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COINS & CURRENCY OF WORLD WAR II

A selection of money used during World War 2

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-93x5 5 of the above NAZI SILVER 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM93 VF $59.00
Item DE-83 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $25.00
Item DE-83x3 3 of the NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $69.00
Item DE-86 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $22.00
Item DE-86x5 5 of the NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $105.00
Item DE-94 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $29.00
Item DE-94x5 5 of the NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $129.00
Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $85.00
Item DE-SSET4x5 5 SETS OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $410.00



NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET  

Nazi German coin set 1 - 50 Reichspfennig
This set consists of the eight lower denominations of Nazi German coins each showing the eagle and swastika. The 1937-1939 issues include the 1, 2, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig made from copper 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, 1937-1944 $22.00
Item DE-NAZISET8x3 3 Sets of NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET 1- 50 REICHSPFENNIG, 1937-1944 $59.00


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, 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 1933-44 $125.00


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.

100 REICHSMARK FEATURES SWASTIKA


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 called the "Father of the Fertilizer Industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient. The back depicts allegorical figures. The note was the highest denomination in general circulation. It was about half a month's pay for a skilled laborer.
Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMKC GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK NOTE 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


Germany 20 Reichmark note 1929 P181
Reduced size images
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-29C GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P181 F-VF $4.00





NEWNAZI GERMAN 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173

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. $10.00





WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY

German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40
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 FUR 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-MILIT10M GERMAN MILITARY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $20.00



NEWNAZI OCCUPATION CURRENCY

WWII German occupation currency,205 Reichsmark PR139
Germany created a special currency, called Reichskreditkassenschein for use in the nations overrun by Hitler's forces.   The notes were denominated in German Reichsmark, but could only be spent in an occupied country. German troops were paid in these notes, thus making the occupied nations finance the cost of their own occupation.  The undated notes were issued from 1939 to 1945.  The 20 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Durer’s drawing “The Architect” on the front and the Brandenburg Gate on the back. 
Item PM-DE-OCC20M NAZI GERMAN OCCUPATION 20 REICHSMARK NOTE (1939-34) PR139 UNC. $20.00



FASCIST ITALY SILVER COIN OF VICTOR EMMANUEL III 

Italy silver 5 Lire KM67 Victor Emmanuel IIIThis silver 5 Lire of Fascist Italy dates from 1927 to 1930.  King Victor Emmanuel III (Vittorio Emanuele III) is on the obverse.  An eagle and fasces, the emblem of Fascist Italy is on the reverse.  By 1927 Mussolini had turned Italy into a dictatorship and the king was largely a figurehead. The 23mm coin weighs 5 grams and contains .1342 troy ounces of silver.  It is an  historic silver coin of Fascist Italy.
Item IT-VE3-5L ITALY SILVER 5 LIRE, 1927-30 KM67 VF $10.00



NEWFASCIST ITALY COIN SET 

Fascist Italy 5 coin set: 5, 10, 20, 50 Centesimi & 1 LiraThis 5-coin World War II era set from Fascist Italy includes the 5, 10, 20, 50 Centesimi and 1 Lira dating from 1936 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 and 10 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-FASCIST5 FASCIST ITALY 5 COIN SET 5 CENTESIMI - 1 LIRA 1936-43 VF-AU $12.00





FIRST BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA 

German occupied Serbia 100 Dinar banknote 1941 P23
The first banknotes issued by the Germans after invading 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 one of the world's prettiest banknotes. This 100 Dinar note dated May 1, 1941, less than a month after the Nazi invasion began. It is overprinted on the 1929 Yugoslavia 100 Dinar banknotes. The front depicts young woman holding a sword. The back features a young man with a large garland of fruit.
Item PM-RS-OVPT-100D NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA 1941 OVERPRINTED NOTE P23 Fine $5.00



