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COINS & CURRENCY OF WORLD WAR II

A selection of money used during World War 2

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NAZI GERMANY 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 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM93 VF $13.00
Item DE-83 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $24.00
Item DE-86 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $19.00
Item DE-94 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 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 in the Nazi 8 coin set listed above).
Item DE-NAZISET14 NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET 1 REICHSPFENNIG - 5 REICHSMARK 1934-44 VF $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.
 Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMK  GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK NOTE 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 REICHSMARKNOTE 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 NOTE 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 NOTE 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 NOTE 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



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 PM38German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40
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Wehrmacht military currency was used by Nazi Germany to pay its troops during the final months of World War II.  The notes are 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 notes all have similar designs. The front includes a small Eagle holding a Swastika and the inscription "VERRECHNUNGSSEN F‹R DIE DEUTSCHE WEHRMACHT" (Clearing notes for German Armed Forces) The back of the note includes regulations and instructions on how to use the notes.  They are interesting and historic pieces of World War II military history.
Item PM-DE-MILIT1 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 1 REICHSMARK 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00
NEWItem PM-DE-MILIT10 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 10 REICHSMARK 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $25.00



ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY FOR OCCUPIED GERMANY

Allied Military Currency for Germany: 1/2, 1 & 5 Marks P191a - P194acommon back of Allied Military Currency for Germany  Closeup of German Allied Military Currency showing "F" for Forbes Printing (U.S. Printing
Germany, Allied Military Currency 20 Mark 1944 P195d
Germany, Allied Military Currency 50 Mark 1944 P196d
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The Allied Military currency for Germany was created by the United States for use in Germany after the defeat of the Nazis. The notes are dated 1944 and have a simple design, with the denomination and legends in German on the front and a large letter “M” for  Mark, on the back.  As the Soviet Union participated in the occupation of Germany, they demanded that they too print a portion of the notes.  After great debate, the United States gave into the Soviet demand, and provided them with glass plates, inks, paper and specimen notes.  The Soviets then proceeded to print vast quantities of the notes, without regard to the wishes of the other allies, fueling inflation in the war-torn country.  There are however a few very minor differences that distinguish the United States issues and the Soviet issues.  The United States issues were printed by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company (Forbes Printing) in Massachusetts, and contain secret mark:  a tiny letter “F” hidden in the scrollwork. The exact location varied by denomination.  The plates provided to the Soviets did not have that “F”, so it is lacking on the Soviet issues.  The Soviets did not have serial numbering equipment capable to print nine-digit number, so they combined a three digit and a six-digit block for their printings, which causes a slight gap between the third and fourth digits.  Forbes used a dash for the first digit to signify a replacement note.  The samples provided the Soviets were replacement notes, so initially all the Soviet issues had a dash for the first digit of the serial number – until they printed so many notes that they needed all 9 digits.  In 1948 the Allied Military Currency was withdrawn and replaced with the currency of West Germany and East Germany. 
   We are pleased to offer the following the following selection historic Allied Military Currency notes used in the occupation of Germany.
Item PM-DE-AMC-SET3 GERMANY ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY SET: 1/2, 1 & 5 MARK, 1944  P191-194 Fine $15.00
Item PM-DE-20MS GERMANY 20 MARK ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY Soviet issue 1944 P195d F-VF $12.00
Item PM-DE-50MS GERMANY 50 MARK ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY Soviet issue 1944 P196d F-VF-spots $15.00

FASCIST ITALY COIN SET Restocked

Fascist Italy 4 coin set: 5 - 50 CentesimiThis 4-coin World War II era set from Fascist Italy includes the 5, 10, 20 & 50 Centesimi dating from 1939 to 1943. The obverse 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 reverses of  all the coins incorporate Roman fasces into the design.  The 5 and10 Centesimi are copper or aluminum-bronze.  The other coins are stainless steel.  Production of the coins ceased in 1943 after Victor Emanuel dismissed Mussolini and signed an armistice with the Allies.
Item IT-FASCIST4 FASCIST ITALY 4 COIN SET 5-50 CENTESIMI 1939-43 VF-AU $12.50


