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This book is the result of an intensive and comprehensive five-year study in which more than 3000 documents were consulted. Much information was collected from over twenty archives, banknote collections and collectors and many interviews were conducted, making it a unique and groundbreaking study. The book runs to 424 pages and includes colour illustration of all known currency notes, identified by date and prefix, proofs and die proofs of unissued designs, World War II emergency proofs, sketches and much more. Many of them are published here for the first time and some are the only recorded examples in existence
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Raphael (Rafi) Dabbah was born in 1972 in Tel Aviv. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and an LL.M. degree. Raphael has been a numismatist for the past twenty-five years. He is the author of several articles on banknotes, among them a comprehensive guide for official books and research published by central banks and issuing authorities. In 1999, he began his pioneering research concerning the currency notes of the Palestine Currency Board, leading eventually to the publication of this book in 2005. Today he is recognised as one of the top systematic researchers on the subjectReview:
Knowing that the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money only lists six type notes for the currency notes issued by the Palestine Currency Board, it is at first difficult to understand how a book could be written on the subject that contains over 420 pages. The primary reason is that many notes are displayed at their full size and that each date variety and notes with each serial number prefix is reproduced in reduced format. In addition, trial printings, proofs, and counterfeits find their way into the history of the notes. The coffee-table style of the book, with full colour reproductions of the notes, makes it very attractive and easy to read. However, underlying the superb presentation is a scholarly and well-researched account of the notes issued by the Currency Board. --Peter J. Symes, IBNS journal, September 5, 2005
The Currency Notes of the Palestine Currency Board by Raphael Dabbah is the new definitive book on the subject. The text is a well researched account of the notes issued by the Currency Board from numerous archives in England and Israel. Many of the notes are displayed in their full size in this large format book which is printed on expensive glossy stock paper. Each date variety and serial number prefix is reproduced in reduced format. Trial printings and proofs from prominent collections are illustrated in true color. Official notices and placards relating to the currency are illustrated In addition, Raphael Dabbah provides information on the fiscal economy of the Yishuv at the time of the first World War. The emergency checks issued by the Anglo Palestine Bank, the Jaffa Merchants Association food tokens and the Tel Aviv Committee small change notes have been well researched. There are chapters on the Egyptian currency used in Palestine from 1914-1927 prior to the formation of the currency board. The book covers proposals for the introduction of currency to Palestine, anecodes relating to the currency notes, detailed drawings of original artwork, descriptions of he images on the notes, short biographies of the signatories and the story of the end of the Palestine Currency Board with the transfer of its assets to the new State of Israel. --Edward Schuman, SHEKEL journal, July 5, 2006
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