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Lot# 579Estimate: US$6500
World Banknotes. Fanning Island Plantations Ltd. One Pound

World Banknotes. Fanning Island Plantations Ltd. One Pound, . g. 1942. Complete Fanning Island Plantations Ltd. Note. One Pound ND (1942). Schwann-Boling 1541a1Complete original uncut note #3096. Classic Rarity of which only slightly more than a dozen are known.. PMG-Choice Extremely Fine-45.

Fanning Island lies between Hawaii and Australia and was a relay station for the Cable and Wireless Company, a vital link between the US and Australia. With an influx of US troops in 1942, local Australian money in circulation was insufficient for their needs. R.G.Garrett, manager of the Plantation, ordered in excess of 3000 emergency notes to be printed in Hawaii. These were used for local labor, and when the shortage abated, they were collected and cut up, to be recycled as theater tickets. Complete issued notes are very rare. This note has the added distinction of having been autographed by several members of the USO Pacific Tour troop as part of a “Short Snorter”. It bears the autographed signatures of actors Boris Karloff, Maurice Evans, Werner Klemperer, Mary Adams, Gracie Fields and Robert Karnes, and several others. There is only one other note to our knowledge that has been signed by USO entertainers.
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