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COINS & CURRENCY OF WORLD WAR II

A selection of money used during World War 2.

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NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS

Nazi German silver 2 Reichsmark & 5 Reichsmark coins
These four silver coins serve as a memento of the horrors of the Third Reich. The 2 Reichsmark was issued from 1936 to 1939. It pictures Paul von Hindenburg on one side and an eagle holding a wreathed swastika on the other. It is 25mm in diameter and contains .1607 troy ounces of silver.  Nazi Germany used three different designs on their regular issue 5 Reichsmark coins. The first pictured the Potsdam Military Church, also called the Potsdam Garrison Church, on one side and an eagle and two small swastikas on the other. It was struck only from 1934 to 1935. The Church was built by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I between 1730 and 1735. Adolf Hitler was sworn in a Chancellor of Germany by Paul von Hindenburg at the Church in 1933. It burned down in the fires caused by the Allied bombing in 1945. The second type was struck during only during the last part of 1935 and the first part of 1936. It pictured Paul von Hindenburg on one side and an eagle on the other. Starting in 1936 the Eagle reverse was replaced with an eagle holding a wreathed swastika, similar to the 2 Reichsmark. The Eagle and Swastika 5 Reichsmark was struck from 1936 to 1939. The silver 5 Reichsmark coins are each 29mm in diameter and contains .4016 troy ounces of silver. Because of the war, no Nazi silver coins were struck after 1939. Coins grade Very Fine.
Item DE-93 GERMANY 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 (KM93) VF $13.00
Item DE-83 GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 (KM83) VF $24.00
Item DE-86 GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 (KM86) VF $19.00
Item DE-94 GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 (KM94) VF $26.00
Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $79.50



NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET

Nazi Germany 8 coin set: 1 - 50 Reichspfennigs This set consists of the eight lower denominations of Nazi German coins each showing the eagle and swastika. The 1936-1939 issues include the 1, 2, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig made from bronze or aluminum-bronze alloys. In 1939 an aluminum 50 Reichspfennig with the Eagle and Swastika was introduced, and was produced until 1944. In 1940 the 1, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig were switched to zinc and the 2 Reichspfennig was discontinued due to the war. All eight coins grade VF or better, though the zinc coins may show some spots as zinc spots very easily. The coins all feature the denomination on one side and an eagle holding a swastika on the other.
Item DE-NAZISET8 NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET 1- 50 REICHSPFENNIG, 1936-1944 $20.00



NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET

Nazi Germany 14 coin set
This 14 coin set includes the regular issue coins of Nazi Germany listed above. Included are the following coins: The bronze 1 and 2 Reichspfennig issued from 1936 to 1940 with an eagle and swastika. The aluminum-bronze (brass) 5 and 10 Reichspfennig issued from 1936 to 1939 with an eagle and swastika. The aluminum 50 Reichspfennig picturing an eagle, which was dated only one year, 1935. The nickel 1 Reichsmark with an eagle which was issued from 1933 to 1939. Because nickel was a critical war material, most were melted during the War. The silver 5 Reichmark issued in 1934 and 1935 pictures the Potsdam Garrison Church where Hitler was sworn into office on one side and an eagle and two small swastikas on the other. Paul von Hindenburg and an Eagle are on the silver 5 Reichsmark dated 1935 and 1936. The silver 2 Reichsmark and 5 Reichsmark dating from 1936 to 1939 pictures Hindenburg on one side and an eagle holding a swastika during the other. Because of World War II, the only coins issued after 1940 were the zinc 1, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig, and the aluminum 50 Reichspfennig, which depict an eagle holding a swastika. The coins grade Very Fine or better, though the zinc coins may have some spots. Because of the difficulty in obtaining all 14 coins at one time, I rarely am able to offer this historic set. (Note: this set includes the coins from Nazi set of 4 silver coins and the Nazi 8 coin set listed above, plus the aluminum 1935 50 Reichspfennig which was issued that single year, and the scarce nickel 1 Reichsmark)
Item DE-NAZISET14 NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET 1 REICHSPFENNIG - 5 REICHSMARK 1934-44 $110.00

NAZI GERMAN CURRENCY

The following notes were used in Nazi Germany throughout World War II and remained legal tender until 1948.  The notes bear two dates: the date the note was first authorized, and the date the issuing bank was authorized to issue currency. Unlike coins, the date is not the year the note was printed.  These Reichsbank notes were supposedly backed by gold.  