ATTRACTIVE BANKNOTE OF NAZI GERMAN OCCUPIED SERBIA 

Nazi German occupied Serbia 500 Dinara note 1941 P27
On April 6, 1941 Axis Forces under Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia.  They promptly conquered and divided the nation along ethnic lines.  Serbia was placed under the control of the German military.   Serbia issued some beautiful, multi-color banknotes while under Nazi German control. The notes were printed by the Serbian Institute for Manufacturing Banknotes and Coins in Belgrade. The 500 Dinar dated November 11, 1941 depicts a woman with gold coin jewelry on the front and a bricklayer on the back.  They are impressive, large size, colorful notes from a time when Serbia was under Nazi German occupation.
Item PM-RS-500D-41 NAZI SERBIA 500 DINARA BANKNOTE 1941 P27 Fine $5.00


WORLD WAR II COINS OF VICHY FRANCE 

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




COIN OF THE NAZI PUPPET STATE OF BOHEMIA & MORAVIA

Bohemia & Moravia 1 Korun zinc 1941-44 KM4
Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, splitting the country in three.  In one portion they created a puppet state called the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.  Coins were minted only from 1941 to 1944. The coins all feature the Bohemian Lion on the obverse.  The 1 Korun has the denomination and linden branches on the reverse.  The 20 Haleru has wheat ears, a sickle and the denomination on the reverse.  The coins were minted in the Lysa nad Labem Metal Furniture Factory. The coins are zinc, so may have some white spots.  It is an historic set from a nation that existed briefly during World War II.
Item BOH-1K BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1 KORUN COIN, 1941-44 KM4 VF-spots $6.00



LAST COIN OF THE KINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIA

Yugoslavia 10 Dinara 1938 KM22This 1938 10 Dinara is one of the last coins of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The obverse of the 23mm nickel coin depicts the head of young King Peter II. The reverse has the royal crown, denomination and date within a wreath. Peter became king in 1934 at age 11 upon the assassination of his father, King Alexander I. Though he was opposed to Nazi Germany, his regent signed a pact that allied Yugoslavia with the Nazis in 1941. Two days later a British supported coup overthrew the regency and proclaimed the 17 year old Peter to be of age and in control of Yugoslavia. Hitler responded by attacking and quickly conquering Yugoslavia.  Peter escaped by climbing down a drainpipe. Hitler's attack of Yugoslavia diverted the German army and delayed Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia by six weeks. The delay contributed to Germany's defeat due to the harsh Russian winter.  Peter was never able to return to his homeland. He made his way to London, then after the war lived in the United States, eventually working in a Los Angeles Savings and Loan before he died in Denver in 1970.
Item YU-10D38 YUGOSLAVIA 10 DINARA 1938 KM22 XF-AU $4.00


WORLD WAR II COIN OF SPAIN

Spain 1 Peseta 1944 KM767Though Francisco Franco and the Spanish Nationalists received heavy assistance from Hitler during the Spanish Civil War and the two were ideologically similar, Spain never officially joined the Axis powers in World War II. Spain provided volunteers to fight against Russia, but insisted they not be used on the western front. Negotiations between Hitler and Franco concerning Spain formally entering the war did not go well, with Hitler reportedly saying "I prefer to have three or four of my own teeth pulled out than to speak to that man again!". This 1944 21mm aluminum-bronze Spanish 1 Peseta depicts coat of arms of Spain on the obverse. The reverse features the historical symbols of Spain around the denomination: a pomegranate for Granada, four pallets for Aragon, a castle of Castile, a lion for Leon, chains for Navarre and a bundle of arrows for the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand and Isabella) who united the country.
Item ES-1P SPAIN 1 PESETA 1944 KM767 F-VF $3.00





WWII BELGIAN COIN STRUCK ON U.S. WAR CENT BLANK 

Belgium 2 Francs 1944 struck on United States 1943 steel cent blankIn 1944, in order to provide new coins for the newly liberated Belgium, and use up the excess blanks left over when the unpopular 1943 steel cent was discontinued, the US mint struck the new Belgium 2 Franc coin on unused steel cent blanks.  The coins were struck for one year only, perhaps because the Belgians disliked the coins as much as the Americans did.
Item BE-2F BELGIUM 2 FRANC 1944 ON US WAR CENT BLANK KM133 VF-XF $3.00
Item US-STEEL UNITED STATES 1943 STEEL CENT, VF $1.00


