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Auction 72: March 16th, 2017

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Lot: 119 (HOLOCAUST). Four Bank of England counterfeit notes forged by Jewish concentration camp prisoners, under Operation Bernhard, based in Sachsenhausen. One of each: 5, 10, 20 and 50. 5 x 8.5 inches.

Union of Polish Patriots in the USSR, (Sachsenhausen, Germany): 1943. Est: $4,000 - $6,000

-During World War II, the Nazis devised a secret plan of economic warfare - Operation Bernhard - to destabilize the British economy by flooding it with forged bank-notes. In 1943 the Germans introduced into circulation counterfeit British 5, 10, 20 and 50 notes. A talented team of Jewish concentration camp prisoners were forced to create, what became the largest counterfeiting operation in history. The notes are considered among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced.
     * WITH: Brian Burke. Nazi Counterfeiting of British Currency During World War II. (San Bernardino, 1987).

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