Germany 100 Reichsmark note 1935 P183
The 1935 100 Reichsmark features a large swastika underprint at the center. To the right is Justus von Liebig, a 19th century German chemist who is "Father of the Fertilizer Industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient.  The back depicts allegorical figures.
NEW Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMK  GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


Germany 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark features the portrait and watermark of 19th century Prussian politician and banker David Hansemann.  The back features a portrait of Mercury and two small children.  The design does not include a swastika.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. 
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARK 1933 P182 VG-VF $10.00

Germany 20 Reichmark note 1929 P181
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The 20 Reichsmark note dated 1929 portrays Ernst Werner Siemens, the 19th century German industralist and inventor who founded the Siemens A.G. which has expanded into a multi-national company producing a wide range products. The back features children holding tools and a worker carrying a hammer.  It has a watermark of Siemans at the left and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.  The note continued in circulation throughout World War II.
Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-29 GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK 1929 P181 VG-VF $7.00

Germany 20 Reichmark note 1939 P185
In 1939 a new 20 Reichsmark note was introduced, with a design taken from an unissued Austrian note.  Austria had been forcibly incorporated into the Third Reich the previous year.  The front depicts a young woman holding edelweiss,  There is also a small eagle and swastika and a large swastika underprint.  The back pictures an alpine lake.  Both 20 Reichsmark notes continued to circulate throughout the war years. 
 Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-39 GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK 1939 P185 Fine-VF $25.00


Germany 10 Reichmark note 1929 P180
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The 10 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Thaer, a 19th Century German agriculturalist who applied scientific principles to agriculture and set up one of the first agricultural colleges.  The back features two children and a woman carrying a sickle.  The note is dated January 22, 1929.  It has a watermark of Thaer at the right and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.
Item PM-DE-NAZI10RMK GERMANY 10 REICHSMARK 1929 P180 VG-VF $5.00

NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHMARK NOTE FEATURES HITLER YOUTH  

Germany 5 Reichsmark note, 1942 P186
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Nazi Germany introduced this 5 Reichmark note in 1942 to replace the silver 5 Reichsmark coins which were disappearing from circulation due to hoarding.  The front of the note features a German young man, along with a small eagle and swastika. The back depicts a woman with a sickle and a man with a wood plane, representing farming and industry.   Between them is a vignette of the Brunswick Cathedral and the Brunswick Lion statue.  The Lion was commissioned by Henry the Lion about 1166AD.  The statue is the oldest, preserved large sculpture from the Middle Ages north of the Alps. The note measures 140x70mm and is brown.  The left side features a watermark of the numeral "5".
Item PM-DE-5RMK NAZI GERMANY 5 REICSHMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 VG-VF $12.00

BUY THE SET AND SAVE!

Set of all six of the above Nazi German Reichsbank notes: 5, 10, both 20 Reichsmark notes, 50 and 100 Reichsmark.  In the over 40 years we have been selling coins and notes, this is the first time we have been able to assemble sets of all six of these notes. These are the notes used by Germans througout the war years: farmers, mechants, workers, soldiers and politicians.  It is an historic and hard to find set.
 Item PM-DE-NAZISET6 NAZI GERMANY SET OF ABOVE 6 NOTES: 5 – 100 REICHSMARKS $69.50



NAZI GERMAN 1 RENTENMARK NOTE

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173
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In 1937 Nazi Germany introduced a 1 Rentenmark note, in order to replace the nickel 1 Reichsmark coin. The coin was to be withdrawn so that the nickel could be used in the upcoming war efforts.  The Rentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark, however it was issued by the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank and the currency was theoretically backed by land rather than by gold. The note has the embossed seal of the Rentenbank at the lower right hand corner. The note is technically Uncirculated, but may have had slight mishandling over the past 80 or so years, so we call it AU-UNC.
Item PM-DE-1RNTMKU NAZI GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 AU-UNC. $15.00



WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 

German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM38
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This Wehrmacht military scrip note was used by Nazi Germany to pay its troops during the final months of World War II.  The green 1 Reichsmark is dated September 15, 1944. Soldiers were paid in military scrip while in transit. When a soldier arrived at his post the notes could be converted to the local currency or occupation notes. The front includes an Eagle holding a Swastika and the inscription "Deuteche Wehrmacht".  The back of the note includes regulations and instructions on how to use the notes. It is an interesting and historic piece of World War II  military history.
Item PM-DE-MILIT1 GERMAN MILITARY 1 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00




NAZI GERMAN STAMPS

Nazi German stamps picture Hitler and othersThough Hitler did not appear on German coins or notes, he did appear on many of their stamps.  This set includes 10 different original postage and official stamps used in Nazi Germany and Nazi occupied territories. Most stamps portray Hitler, though other designs will be included as well. It is a nice mix and every lot is different; however, there is much duplication between lots.  Most stamps are mint. 
Item STMP-DE-NAZI10 10 DIFFERENT NAZI GERMAN STAMPS $5.00


NEWSCARCE LITZMANNSTADT GHETTO COINS

Litzmannstadt Ghetto (Lodz, Poland) 5 Mark 1943 KM-Tn2Litzmannstadt Ghetto (Lodz, Poland) 10 Mark 1943 KM-Tn3
The Litzmannstadt Ghetto in Lodz, Poland was set up as a "model ghetto" by the Nazis after they invaded Poland, as part of their plan for the "final solution" to the "Jewish problem".  Coins were issued for use by the occupants of the ghetto in order to prevent them from having access to German or Polish money.  These coins were made from an unusual aluminum alloy, said to have been recovered from downed aircraft. Though the coins show no wear, as there was little to buy with them, but show some corrosion due to the instability of the alloy.  The coins show a large Star of David, the word "GETTO"  and the date "1943" on one side and the denomination on the other. The Ghetto was closed in August 1944, after most of the residents had been killed.  The 5 Mark is 22mm.  The 10 Mark is 28mm.   They are rare and rarely seen historic coins.
Item LODZ-5M LITZMANNSTADT GHETTO, POLAND, 5 MARK 1943 KTn2 XF-corrosion $100.00
Item LODZ-10M LITZMANNSTADT GHETTO, POLAND, 10 MARK 1943 KTn3 XF-corrosion $120.00



FASCIST ITALY COIN SET Restocked

Italy 6 coin World War II era set: 5 Centesimi - 2 LireThis six coin World War II era set from Italy includes the:  5, 10, 20, 50 Centesimi, 1 & 2 Lire dating from 1939 to 1943. The obverses of the coins depict King Victor Emmanuel III portrayed as a Roman Emperor.  Though the King was on the front of the coins, Mussolini wanted to remind the citizens that his National Fascist Party was the power behind the throne.  The reverse of the all the coins incorporate a Roman fasces into the design.  The 10 Centesimi depicts the Italian shield, grain, oak leaves and a fasces.  A personification of Italy next to a Roman fasces is on the reverse of the 20 Centesimi.  The 5 Centesimi,, 50 Centesimi, 1 and 2 Lire have designs incorporating an eagle and a fasces.  While many countries debased their coins during the war, Italy continued to strike attractive coins using high quality coinage medals.  The 5 and 10 Centesimi are bronze or aluminum-bronze.  The other coins are stainless steel.  Production of the coins ceased in 1943 after Victor Emanuel dismissed Mussolini and signed a secret armistice with the Allies.
Item IT-SET6F ITALY WORLD WAR II ERA 6 COIN SET, 5 CENTESIMI - 2 LIRE, 1939-43 VF-XF $16.00

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WORLD WAR II COINS OF VICHY FRANCE   RESTOCKED

France - Vichy Government 50 Centimes, 1 & 2 Francs 1942-1944Vichy France was the collaborationist government set up by the Germans after France was defeated by Germany in World War II.  Its administrative capital was in the town of Vichy.  Though it nominally ruled France, in reality it only controlled the south-eastern portion of the country, while Germany controlled the rest.  This three coin set includes the 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs of Vichy France, also known as “Etat Francais” or French State.  The three aluminum coins were struck in Nazi occupied Paris.  They circulated in both the German occupied and Vichy controlled portions of France.  One side of the coin features a double-headed axe flanked by grain.  The other side has the denomination flanked by oak leaves and the legend  “TRAVAIL, FAMILLE, PATRIE” (“work, family, fatherland”).  The legend replaced the traditional motto of the French Republic “liberty, equality, fraternity”.   The coins date from 1942 to 1944.
Item FR-VICHY3 VICHY FRANCE 50 Centimes, 1 & 2 FRANCS 1942-44 VF $4.50



