ORIGINAL & GENUINE JEWISH MADE GERMAN FAKE “ENGLISH POUND” OPERATION
KNOWN AS: BERNHARD NOTE
During World War II, nearly perfect English pound notes were produced by Jewish prisoners in German prisoner of war camps. The operation (the second of its’ kind) was code named “Bernhard” after its’ director and was to be used as a plan to destabilize Britain and its’ economy to help towards the eventual defeat by the Nazis over Great Britain.
In 1942, the German Brigadier General “Doerner” visited several concentration camps culling Jews with special talents, including engravers, printers, designers, bankers etc., of more than ten different nationalities. They were promised better living conditions if they were to help produce the perfect copy of the British money at the time.
There were more than one hundred security checks on these uniface (blank on the back) British notes to be re-worked. After several months of attempts and failures, the near perfect notes were being turned out in large numbers. Fortunately, the Bank of England found out about this scheme fairly early on, but none the less many thousands of these notes were passed into the system.
The genuine “Bernhard” notes were, of course, in nice condition due to being newly printed, so they had teams of people who “circulated” them by poking holes, fraying the edges, pulling off bits of the corner, folding them, even putting stains on them)
HOW TO TELL THE FAKE FROM THE REAL NOTE?
Apparently, there are many ways (not that I personally know them) however it is said that the easiest way is to see if there is a line going up to the first Serif “N” in the watermark “ENGLAND” hits the center (A Fake) as opposed to the left. Another option is to look at the Britannia vignette, the forgeries have a lower quality vignette with features no so defined, especially the eyes. In addition on the genuine notes Britannia is wearing a round earing, this is not shown on the forgeries.
Here are two different notes, which we believe are the fake notes, but from the information above the line does go to the left part of the “N” and not the center. In addition it looks like there is no earring in Britannia’s ear. However, my eye sight is not what it was, so the jury is still out.