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1 Pound 1956, South West Africa

in Krause book Number: 5b
Years of issue: 01.09.1956
Edition: 1 170 500 (1 007 957 cancelled, 162543 not issued)
Signatures: Accountant: Mr. J.W. Fivaz, Chief Agent: Mr. Gerard George Collins (in office 01.09.1956 - 29.11.1958)
Serie: Barclays Bank
Specimen of: 30.11.1954
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 167 x 76
Printer: Waterlow and Sons Limited, London

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1 Pound 1956




Medieval ship (sailing ship). The type of ship till now not determined.


On ships sail is The Emblem of Barclays Bank - black eagle.


1 Pound 1956


Three Merino sheep grazing on mountained background. Behind the sheep is Shepherd visible.

The Merino is one of the most historically relevant and economically influential breeds of sheep, much prized for its wool. The origins of the breed are the subject of debate, with alternatives of it originating in flocks transferred from Morocco as early as the 12th century, originating and being improved in Extremadura in southwestern Spain, in the 12th and 13th centuries or from the selective crossbreeding of Spanish ewes with imported rams at several different periods. It was instrumental in the economic development of 15th and 16th century Spain, which initially held a monopoly on the trade in its wool. Since the end of the 18th century, the breed was further refined in New Zealand and Australia, giving rise to the modern Merino.

Today, Merinos are still regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep. Poll Merinos have no horns (or very small stubs, known as scurs), and horned Merino rams have long, spiral horns which grow close to the head.

At the top are the name of the bank in English.

The inscriptions in Emnglish and Afrikaans.

"Promises to pay the bearer on demand at Windhoek, Beloof op aanvraag te betaal aan toonder te Windhoek".

"Hierdie banknoot is gedek deur sekuriteit genou deur die administrateur van Suidwes-Afrika en is in terme van eh onderhewig aan die Bepalings van die Suidwes-Afrika banke proklamasie 1930 wettige betaalmiddel"

"This note is covered by security lodged with the administration of South-West Africa and interms of and subjects to the provisions of the South-West Africa Banks proclamation 1930 is legal tender"

Text on top and at the bottom: "Suidwes-Afrika wettige betaalmiddelluitgifte" "South-West Africa legal tender issue".


1 Pound 1956


Medieval ship (sailing ship). The type of ship till now not determined. On ships sail is The Emblem of Barclays Bank - black eagle.


South West African Pound The pound was in circulation between 1930 and 1959 and was issued by the following banks: The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas), and Volkskas Limited. These notes were in circulation along with the South African pound until 1961, when they were withdrawn and replaced by the South African Rand. The South West African pound was pegged to the South African pound, which replaced the South West African mark in 1918.