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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 $6.00



NAZI PUPPET STATE OF SLOVAKIA

First Slovak Republic (Nazi puppet state) 10 Halierov 1939 KM1In 1938 Nazi Germany invaded then divided Czechoslovakia, creating the puppet state of Slovakia in the eastern part of the country. The Slovak Republic was formally declared on March 14, 1939.  After World War II Czechoslovakia was reunited - until 1993 Czechoslovakia was again divided, though this time peaceably.  One of the countries first coins was this 1939 bronze 10 Halierov.   The 16mm coin depicts the Bratislava Castle as seen from across the Danube river.  Though a distinctive landmark, at the time much of the castle had laid in ruins since a disastrous fire in 1811.  The obverse depicts the Slovak coat of arms which features a double cross.
Item SK-10H SLOVAKIA 10 HALIEROV 1939 KM1 VF $5.00



WORLD WAR II COINS OF VICHY FRANCE 

France - Vichy Government 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 German occupation forces controlled the rest of the nation. The coins were struck in Nazi occupied Paris and circulated in both the German occupied and Vichy controlled portions of France.  The aluminum 1 and 2 Franc coins feature a double-headed axe on one side and the denomination flanked by oak leaves on the other.  The coins date from 1942 to 1944.
Item FR-VICHY2 VICHY FRANCE 1 & 2 FRANCS 1942-44 VF $3.00



CURRENCY OF THE NAZI PUPPET STATES OF CROATIA & SERBIA 

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.

CROATIA - NAZI PUPPET STATE

Croatia - Nazi puppet state 10 Kuna note, 1941 P1
Croatia 1000 Kuna banknote 1943 P12Croatia 5000 Kuna banknote 1943 P13
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From Croatia we have the following World War II banknotes: The first notes issued by the Nazi puppet state are dated May 26, 1941, just seven weeks after the invasion.  They include the 50 100 Kuna  that features the Croatian arms on the front and the denomination on the back and the 1000 Kuna that depicts the head of a young Croatian woman on the front and the Velebit mountains and the denomination on the back.  Another series of notes was issued in 1943 by the Croatian State Bank. The 1943 1000 Kuna has an ancient frieze on the front and two Croatian women in fancy native costumes.  The 1943 5000 Kuna has a baptismal font on the front and a couple in traditional wedding clothing on the back. All the notes were printed in Germany Giesecke & Devrient, a private company which is still a major banknote printer.
Item PM-HR-50K CROATIA 50 KUNA NOTE 1941 P1 Fine $6.00
Item PM-HR-1000K-43 CROATIA 1000 KUNA NOTE 1943 P12 AU-UNC. $5.00
Item PM-HR-5000K CROATIA 5000 KUNA NOTE 1943 P13 VF $5.00

 

GERMAN OCCUPIED SERBIA

Serbia 100 Dinara banknote 1941 P23Serbia 500 Dinara banknote 1941 P24Serbia 500 Dinara banknote 1941 P27 
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From German occupied Serbia we have the following World War II banknotes:  The first notes issued by the Germans after occupying Serbia were made by overprinting Yugoslavian banknotes they found in the vaults of the central bank.  Perhaps it is telling that the Nazi's would put their ugly brown overprint on what was then some of the world's prettiest notes.   The 100 and 1000 Dinara are dated May 1, 1941, less than a month after the invasion began.  The 100 Dinara was overprinted on the Yugoslavian 1929 100 Dinara that  features a woman holding a sword and a port scene.   The 1000 Dinara was overprinted on a Yugoslavian 500 Dinara that had never been issued.  The note featured beautiful allegorical figures of women and a child.   The Serbian 500 Dinar dated November 11, 1941 depicts a woman with gold coin jewelry on the front and a bricklayer on the back.  The note has a watermark of a woman's head that was used for the Yugoslavian 1929 10 Dinara note.  
Item PM-RS-100D-OVPT NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA 1941 OVERPRINTED NOTE P23 XF-AU out
Item PM-RS-1000D-OVPT NAZI SERBIA 1000 DINARA 1941 OVERPRINTED NOTE P24 F-VF $15.00
Item PM-RS-500D-41 SERBIA 500 DINARA 1941 P27b VF $5.00