FIRST POST-WORLD WAR II COIN OF LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg 1 Franc 1946 coin KM46.1, 23mmBefore World War II Luxembourg was a neutral nation.  In 1939 Adolf Hitler promised to respect Luxembourg's sovereignty, however on May 9, 1940 Germany invaded.  The Luxembourg army of 425 soldiers and 13 officers were no match against the powerful German Wehrmacht and the country fell within hours. A forceful campaign of Germanization was begun and in 1942 Luxembourg was officially made part of Germany.  This 1946 1 Franc was one of the first coins issued by Luxembourg after Germany's defeat in 1945.  The design of the 23mm copper-nickel coin is similar to that of the pre-war 1 Franc.  The obverse features a bare-chested steelworker poking at flames (occupational safety regulations were much looser then), in the background smoke rises from smokestacks (pollution laws were also much looser).  The reverse features the crowned monogram of Grand Duchess Charlotte.
Item LU-1F LUXEMBOURG 1 FRANC 1946 KM46.1 BU $3.00
Item LU-1Fx10 10 of the above LUXEMBOURG 1 FRANC 1946 KM46.1 BU $12.50



COINS OF OCCUPIED JAPAN Restocked

Japan 10 Sen & 50 Sen coins 1945-1948 Y68 & Y69This set includes two of the first coins Japan issued following its defeat in World War II, while it was under American occupation. They were some of the first Japanese coins to feature the denomination in western numerals. Both coins feature cherry blossoms, which signifies renewal, and the Imperial Chrysanthemum Seal representing the Emperor. The aluminum 10 Sen was minted only in 1945 and 1946, before it was discontinued due to inflation. One side features rice stalks and the denomination in Japanese. The other side depicts a cherry blossom and the denomination in western numerals. The brass 50 Sen was struck only in 1947 and 1948, before it too was discontinued due to a lack of buying power. The obverse features the denomination in Japanese within a wreath of cherry blossoms and the denomination in Japanese. The denomination in western numerals is on the reverse.
Item JP-POSTWAR2 JAPAN 10 & 50 SEN 1945-48 Y68 & Y69 UNC. $3.00



JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR CHINA

5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA OVERPRINTED ON MODIFIED JAPANESE NOTE PM25
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.  This 5 Yen note used a modified version of the homeland 5 Yen note.  The note lacked the text that translated as "Bank of Japan Convertible Silver Note".  Instead it had a bright red 4 character overprint that translates as "Military Note".
Item PM-CN-5Y-OVPT2 5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA ON MODIFIED JAPANESE NOTE PM25 F $3.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA

Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13aManchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"
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 relatively 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-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a AG-G $7.00
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a AG-G $7.00


NEWJAPANESE INVASION MONEY

WWII Japanese Invasion notes: Burma 10 Rupees, Malaya 10 Dollars, Philippines 10 Pesos
As Japanese forces  conquered Burma, Malaya and the Philippines in World War II they introduced their own currency.  Anyone found with any other type of currency was subject to severe punishment.  As English was the official language of these three colonies, the notes were printed in English and were denominated in the currency that had been in circulation.  The notes were only labeled “THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT” without mentioning the colony.  The red 10 Rupee note for Burma depict the Ananda Temple in Bagan.  The dark blue and yellow 10 Dollar note for Malaya bananas, breadfruit and coconuts and a ship steaming in the horizon on the back.   The black and light blue Philippine 10 Pesos note depicts a banana plantation.
Item PM-JIM3 JAPANESE INVASION MONEY: BURMA 10 RUPEE, MALAYA $10 & PHILIPPINES 10 PESOS VF-AU $4.00
Item PM-JIM3x10 10 SETS OF THE ABOVE THREE JAPANESE INVASION MONEY VF-AU $22.50