WORLD WAR II COIN OF FREE FRENCH MADAGASCAR RESTOCKED

Madagascar 50 Centimes 1943 KM1In 1943 Madagascar issued its first coins, including this bronze 50 Centimes.  After Germany invaded France in World War II, the French colony of Madagascar declared its allegiance to Free France rather than submit to German rule.  It arranged to have coins struck at the South African mint. The coin includes a number of patriotic French symbols in order to emphasize their independence from the Germans.  The obverse features a rooster, the national symbol of France, a shield with the letters “RF” for “Republique Francaise”, and the name of the colony.  The reverse shows a Patriarchal Cross and the French mottos “Liberte Egalite, Fraternite” and “Honneur, Patrie”. 
Item MG-50C MADAGASCAR 50 CENTIMES 1943 KM1 VF $6.00



COIN FOR NAZI PUPPET STATE OF BOHEMIA & MORAVIA  

Bohemia & Moravia 1 Korun zinc 1941-44The Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, incorporating part of it into Germany.  In the western portion of what remained they created a puppet state called the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. From Bohemia and Moravia we offer the zinc 1 Korun coin was struck from 1941 until 1944.  One side depicts the Bohemian lion.  The other has Linden branches, the date and the denomination.  
Item BOH-1K BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1 KORUN COIN, KM4 VF $5.00



WORLD WAR II COIN OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA   RESTOCKED

French Indo China 1/4 Cent 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Hanoi, the capital of French Indo-China  (now Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) fell to the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the same day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese withdraw and melted the Annamese copper and brass cash coins in circulation in order to use their metal in the war effort. The cash coins were valued 1/5 to 1/6 of a cent and were widely used for small transactions. To replace them the Osaka mint in Japan struck a zinc 1/4 cent coin for French Indo-China in 1942. The coins bore the Vichy Government legend of "Etat Francais". We are pleased to offer you this historic World War II coin of French Indo-China.  
Item FIC-QTRC FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Fine $3.00


CURRENCY OF THE NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA 

Serbia 100 Dinara note, 1941 P23 Serbia 50 Dinara note, 1942 P29
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On April 6, 1941 Axis Forces under Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia.  They promptly conquered and divided the nation along ethnic lines, creating the puppet governments for Croatia and Serbia.   Other parts of Yugoslavia were divided between Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and their client regimes.   Croatia was nominally ruled by an Italian prince who never set foot in the country.  Serbia directly controlled by the German military.   Yugoslavia was reunited after World War II under communist rule.  Ironically, after the collapse of communism in 1991, it again broke-up along ethnic lines.

From German occupied Serbia we have the following World War II banknotes:  The first note issued by the Germans after occupying Serbia was the 100 Dinara dated May 1, 1941, which was less than a month after the invasion began.  The unusual note was rushed into service by overprinting unissued 1929 Yugoslavian 100 Dinara notes that the Germans found in the central bank's vaults. The note features a woman holding a sword and a port scene.    The brown 1942 German 50 Dinara note features a young portrait of Serbian King Peter I, who died in 1921.  The back of the note depicts the Serbian coat of arms.
Item PM-RS-100D NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA 1941 OVERPRINTED NOTE P23 F-VF $5.00
Item PM-RS-50D NAZI SERBIA 50 DINARA BANKNOTE 1942 P29 F-VF $6.00



WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE NOTE FEATURES MT. FUJI  Restocked

Japan 50 Sen note, 1938 P58 This 50 Sen (1/2 Yen) note was issued by the Imperial Japanese Government in 1938 in order to replace the silver 50 Sen coin which was being withdrawn from circulation.  The front depicts Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.  The back has the denomination in Japanese and Western numerials.  The note is dated in two different calendar system on the front:  Year 13 of the Showa Era is on the left and on the right is 2598 in the Japanese Imperial Calendar, which starts with the founding of Japan.  The dates correspond to 1938AD   The note was used in Japan throughout World War II.  The note is approximately 106mm x 67mm. 
Item PM-JP-50S-38 JAPAN 50 SEN BANKNOTE 1938 P58 F $3.00

