Palestine (British Mandate): Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Palestine (British Mandate) (1920 - 1948)
Information about what currencies were issued by Palestine (British Mandate), with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Palestine Pound. Used in Palestine (British Mandate): (1927 - 1948)
CurrencyPalestine Pound
PeriodPalestine Pound
Used1927 - 1948
Description

The Palestine pound (Arabic: جُنَيْه فِلَسْطَينِيّ‎‎, junyah filastini; Hebrew: פֿוּנְט פַּלֶשְׂתִינָאִי א"י), funt palestina'i (eretz-yisra'eli), also Hebrew: לירה א"י lira eretz-yisra'elit) was the currency of the British Mandate of Palestine from 1927 to May 14, 1948, and of the State of Israel between May 15, 1948, and August 1948, when it was replaced with the Israeli lira. It was divided into 1000 mils (Arabic: Arabic: مِل‎‎, Hebrew: Hebrew: מִיל‎‎). The Palestine pound was also the currency of Transjordan until 1949 and remained in usage in the West Bank portion of Palestine until 1950.

The Palestine pound was introduced by the British administration and was equal in value to the pound sterling.

Unlike the pound sterling in the United Kingdom, and the sterling-equivalent Cypriot pound in British-run Cyprus, the Palestinian pound was from its introduction a decimal currency, albeit with each pound divided into one thousand parts, called mils. This system was derived from a proposal made in 1855, by William Brown, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, that the United Kingdom pound should be decimalised by being divided into one-thousand parts, each called a mil. Although this system was never adopted in the United Kingdom, it was used by the British colonial authorities first in Hong Kong from 1863 to 1866, and then in the British Palestine Mandate from 1926 until 1948. It was also adopted in Cyprus in 1955, where the Palestinian pound had briefly been introduced as legal tender, following a currency shortage in 1943.

The Palestine pound was also declared a legal tender in the Transjordan Emirate, which was technically a part of the British Mandate, though having an autonomous local administration.

In 1927 coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 mils. The 1 and 2 mils were struck in bronze, whilst the 5, 10 and 20 mils were holed, cupro-nickel coins, except for during World War II, when they were also minted in bronze. The 50 and 100 mils coins were struck in .720 silver.

All the denominations were trilingual in Arabic, English and Hebrew. The Hebrew inscription includes the initials Alef Yud after "Palestina", for "Eretz Yisrael" (Land of Israel). The last coins were issued for circulation in 1946, with all 1947 dated coins being melted down.

On 1 November 1927, banknotes were introduced by the Palestine Currency Board in denominations of 500 mils, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 pounds. Notes were issued with dates as late as 15 August 1945.

The body which governed the issue of the currency was the Palestine Currency Board, which was subject to the British Colonial Office. The Currency Board was dissolved in May 1948, as the British Mandate ended. The area in which the Palestine pound circulated was divided into several political entities: the State of Israel, the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, the Jordanian-occupied West Bank and the Egyptian-occupied Gaza Strip.

One Hundred Mils (demonetised 1948)
8 coins (1927 - 1942)
Fifty Mils (demonetised 1948)
8 coins (1927 - 1942)
Coin NameMintage
Fifty Mils 1927 8,000,068
Fifty Mils 1931 500,000
Fifty Mils 1933 1,000,000
Fifty Mils 1934 398,861
Fifty Mils 1935 5,600,000
Fifty Mils 1939 3,000,000
Fifty Mils 1940 2,000,000
Fifty Mils 1942 5,000,000
Twenty Mils (demonetised 1948)
8 coins (1927 - 1944)
Coin NameMintage
Twenty Mils 1927 1,500,068
Twenty Mils 1933 250,000
Twenty Mils 1934 125,000
Twenty Mils 1935 575,000
Twenty Mils 1940 200,000
Twenty Mils 1941 100,000
Twenty Mils 1942 1,100,000
Twenty Mils 1944 1,000,000
Ten Mils (demonetised 1948)
13 coins (1927 - 1947)
Coin NameMintage
Ten Mils 1927 5,000,068
Ten Mils 1933 500,000
Ten Mils 1934 500,000
Ten Mils 1935 1,150,000
Ten Mils 1937 750,000
Ten Mils 1939 1,000,000
Ten Mils 1940 1,500,000
Ten Mils 1941 400,000
Ten Mils 1942 CuproNickel 600,000
Ten Mils 1942 Bronze 1,000,000
Ten Mils 1943 1,000,000
Ten Mils 1946 1,000,000
Ten Mils 1947 1,000,000
Five Mils (demonetised 1948)
9 coins (1927 - 1947)
Coin NameMintage
Five Mils 1927 10,000,068
Five Mils 1934 500,000
Five Mils 1935 2,700,000
Five Mils 1939 2,000,000
Five Mils 1941 400,000
Five Mils 1942 2,700,000
Five Mils 1944 1,000,000
Five Mils 1946 1,000,000
Five Mils 1947 1,000,000
Two Mils (demonetised 1948)
6 coins (1927 - 1947)
Coin NameMintage
Two Mils 1927 5,000,068
Two Mils 1941 1,600,000
Two Mils 1942 2,400,000
Two Mils 1945 960,000
Two Mils 1946 960,000
Two Mils 1947 480,000
One Mil (demonetised 1948)
11 coins (1927 - 1947)
Coin NameMintage
One Mil 1927 10,000,068
One Mil 1935 704,000
One Mil 1937 1,200,000
One Mil 1939 3,700,000
One Mil 1940 396,000
One Mil 1941 1,920,000
One Mil 1942 4,480,000
One Mil 1943 2,800,000
One Mil 1944 1,440,000
One Mil 1946 1,632,000
One Mil 1947 2,880,000
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