Sudan General Gordon 500 Piastres PS106
In 1884 the city of Khartoum was under siege. General Charles Gordon who was in charge of the city
needed money to keep his troops on side and to ensure the city could function. To this end he issued
notes which bore his facsimile signature in values from the 1 piastre to the 5000 piastres. The Mahdi
forces eventually stormed Khartoum and Gordon was killed. Anyone caught with one of these General
Gordon issues would have been put to death.
We can now offer examples of the 500 piastres note issued by General Gordon. They were necessarily
small and crude affairs, printed on cardlike paper on one side only (PS106) A relic of an heroic
stand by a legendary 19th century general.