NEWWWII SOVIET UNION WAR BONDS

Soviet Union 100 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troops Soviet Union 50 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troopsSoviet Union 25 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troops
Soviet Union 100 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts tanks and troopaSoviet Union 50 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts tanks and troopaSoviet Union 25 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts tanks and troopa
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The Soviet Union had impressive looking war bonds! The 1945 bonds feature wonderful bright red vignettes of Soviet bombers, tanks and troops.  To the right is a blue vignette of a smoky factory and construction going up next to a ruined building. At the top is the Soviet arms featuring the hammer and sickle over the earth.  The 1944 bonds feature troops advancing with two tanks and waving a large, red flag.  Aircraft are flying overhead.  The Soviet arms is at the top.  Details of the terms of the bonds are on the back.  The bonds were a lottery bond. Over the life of the bond only a third were to be drawn and redeemed.  Those bonds not drawn were to be redeemed after 20 years.  All the bonds of a given year have the same vignettes, however each denomination of bond comes is a different size.  The 100 Ruble is approximately 6" x 8" (15 x 20cm).  The 50 Rubles is approximately 5.25" x 5.75" (10.3 x 14.2cm).  The 25 Rubles is approximately 3.5" x 5" (8.5 x 12.3cm). They are wonderful, historic pieces featuring socialist realism art.  Request a list or see website for other Soviet bonds.
Item BND-USSR45-100 SOVIET UNION 100 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, VG-F $25.00
Item BND-USSR45-50 SOVIET UNION 50 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, VG-F $27.00
Item BND-USSR45-25 SOVIET UNION 25 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, F $27.00
Item BND-USSR44-100 SOVIET UNION 100 RUBLE 1944 WAR BOND, VG-F $30.00
Item BND-USSR44-50 SOVIET UNION 50 RUBLE 1944 WAR BOND, VG-F $30.00
Item BND-USSR44-25 SOVIET UNION 25 RUBLE 1944 WAR BOND, F $30.00



WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA  Reduced price

China - Japanese Military Currency: 5 Yen P25 (1938-44)
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Japan  issued Military Currency starting in 1938 for use in the areas of China that they occupied. 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". 
Item PM-CN-M5YOVPT JAPANESE MILITARY 5 YEN OVERPRINTED NOTE FOR CHINA, 1938-44 PM25 F $3.00


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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. $32.00
Item JP-110-BROWN JAPAN BROWN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $34.00




WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE NOTE FEATURES MT. FUJI  Restocked

Japan 50 Sen note, 1938 P58 This 50 Sen (1/2 Yen) note was first 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 numerals.  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 JAPANESE 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



 NEWWWII JAPANESE BANKNOTE FEATURES THE MONUMENT TO WORLD BROTHERHOOD - OR WORLD DOMINANCE


Japan 10 Sen banknote P53 (1944)
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The Japanese 10 Sen banknote issued 1944 features the Hakko Ichiu Monument, or World Brotherhood Monument in Miyazaki, Japan.  The monument was dedicated in 1940 as part of the celebration of the 2600th anniversary of the ascension of the first Emperor of Japan. It is built on what is believed to be the site the first capital. The tower was to represent the bringing together all of mankind under the benign rule of the Emperor of Japan. It was built from stones brought from throughout Japan and from Japanese occupied China.  The monument still stands, though was renamed the Heiwadai or Peace Tower after the war.  The undated note measures 106mm x 56mm.
Item PM-JP-10S-44 JAPAN 10 SEN BANKNOTE, (1944) P53 F-VF $3.00





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 VF  $3.00
Item PM-JP-10Y-46 JAPAN 10 YEN BANKNOTE 1946 P87 Fine $3.00



MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   

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


NEWSCARCE MANCHUKUO 1 CHIAO

Manchukuo 1 Chiao 1940 (K'ang Te 7) Y10In 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 last Emperor of China.  In early 1940 Manchukuo introduced a new 1 Chiao (10 Fen) coin.  The 21mm copper-nickel coin was smaller and thinner than the previous 1 Chiao, and only 1mm larger than the copper-nickel 5 Fen.  The coin was replaced later that year with a larger aluminum 1 Chiao, which both avoided confusion between the coins and saved copper and nickel for the war effort. The coin is dated Year 7 in the Kang Te era.  One side features two stylized winged horses.  The other has the national emblem and the denomination in Chinese.
Item MAN-10 MANCHUKUO 1 CHIAO 1940 (KT7) VF-XF $20.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  

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 $4.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50


FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CHINA

China-Provisional Government (Japanese occupation issue) 1 Chiao Year 31 (1943) KM525The Federal Reserve Bank of the Provisional Government of China was a Japanese puppet bank based in Beijing that provided coins and currency for northern China.  Its coins picture the famous Temple of Heaven in Beijing.  This 1 Chiao is dated Year 32 of the Republic of China, which was 1943.   It was the last year the bank issued coins.  The coin shows little or no wear, but does have some spots or stains.
Item CN-PROV525 PROVISIONAL GOVT. OF CHINA 1 CHIAO Year 32=1943 VF-XF-stains $10.00



WORLD WAR II JAPANESE INVASION MONEY

World War II Japanese Invasion notes from Burma, Burma and Malaya
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 notes issued by Japan started showing up during World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan was about to conquer the United States and had already printed new currency for the United States. After all, the notes were clearly denominated in Dollar or Cents and had the words "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" in large letters.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, however they were for use in Malay, which Japan conquered by early 1942, and not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya used dollars and cents. The design includes tropical plants and scenes found in Malaya and the notes have a large "M" for Malaya in the block letters on the front of the note  We have sets of 8 different Japanese Invasion notes for Malaya, including the 1, 5, 10 and 50 Cents, 1, 5 10 and 100 Dollars, as well as individual Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes signally and in quantity.  The 10 Dollar notes pictures features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts on the front and palm trees and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   These are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II
NEWItem PM-MALAYA-JIMSET MALAYA SET OF 8 JAPANESE INVASION NOTES 1 CENT - 100 DOLLARS AU-UNC. $37.50
Item PM-MALAYA10 MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC. $3.00
NEWItem PM-MALAYA10x10 10 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $18.00
NEWItem PM-MALAYA10x100 100 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $95.00



NEWWORLD WAR II PHILIPPINE GUERRILLA NOTES

World War Two Philippine Guerilla notesIn order to finance their activities fighting the Japanese during World War II various guerrilla bands in the Philippines issued their own currency. The guerillas would set up currency boards which would issue notes. Generally, each province would have its own currency board.  The names of three members of the currency board would appear on each note, which was a very brave and brazen act of defiance against the Japanese invaders. The notes tend to be crude, as they were printed under rather unfavorable conditions with limited resources.  We are pleased to offer sets of 24 different or 40 different World War II Philippine Guerilla notes. The set of 40 different includes the notes in the set of 24 different. The notes grade Very Good to Very Fine.  These notes are a historic vestige of the brave Filipino underground who fought against the Japanese Imperial Army.
Item PM-PH-GUER24 24 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II PHILIPPINE GUERILLA NOTES VG-VF $49.50
Item PM-PH-GUER40 40 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II PHILIPPINE GUERILLA NOTES VG-VF $79.50



BU UNITED STATES LIBERATION CENTAVO FOR THE PHILIPPINES 

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

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ONLY SILVER 10 SATANG OF THAILAND  Restocked  Price Reduced

Thailand silver 10 Satang 1941 KM56In 1941 Thailand issued its only silver 10 Satang coin.  The 19mm coin had a center hole. One side has the denomination and name of the country in Thai, the other side has a geometric floral design and the date in Thai using the Buddhist Era calendar: year 2484 which corresponds to 1941 AD.  Japan invaded Thailand on December 8, 1941. Thailand surrendered in 5 hours. It allowed the Japanese free passage to invade Malaya and Burma, but kept control of its internal affairs and armed forces.  The following year the coin was replaced with a tin 10 Satang utilizing a similar design.
Item TH-10S THAILAND SILVER 10 SATANG 1941 KM56 VF $4.00



