tools-wench

Notice of Temporary Closure

In a pre-emptive measure to protect visitors and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19, the Bank of Canada Museum has temporarily closed to the public and suspended all public programming.

National Currency Collection

South Africa, Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell Standard Bank of South Africa, 1 pound : 1900

Story

If MacGyver had to print currency.

During the Boer War, the small British garrison town of Mafeking was besieged by the Boer Army for 31 weeks. Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, future founder of the Boy Scouts, commanded the garrison. In order to maintain an economy, they needed currency. Baden-Powell, always prepared, printed ‘siege money’ using a carved croquet mallet head as a stamp. This paper “money” was to be used only during the siege, redeemable for cash after the end of the conflict. Once the siege lifted, many people chose not to redeem their notes, keeping them as souvenirs of their experience.

Item Details

Categorization

Collection
Note
Class
Military
Name
Siege money
Form
Issued

Locations

Country
South Africa
City
Mafikeng

Denominations

1 pound

Dates

Engraved date
March, 1900

Period Events

Event
Siege of Mafeking, 13 October 1899 - 16 May 1900

Authorities

Issuing authority
Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell Standard Bank of South Africa

Designs

Subject Face
Soldiers - battle
Motif Face
Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell

Detail Type

Embossment Face
BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / ONE PENNY

Measurements

Object

Horizontal
136.00mm
Vertical
102.00mm

Materials

Object
Paper

30 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G9, CANADA
613-782-8914