Updated: Mar 14, 2022
This British Armed Forces Special Voucher (BAFSV) represents the 1st denomination of the 6th Series BAFSV (2nd Issue, 1972). These unissued vouchers were introduced in response to the 1971 decimalization, of the British Pound. Britain was amongst the last major nations to adopt decimalization. Although due to a lack of major conflict the vouches were unissued.
The vouchers were printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co and Thomas De La Rue (TDLR). Both types featured the same overall designs. With three denominations in 5, 10, and 50 New Pence. The TDLR vouchers are known as the 1st Issue, these notes feature a lighter shade.
The note's header reads "British Armed Forces". At the center is the note's "Five New Pence" value. The term "New Pence" is used to differentiated it from the earlier pre-decimal Pence. Below reads "Issued By Command Of The Defence Council". This Ministry of Defence (MOD) department, is now known as the Defence Council of the United Kingdom.
To the left is a large "5p", reinforcing the beforementioned face value. Printed at the bottom of the number "5", is the text "6th Series". BAFSVs from the 2nd Series onward list their series, making identification easier. There are additional "5p"s at the note's corners. Between them is vertical text, identifying the notes as "Special Vouchers", it also references the reverse.
The footer lists the note's printer as "Bradbury Wilkinson & Co".
The reverse lists the note's "Five New Pence" value. Offset to the lower right is a detailed notification. Stating the voucher's can only be spent at base canteens and organizations approved by the General Register Office (GRO). Procession of vouchers by individuals not entitled to use British military facilitates, is a punishable offense. As is intentional distribution of vouchers by British personal.
Just as the observe the note's corners feature "5p"s. Although the upper-right and lower-left are larger and offset inward. These numbers also feature vertical strips. Another notable feature is the reverse underprint. Which is entirely different from the observe.
While the observe features a "stucco" underprint, with sparse line work. The reverse underprint features tightly packed vertical lines, with slightly more extensive line work. The center lines are thicker and light blue, matching the text "New Pence.
6th Series BAFSV Gallery
(Gallery includes the complete 6th Series BAFSV, 2nd Issue)
This note's dimensions are 115 x 57 mm or 4.53 x 2.24 in, smaller than a US Dollar.
The BAFSV were issued after WWII (1939-1945, during the occupation of Germany.
BAFSVs were issued during major military deployments, such as the Suez Crisis.
Prior to Decimal Day ( 15 February 1971) the Pound was subdivided in to 240 Pence.