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WORLD WAR II BANKNOTE FEATURES SHRINE FOR DEAD SOLDIERS Restocked

Japan 50 Sen banknotes 1942-1944 P49
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This 50 Sen (1/2 Yen) note was issued by Japan from 1942 to 1945.  The front pictures the Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine, dedicated to spirits of dead Japanese soldiers, took on great symbolic importance during and after World War II.  The back of the note pictures a mountain range.  The note is approximately 104mm x 64mm and grades Fine of better.
Item PM-JP-50S-42 JAPAN 50 SEN NOTE 1942-1945 P59 Fine $3.00


WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE HOMELAND 10 YEN NOTES

World War II Japanese 10 Yen banknoteThese undated Japanese 10 Yen notes were used from 1930 until after Japan's surrender in World War II. The front of the bill features Wake no Kiyomaro, an 8th Century Japanese Buddhist priest and court official.  He helped defend the legitimate imperial line against a monk who had an affair with the Empress tried to claim the imperial throne for himself.  He also helped establish the new imperial capital in Kyoto. He is traditionally worshipped as the bringer of good fortune and the healing of foot problems. The back of the note depicts Goou Shrine in Kyoto where he enshrined.   
Item PM-JP-10Y-30 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE (1930-43) P40a F-VF $3.00

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JAPANESE WAR BOND - HYPOTHEC BANK 

The Hypothec Bank was a Japanese government bank that was a prolific issuer of war bonds.  The Hypothec Bank bonds included a lottery aspect in which bonds would be randomly drawn for payment and a premium.  Depending on when a bond was drawn the effective interest rate might range from 2% to 200%.  A table showing the effective interest rates depending on when the bond is drawn is on the back of each bond.   
Japan Hypothec Bank 20 Yen Discounted Industrial Bond, Showa 12
Discounted Industrial Bond: The bonds were issued at one half of their face value. Proceeds from the bonds helped fund the war effort in China.  It includes an embossed 3 Sen tax stamp. This 20 Yen bond is dated Showa 12 (1937) 25.3 x 16.8 cm.
Item BND-JPH-20Y-37 JAPAN 20 YEN DISCOUNTED INDUSTRIAL BOND, 1937 $10.00


WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY

China-Japanese Military Currency 100 Yen note (1945) PM30
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Japan issued Military Currency for use in Hong Kong and areas of China  that they occupied starting in 1938.  Because civilians were forced to accept the Military Yen, which was not backed and could not be exchanged into Japanese Yen, it cost the Japanese government virtually nothing to purchase whatever they wanted. The initial issues of Military currency were created by taking partially completed Japanese homeland notes and overprinting them on the front and back with four large red characters that read "Military Note". The 100 Yen Japanese Military note was issued in 1945 for use in Hong Kong.  It was the highest denomination military currency issued by Japan. The note, apparently printed in Hong Kong, utilized the basic design of the 1944 Japanese homeland 100 Yen note, however with modified legends on the back and the front has the "Military Note" overprint.  The 100 Yen note is in Uncirculated condition.
Item PM-CN-M100Y JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG 100 YEN 1945 PM30 UNC. $9.00

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SCARCE WWII CLAY COINS FROM JAPAN

Japan brown baked clay 1 Sen KM110This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and a flower on the other. This unusual coin was pressed into service due to the shortage of metal in Japan caused by World War II. The 15mm coin is made from red or-brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110-RED JAPAN RED CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $33.00
Item JP-110-BROWN JAPAN BROWN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $30.00



POST-WAR CURRENCY OF JAPAN

Japan 1 Yen banknote 1946Japan 10 Yen banknote 1946
These two undated notes were issued by the Bank of Japan in 1946, shortly after Japan's defeat in World War II.   The 1 Yen note features the portrait of Ninomiya Sontoku and a rooster on the front.  The denomination is on the back, in both Japanese and English.  Sontoku was born in 1787 to a poor peasant family.  He was diligent, intelligent, hard working and studious.  It was said that he would be up early in the mountains gathering wood and studying even before the cock crowed, hence the rooster on the note.   He became a wealthy farmer and was eventually entrusted with important positions by the Shogun. He reformed agricultural practices, increasing yields, set up village credit unions, and developed a philosophical approach which emphasized practical ethical principles.  Schools in Japan often have statues of him reading a book while gathering wood, showing how he would study every moment he could.  The 10 Yen note features the Diet (parliament) building.  Both notes were replaced with coins a few years later.
Item PM-JP-1Y-46 JAPAN 1 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P85 F-VF  $3.00
Item PM-JP-10Y-46 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P87 F-VF $3.00



JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF MANCHUKUO Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen of Ta T'ung 1933-34Manchukuo 1 Chaio Ta T'ung 1933-34
In 1931 Japan invaded the three north-eastern provinces of China and set up the nominally independent nation of Manchukuo. A puppet government was set up under P’u-Yi, the former Emperor of China, as “Chief Executive”. He adopted the reign title Ta T’ung. In 1934 the Japanese raised his title to that of Emperor of Manchukuo. A new reign title, K’ang Te, was adopted, though the basic design of the coins remained unchanged. We offer coins issued under both reign titles. The bronze 1 Fen features the flag of Manchukuo on one side and floral sprays on the other. The copper-nickel 1 Chiao (10 Fen) depicts a pair of dragons on one side and a lotus flower on the other. The 1 Fen grades VF, the 1 Chiao grades Fine.
Item MAN-TT-SET2 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN & 1 CHIAO TA T’UNG 1933-34 Y2 & Y4 F-VF out
Item MAN-KT-SET2 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN & 1 CHIAO K'ANG TE 1934-39 Y6 & Y8 F-VF $9.75



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II.  Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo.   Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo.  The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945.  The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relitively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.  
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $3.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50



MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   Restocked

Meng Chiang Bank 5 Chiao 1938 KM521During the 1930's Japan conquered much of Northern China.  The Meng Chiang Bank was a puppet bank established by the Japanese to provide currency for the area between Mongolia and Manchukuo, known as Inner Mongolia.  In 1938 the Bank issued its only coin: a copper-nickel 5 Chiao. One side of the coin features a pair of stylized dragons and the denomination.   The other side has a floral design.
Item MENG521 MENG CHIANG BANK 5 CHIAO 1938 (KM521) VF-XF $10.00


WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

Burma 10 Rupee Japanese Invasion Note
As the Japanese Empire spread out in the early days of World War II, the Japanese government issued special currency for the various nations and colonies they conquered. We are offering this collection of 8 different notes issued by the Imperial Japanese Government for the Philippines, Malaya (now Malaysia), and Burma (now Myanmar). The notes were issued in the currency and official language that was in use at the time of the invasion. Thus notes issued for the Philippines were denominated in Pesos and Centavos and were in English (as it was a United States commonwealth), the Malay notes were denominated in Dollars and Cents and were in English, (as it was a British Colony), and the Burmese notes were denominated in Rupees and Cents and were in English (as it was a British Colony). The first letter in the block of letters on the front of the note indicates where the note was to be used: B = Burma, M = Malaya, P = Philippines, The notes serve as a reminder for the failed exploits of the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces during World War II.
Item PM-JIM8 8 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION NOTES, Very Fine - UNC. $9.95

JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money
When these 10 Dollar notes issued by The Japanese Government started showing up shortly after World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan had planned to conquer the United States, and had their new currency for the United States already printed.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, they were for use in Malay, which Japan conquered by early 1942, not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya called their currency the Dollar.  However the design is much more suited to Malaya than the United States.  The front features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts. The back pictures palm trees and a ship steaming on the horizon. Each note has two sets of block letters, starting with the letter “M", which stood for Malaya.  As an anti-counterfeiting measure tiny colored silk threads were embedded into the paper.  These unissued, Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes were abandoned by the Japanese forces in Malaya after Japan’s surrender in 1945.  They sat in storage for many years since then.   Today they are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II.   This note is included in the set of World War II Japanese Invasion Money listed above.
Item PM-MALAYA10  MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC.  $3.00



BU UNITED STATES LIBERATION CENTAVO FOR THE PHILIPPINES Restocked

United States Commonwealth of the Philippines 1 Centavo 1944, San Francisco MintThe Philippines became a United States possession from 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. In 1942 it fell to invading Japanese forces. This attractive Brilliant Uncirculated bronze 1 Centavo was produced at the San Francisco mint in 1944 in preparation for the liberation of the Philippines from Japan. One side of the coin shows an Eagle atop the Philippine arms and the legend "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", along with the famed "S" mintmark of the San Francisco Mint. The other side shows a seated man with a hammer and anvil in front of a volcano. In 1946 the Philippines gained independence, making it one of the last coins the United States made for its onetime colony of the Philippines.
Item PH-1C UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES 1 CENTAVO 1944-S KM179 BU $5.00