NEWWWII SILVER FLORIN FROM AUSTRALIA

Australia silver Florin 1944 KM40Australia entered World War II with an ill-prepared, understaffed military with aging equipment.  After Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939 Australia sent much of its military to Europe and North Africa.  In 1941 and 1942 Australia suffered major losses in the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore, where it had much of its remaining forces stationed, leaving it vunerable to a Japanese invasion.  It brought home much of its European forces for to fight the War in the Pacific.  From 1942 until early 1944, Australia made up a majority of Allied strength in much of the fighting in the South West Pacific theatre.  Towards the end of the war the size of the Australian military was reduced in order to release manpower for war-related industries which were important to supplying Britain and the US forces in the Pacific.  During the war almost a million U.S. personnel passed through Australia.  The war contributed to major changes in the Australia’s economy, military and foreign policy and accelerated the process of industrialization.  This Australian 1944 sterling silver Florin (2 Shillings) depicts King George VI on the obverse and the arms of Australia on the reverse.  The 28.5mm coin was struck at the Melbourne mint and contains .3364 troy ounces of silver.
Item AU-FL44 AUSTRALIA 1 FLORIN 1944 (Melbourne) KM40 VF-XF $16.00




WWII CANADA TOMBAC 1942 BEAVER AND 1943 VICTORY 5 CENTS

Canada 5 Cents 1942 KM39 Beaver and 1943 KM40 VictoryDuring 1942, because nickel was needed for the war effort, Canada replaced the nickel 5 cent coin with one made of a brass alloy called Tombac. The new coins were 12-sided, making them even more distinctive. The new coins kept the beaver reverse and King George VI that was on the previous coins. The coins were struck only a single year. 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". Like the 1942 issue, the coin is made of Tombac and depictes King George VI on the obverse. It too was struck only a single year. In 1944 the Tombac allow was replaced with chrome-plated steel.
Item CA-5C-42T CANADA 5 CENTS 1942 KM39 TOMBAC - BEAVER, VF-XF $2.50
Item CA-5C-43 CANADA 5 CENTS 1943 KM40 VICTORY, VF-XF $2.50

CANADA 2020 WORLD WAR II VICTORY 2 DOLLAR COIN

Canada color 2 Dollars 2020 75th Anniversary of World War II VictoryCanada commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with this multi-color 2020 2 Dollar coin.  The coins have similar reverse designs which were adapted from Canada's World War II era Victory 5 cent coins.  The designs feature a torch and a large "V" in the center. On the outer ring is the inscription "WE WIN WHEN WE WORK WILLINGLY" in Morse code and the words Victory and Remember are in English and French.  At the top are two shifting images of a maple leaf within the line pattern.  The obverse depicts the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Item CA-2D-COL-VICT CANADA COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2020 WWII UNC. $7.00



WORLD WAR II CANADIAN MEAT RATION TOKEN

Canada World War II meat ration tokenMeat was rationed in Canada during World War II. Families received a ration booklet which allowed them to purchase a limited quantity of rationed goods, including tea, coffee, sugar, butter, booze and meat each week. Each weekly meat ration coupon was good for 2 pounds of meat. The problem was that many did not have refrigeration at home, so they would either forfeit the whole coupon for a lesser amount of meat, or buy their full amount and risk it going bad before it could be used. In 1945 the Canadian government finally wised up and issued meat ration tokens that were good for a lesser quantity of meat. Each token was worth 1/8 of a meat ration coupon (1/4 pound of meat), so if someone bought less than their full ration of meat the tokens could be given out to be used later. If one bought half their weekly ration of meat, they would receive four tokens for later use. The 22mm blue token is struck on a heavy blue cardboard with a center hole. Both sides have the same design with the words "CANADA - RATION MEAT - VIANDE" and two maple leaves.
Item CA-MEAT CANADA WWII MEAT RATION TOKEN, UNC. $3.00
Item CA-MEATx10 10 of the above CANADA WWII MEAT RATION TOKENS, UNC. $9.75



