Operation Bernhard was a code name for the largest forgery in history producing counterfeit British Pounds in World War II in Sachsenhausen, Germany. The genuine White Pounds offered – compared to banknotes printed in the similar period (1930s–1940s) in Britain or around the world – a low level of security since they were made by printing black ink in letterpress on watermarked paper. Counterfeits of 5, 10, 20 and 50 Pounds were produced during Operation Bernhard using the same printing techniques. The historical context is presented, as well as the interesting aspects of the analysis of counterfeits with the accent on the paper and particularly their watermarks.
Referent: Martin Fürbach, Forensic Department, University of Lausanne
Host: Sebastian Dobrusskin, Leiter FSP Materialität in Kunst und Kultur
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