NEWBU WWII AUSTRALIA SILVER COINS STRUCK IN DENVER

Australia 3 Pence 1943 D KM37, BUAustralia 6 Pence 1943 D KM38, BU
The Australian mints could not keep up with the demand for coins during World War II brought on in part with the large number of British and American troops passing through Australia. Australia contracted with the United States to strike some of their coins. These 1943 dated sterling silver coins were both struck in the United States at the Denver mint. The 6 Pence is 19.4mm and features the Australian Arms supported by a Kangaroo and an Emu on the reverse.  The Denver "D" mintmark is just above the date on the reverse.  The 3 Pence is 16mm and features three wheat stalks are on the reverse.  The Denver Mint “D” mintmark is just above the last “E” in “THREE PENCE” on the reverse.  Both coins portray King George VI on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item AU-3d-43D AUSTRALIA SILVER 3 PENCE 1943-D KM37 BU out
Item AU-6d-43D AUSTRALIA SILVER 6 PENCE 1943-D KM38 BU $15.00




LAST COIN OF THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES WAS STRUCK IN PHILADELPHIA

Netherlands East Indies 1/2 Cent 1945-P KM314.2 This 17mm bronze Half Cent were struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia in 1945 in preparation for the liberation of the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) from the Japanese. The coin is dated 1945 and the P mintmark is below the date. Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands shortly after World War II, making them some of the last coins ever issued for what had been a Dutch territory for over 300 years. The coin features the Dutch arms on one side. The other side has legends in Javanese and Malay.  The coin is Uncirculated, though may show some minor spotting as is common on older bronze coins.
Item NEI-HALF  NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES 1/2  CENT 1945-P KM314.2 UNC. $3.00




CANADA'S MORSE CODE VICTORY COINS

Canada 5 Cents 1943 KM40 Morse Code "V-Nickel"On January 1, 1943 Canada released a new design for their 5-cent coin to promote the war effort of World War II. The reverse featured a large "V" behind a burning torch.  The V both stood for Victory and the denomination in Roman numerals).  Even though the coin is not made of nickel, it is often referred to as Canada's V Nickel.  Around the edge is the inscription in Morse code which reads "WE WIN WHEN WE WORK WILLINGLY". The twelve-sided coin depicts King George VI on the obverse.  The coin was made of a brass alloy called Tombac.  Because copper was needed for the war effort, in 1944 and 1945 the metal was changed to chrome plated steel.  In 1946, after victory had been achieved, the beaver reverse was resumed. 
Item CA-5C-43 CANADA 5 CENTS 1943 KM40 VICTORY, VF-XF $2.00
Item CA-5C-44 CANADA 5 CENTS 1944 KM40a VICTORY, VF-XF $2.00
Item CA-5C-45 CANADA 5 CENTS 1945 KM40a VICTORY, VF-XF $2.00


WORLD WAR II PALESTINE COIN  

Palestine bronze 5 Mils 1942-1944 KM3aLike many nations, British controlled Palestine changed the alloy of their coins in World War II. Nickel was needed for the war effort, so Palestine changed their 5 Mils coin from copper-nickel to bronze.  The bronze 5 Mil was struck only two years: 1942 and 1944.  Following the war the coin returned to its original alloy.  The coin has a center hole, with legends in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
Item PS-3A PALESTINE BRONZE 5 MILS 1942 or 1944 KM3a VF $5.00


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


ATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM UKRAINE

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Kiev World War II Commemorative KM13Commom 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 200,000 Karbovantsiv coin dated 1995, 33mm in diameter and struck in copper-nickel. The reverses depict the Ukrainian arms.  The coin is Proof-like..
Item UA-KIEV UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WWII-KIEV KM13 PROOF-LIKE  $8.00



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



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