NEWNEWFOUNDLAND WORLD WAR II SILVER 5 CENTS

Newfoundland silver 5 Cents 1941-1945Though Canada switched from a silver 5 Cent to a nickel 5 Cent nickel in 1922, due to a strong conservative element, Newfoundland continued to use the small silver 5 cent coin.  The 15.5mm coin was struck in .925 silver until 1943, and in .800 fine silver from 1944 until 1947.   Starting in 1940 the coins were struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa.  Its "C" mintmark is at the bottom on the reverse.  Going into World War II Newfoundland was suffering severely from the Great Depression and did not have a functioning parliament.  The war temporarily brought prosperity due to the demand for its fishery and agricultural products and the establishment of a major aircraft refueling base at Gander.  Some 20,000 fighters and bombers stopped at Gander on their way to Europe during the war, which significantly increased the demand for small change and the production of Newfoundland silver 5 cent coins.
Item NEWF-5C41 NEWFOUNDLAND 5 CENTS 1941-1943 KM19 VF $6.00
Item NEWF-5C45 NEWFOUNDLAND 5 CENTS 1945 KM19a VF $6.00


WORLD WAR II SILVER DIMES FROM NEWFOUNDLAND 

Newfoundland silver Dime 1941-1945These silver 10 cents were struck for Newfoundland during World War II. At the time Newfoundland was in a state of political and economic turmoil.  It was without a functioning parliament.   The Newfoundland 10 Cents features King George VI on the obverse.  The denomination, date and name of the nation are on the reverse.  The until 1945 the coins were struck in .925 (sterling) silver.  The 1945 issues were struck in .800 fine silver, the same as was used in Canada.
Item NEWF-10C41 NEWFOUNDLAND 10 CENTS 1941-1944 KM20 VF $7.00
Item NEWF-10C45 NEWFOUNDLAND 10 CENTS 1945 KM20a VF $7.00


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 1945 KM424 UNC. $2.00
Item MX-5C-BTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE MEXICAN 5 CENTAVOS, 1944 & 1945 UNC.$3.00



WORLD WAR II COINS OF BOLIVIA STRUCK AT THE PHILADELPHIA MINT

Bolivia World War II 10, 20 & 50 Centavos, 1942 KM179a, KM183 & KM182aThis three-coin set includes the zinc 10 and 20 Centavos and bronze 50 Centavos dated 1942. The coins were struck at the United States mint in Philadelphia. The three coins have similar designs. The obverses depict the Bolivian arms which feature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca. The reverses have a caduceus, the denomination and date. During World War II Bolivia's mines supplied much needed tin to the Allies. Bolivia did not declare war on Germany until 1943, by which time it was becoming clear that the Axis powers were losing the war. Bolivia did not send troops, ships or airplanes overseas to fight the war.
Item BO-WWIISET BOLIVIA 3 COIN SET 10, 20 & 50 CENTAVOS 1942 KM179a, 183 & 182a.1 XF-UNC. $7.50



NEWGENERAL MacARTHUR MEMORIAL MEDAL

General MacArthur oxidized silver plated bronze medalThis attractive 38.9 mm medal commemorating General Douglas MacArthur was struck shortly after his death in 1964 by Capitol Medals. The obverse pictures the General. The reverse has two of his most famous quotes: "I shall Return" and "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away".   The oxidized silver-plated bronze medal comes in an envelope with a descriptive brochure.
Item MacARTHUR GENERAL MacARTHUR SILVER-PLATED MEDAL $9.75




ALLIED LEADERS OF WORLD WAR II Restocked

Great Britain 1 Crown 1965 ChurchillUnited 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 in 1976 to commemorae teh bi-centennial of theUnited States and the smaller 26.5mm 2015 United States Presidential “Golden Dollar”. 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 original mint bags, most coins have nicks or bagmarks. The large coins are 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. $3.50
Item US-BICENT UNITED STATES 1976 BICENTENNIAL EISENHOWER DOLLAR UNC.  out
Item US-SMALLIKE UNITED STATES 1 DOLLAR 2015-P PRESIDENT EISENHOWER UNC-nicks $3.00



