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drachma note has been reported, this one with the Greek prefix letter eta (H). Maybe some day this little mystery will be cleared up.

The last and perhaps most fascinating of the aforementioned inconsistencies is the phenomenon of identical series and serial numbers. This condition is peculiar to the

black serial series/serial

numbers commencing with number in red. To put the

Pick 132. matter into

I have never seen an identical historical perspective one must

remember

that

by

October

1944

the

German

occupation

of

Greece

was

nearing

its

end.

In fact, the last of the German forces supply lines having been cut by Greek

were cleared from Greece on 25 November, their and Yugoslav partisans and British paratroopers.

Once liberated, aimed at redeeming thereafter at a ratio of Thus, one 100 billion ones (Pick 320).

one of the first laws passed by the restored monarchy was one this near worthless paper. The exchange commenced shortly fifty billion inflation drachma to one new one (50,000,000,000:1). drachma note (pick 135) was exchanged for two new 1 drachma

When examining notes containing identical serial numbers one soon discovers that several different varieties exist. These varieties concern the positioning of the series letters in relation to the serial number, and the size of the serial number itself. This creates four distinct varieties of notes. The four types may be described as follows:

  • a.

    large serial number with series letter prefix

  • b.

    small serial number with series letter prefix

  • c.

    large serial number with series letter suffix

  • d.

    small serial number with series letter suffix

All notes do not necessarily contain all four varieties. The serial number itself is always limited to six digits, for example: KΔ 327940. If the number applied to the note contains less than six digits, the balance is made up with zeros ( ΓΒ 000037 ). The large size serial number measures 4.5mm, while the small number is 3mm tall. The Greek series letters may be either single or double combinations, although the single series letters are, as one might expect, difficult to find. As to color, all serial numbers are found in red until one gets to Pick 132 at which point the color changes consistently to black. It is only within this latter range (Pick 132 through P135) that ones finds identical serial numbers on the same note.

The series P132-135 serial numbers, while all 3mm in height, contain two sub- types of their own - those which appear to be applied to the finished note, and those where the serial number is part of the plate itself. Years ago, in an effort to discover more about the identical serial number phenomenon, I surveyed my follow collectors as to what they held in their collections. The results were enlightening. With many

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