected and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp to work. The unit produced British notes until mid-1945; estimates vary of the number and value of notes printed, from £132.6 million up to £300 million.

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A/251 35056


Pick# 335Ba