FRENCH SILVER 10 EURO HONORS CHARLES DE GAULLE

France silver 10 Euro 2020 Charles de GaulleFrance honored Charles de Gaulle on this silver 2020 10 Euro coin.  The coin commemorates both the 50th anniversary of his death in 1970 and the 80th anniversary of his Appeal of 18 June, which was an appeal launched by de Gaulle on June 18, 1940 from the BBC studios in London that established the French Resistance against Nazi Germany.  He later served as the President of the French Republic from 1959 to 1969.   The coin depicts images of him both as President of France in the 1960's and as a General in World War II.   The reverse includes the denomination within oak and laurel branches, the date, and a series of lines representing France's hexagonal shape.  The 31mm coin is struck in .333 fine silver and comes in a descriptive folder written in both French and English.
Item FR-DEGAULLE FRANCE 10 EURO 2020 CHARLES DEGAULLE BU $25.00



TAIWAN CELEBRATES LIBERATION FROM JAPAN

China-Taiwan 10 Yuan 1995, 50th Anniversary of Liberation from JapanAfter several unsuccessful attempts to gain control of Taiwan (Formosa), Japan took the island from China in 1895 as a result of China's defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War.  Upon Japan's defeat in 1945 in World War II, China regained control of Taiwan.  In 1995 the Republic of China, (now commonly called Taiwan), commemorated the 50th Anniversary of its liberation from Japan.  The 26mm copper-nickel 10 Yuan coin features a map of Taiwan and the dates 1945 1995.
Item TAIWAN-LIB CHINA-TAIWAN 10 YUAN 1995 LIBERATION Y555 UNC. $3.50


PORTUGUESE TIMOR HONORS WORLD WAR II HERO

Portuguese Timor 2 Escudos banknote, 1967 P26a
Portuguese Timor, now the independent nation of East Timor, honored their World War II hero Dom Aleixo Corte-Real on this 1967 20 Escudos note. A vignette and watermark of him wearing an impressive feather crown appears on the front of the note. He is the only native to be honored on a banknote of Portuguese Timor and one of the only World War II heroes to be honored on a banknote anywhere. Aleixo Corte-Real, also known as Dom Aleixo Timorese was born in 1886. In 1912 he became the Liurai (chief) of the region of Ainaro. He was a strong supporter of the Portuguese rule of Timor. The Japanese invaded Portuguese Timor in 1942, even though Portugal was a neutral country during the war. He led a major revolt against the Japanese until he was captured in 1943. He refused to denounce the Portuguese flag, for which he and his family were killed by the Japanese. The back of the note includes the Portuguese Imperial Arms and the seal of the Banco National Ultramarino which features a sailing ship. The note measures 135 x 75mm and has a solid security thread. Because Portuguese Timor was a small, isolated colony its notes are difficult to find. The note is Uncirculated, but has minor brown stains from storage in the tropics.
Item PM-TP-20E PORTUGUESE TIMOR 20 ESCUDOS NOTE 1967 P26a UNC.-minor stains $5.00



WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM ASCENSION ISLAND

Ascension Island 1 Crown 2019, 80th Anniversary of start of World War IIAscension Island commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the start of World War II with this copper-nickel 1 Crown. An airbase was constructed on the island during the war for patrol operations. The base was called "wideawake" because of a nearby colony of noisy terns. The coin features three soldiers with tanks and war vehicles, ships and Lancaster airplanes in the background. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The 38.6mm coin has a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-WWII ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 WORLD WAR II BU $14.00





SAIPAN HONORS WORLD WAR II BATTLE

Saipan 5 Dollars 2019 Battle of SaipanSaipan is now part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In World War II it was the site of one of the bloodiest and most strategic battles in the Pacific. Saipan was Japanese territory and one of the last line of defenses before the homeland. An estimated 29,000 Japanese soldiers and 20,000 civilians died trying to defend the island. 3,426 Americans died and 10,364 were wounded. The loss of Saipan was a major blow to Japan. American B-29 bombers were now within striking range of mainland Japan and the Philippines. The obverse unofficial 2019 Saipan 5 Dollar coin depicts the emblem of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. The reverse features a Marine in front of a waving American flag and the dates of the Battle of Saipan. The 40mm eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item SAIPAN SAIPAN 5 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $22.00






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