NEWSILVER UNITED STATES LIBERATION COIN FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Philippines 10 Centavos 1945-D KM181The Philippines became a United States possession from 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. In 1942 it fell to invading Japanese forces. This attractive silver 10 Centavos was produced at the Denver mint in 1945 for the liberation of the Philippines from Japan. One side of the coin shows an Eagle atop the Philippine arms and the legend "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", along with the famed "D" mintmark of the Denver Mint. The other side shows a woman with a hammer and anvil in front of a volcano. The 16.7mm coin is struck in .750 fine silver and weighs 2 grams. In 1946 the Philippines gained independence, making this one of the last coins the United States made for its one time colony of the Philippines.
Item PH-10C UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES 10 CENTAVOS 1945-D KM181 AU-UNC. $4.00

ALSO SEE:
Click HerePHILIPPINE COIN SET: 6 coin set 1 Sentimo - 5 Pisos 1995-2000 Unc.
Click HereANIMALS COINS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Click HereUNUSUAL PHILIPPINE BANKNOTES


ATTRACTIVE UNCIRCULATED WORLD WAR II ERA BOLIVIA 50 CENTAVOS 

Bolivia Bronze 50 Centavos 1942 KM182a.1Because nickel was a valuable war commodity in World War II,  in 1942 Bolivia replaced their copper-nickel 50 Centavos with this bronze 50 Centavos.  The design remained the same. The obverse of the coin depicts the Bolivian arms which feature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca.  The reverse has a caduceus, the denomination and date.   The 24mm coin has a plain edge.  It was struck at the Philadelphia Mint in the United States, however it does not have any mintmark.  The coin has most of its original mint luster, however it was struck from worn or cracked dies. so may show weak areas or die cracks.
Item BO-50C BOLIVIA 50 CENTAVOS 1942 KM182a.1 UNC. $3.00

UNCIRCULATED WORLD WAR II COINS OF MEXICO

Mexico 5 Centavos 1945 KM424World War II was a time of prosperity for Mexico.  Its minerals were much in demand for the war effort.  Many Mexicans went to the north to work in agriculture to cover for the shortage farm labor in the United States.  These Uncirculated 5 Centavos bronze 5 Centavos are dated 1944 and 1945, during the height of Mexico’s prosperity.  The 25.5mm bronze coins depict Josefa Ortiz De Dominguez, one of the hero’s of Mexico’s War of Independence.  Behind her head is the Mexico City mintmark.  The other side features Mexico’s national emblem of an eagle on a cactus eating a snake.  It is an attractive coin that is quite reasonably priced considering it is over 70 years old and still in it’s original mint condition.
Item MX-5C-44 MEXICO 5 CENTAVOS 1944 KM424 UNC. $ 2.00
Item MX-5C-45 MEXICO 5 CENTAVOS 1946 KM424 UNC. $ 2.00
Item MX-5C-BTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE MEXICAN 5 CENTAVOS, 1944 & 1945 UNC.$ 3.00


UKRAINE CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR II Back in stock

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1995 commemorating The Great Patriotic WarOne of the first coins Ukraine issued after obtaining independence from the Soviet Union was this 1995 200,000 Karbovantsiv commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. Ukraine suffered greatly during the war, both under Stalin and Hitler. An estimated 10 Million citizens died during the war. The coin depicts a young woman in native attire placing flowers in Sophia Square in Kiev. St. Sophia cathedral and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky monument are in the background. The obverse bears the national arms. The 33mm copper-nickel coin has a mintage of 250,000 pieces and is Proof-Like.
Item UA-2KK-WWII UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WORLD WAR II KM10.2 PROOF-LIKE $7.00


MORE ATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVES FROM UKRAINEBack in stock

