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Palestine: Tel Aviv Council 1 Bishlik token, 'Gimel' series, ND (1915), specimen /proof printed on cardboard, w/o serial # & signed Abraham Etkind; in EF (lt. paperclip imprint
Item code: 0133904

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Palestine: Tel Aviv Council 1 Bishlik token, 'Gimel' series, ND (1915), specimen /proof printed on cardboard, w/o serial # & signed Abraham Etkind; in EF (lt. paperclip imprint & sm. surface scratch): reg. issues printed on coarser currency paper, w/2 signatures, Council cachet & stamped serial num. Incl. w/this note is notarized statement (1977; w/photo) by Etkind testifying he signed these tokens in 1915 (he was 21); says notes were printed by Zeev Assur's (illegal) press in TLV. Heb. leg.: "Committee of Tel Aviv. The committee's treasury requests to hand over food stuffs and other provisions to the amount of 1 Beshlik to the bearer of this paper token. The treasury will pay its countervalue with checks of Apak [Anglo-Palestine Bank]. The committee of Tel Aviv." Originally issued 16/08/1914, to be redeemed w/ "Registered Cheques" issued 11 days later. The Turks didn't grant license to issue the tokens: the Procurer in Jaffa permitted them, but Jaffa military commander didn't & the tokens were w/drawn by published order, 13/01/1915. In 1970s Mr. Etkind found ununumbered, unissued & unstamped 1 Bishlik tokens signed by him in a drawer, a new issue that was in preparation when the w/drawal was ordered; ref: Franz Frankl, "First Necessity Currency...", The Shekel, Jan-Feb 1978, p.20-21.