Currency note issued by Gordon during the siege of Khartoum

Item

Title

Currency note issued by Gordon during the siege of Khartoum
currency

Subject

Sudan
Ephemera

Description

A currency note issued by Gordon during the siege of Khartoum, 1884-5, bearing his signature, alongside a translation of the Arabic.
At Gordon’s instructions, the Khartoum mint printed small bank notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 2,500 and 5,000 piastres (100 to the Egyptian pound), many bearing this date of issue, 25 April 1884.
The central, hand-written inscription on each note reads: ‘This amount is approved and is to be paid from the Treasury of Khartoum or of Egypt six months from the date of issue - Ghūrdūn Bāshā’. The note is endorsed with Gordon’s signature and his personal stamp in Arabic.
Framed and glazed, incorrectly described by catalogue as 'post-Omdurman'. Wooden frame, gold gild. Arabic with English translation. Signed by Gordon on 25th April 1884. [FN/ON 14.8.18, FHM 2019]

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

1884

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Length
mm
377

Identifier

GGC272

Language

Rights

© Royal Engineers Museum

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