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Kiev World War II Commemorative KM13Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Sebastopol World War II Commemorative KM14Commom obverse to Ukraine 1994 WWII commemorative 200,000 Karbovantsiv coins
Ukraine suffered greatly during World War II, both under Stalin and Hitler.  An estimated 10 Million citizens died during the war.  Monuments were constructed in cities that suffered during the war. Some of the first commemorative coins issued by Ukraine depict these monuments and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war.   The Kiev issue features the monument and a panoramic view of the city.  It has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  The Sevastopol issue depicts the World War II monument in the foreground.  Behind it is the Crimean War monument which is located on a small island, and a warship. The coin has a mintage of 75,000. With the Russian takeover of Crimea, Sevastopol is no longer part of Ukraine.  Both coins are 200,000 Karbovantsiv dated 1995, 33mm in diameter and struck in copper-nickel. The reverses depict the Ukrainian arms.  The coins are Proof-like..
Item UA-KIEV UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WWII-KIEV KM13 PROOF-LIKE  $8.00
Item UA-SBP UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 SEBASTOPOL KM14 PROOF-LIKE $10.00



Ukraine 1 Hryvnia 2005 World War II VictoryUKRAINE CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWII VICTORY

As many as 10 Million Ukrainians lost their lives during World War II.  Ukraine keeps their memory alive with commemorative coins. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of victory in World War II Ukraine issued this circulating commemorative 1 Hryvnia.  The 2005 dated 26mm aluminum-bronze coin depicts soldiers returning from battle between searchlight beams which form a V.  The standard 1 Hryvnia obverse is used. 
Item UA-1H-VICT UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA 2005 WWII VICTORY KM228 UNC. $4.00


ALLIED LEADERS OF WORLD WAR II

Great Britain 1 Crown 1965 ChurchillUnited States 1 Dollar Eisenhower 1971-1978United States bi-centennial dollar portraying EisenhowerUnited States Eisenhower Presidential Dollar, 2015
Winston Churchill served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during the World War II years of 1940 to 1945. His speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British confidence, especially during the difficult early years of the war when Britain stood almost alone against Nazi Germany.  He was honored after his death in 1965 on the British 5 Shillings coin (1 Crown).  It was the first British coin to portray a commoner since the 1650’s and it was the last 5 Shilling coin ever struck by Great Britain. The obverse of the 38.6mm copper-nickel coin has Mary Gillick’s portrait of young Queen Elizabeth. The reverse portrays a rough portrait of Churchill.  
Dwight David Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He led the invasion of North Africa in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45.  He served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.  He is portrayed on the large 38.1mm copper-nickel clad United States Dollar coin issued from 1971 to 1978, and the smaller 26.5mm 2015 United States Presidential “Golden Dollar”.   The reverse of the large dollar issued from 1971 to 1975 and 1977 to 1978 depicts a bald eagle carrying an olive branch landing on the moon, in honor of man’s first landing on the moon in 1969.  The Lunar Module was named “Eagle”.  The 1976 large dollar commemorates the bi-centennial of the United States.  Below Eisenhower is the double dates 1776-1976.  The reverse depicts the Liberty Bell and the Moon. The Eisenhower Presidential dollar features the Statue of Liberty on the reverse.  The date, mintmark and legends are on the edge of the coin.  The Eisenhower Presidential Dollar was not released into circulation but was only available from the mint at a premium.  Despite the coins coming directly from the mint, most coins have nicks or bagmarks.   The largeare some of the least expensive crown-sized coins available, and honor two great leaders of World War II.
Item GB-CHURCH GREAT BRITAIN 1 CROWN 1965 WINSTON CHURCHILL KM910 AU-UNC. $3.00
NEW Item US-BIGIKE UNITED STATES 1 DOLLAR 1971-78 EISENHOWER XF-AU $3.00
NEW Item US-BICENT UNITED STATES 1976 BICENTENNIAL EISENHOWER DOLLAR XF-AU $3.50
NEW Item US-SMALLIKE UNITED STATES 1 DOLLAR 2015-P PRESIDENT EISENHOWER UNC-nicks $3.00


ALSO SEE:
Click HereWORLD WAR II PAPER MONEY PAGE (new page of World War Two banknotes.  Good selection but items are in limited supply.  No pictures )

Click HereGERMAN COINS & CURRENCY PAGE
Click Here NAZI COINS PAGE
Click Here JAPANESE COINS & CURRENCY PAGE
Click HereRUSSIA WWII CITIES OF MILITARY GLORY COINS


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