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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 $12.00
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 $25.00
Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $79.00



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



Germany 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark was the first note issued after Adolf Hitler came to power.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. It continued to be issued until 1945, always with the same date.  It 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.
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARKNOTE 1933 P182 Fine-VF $8.00

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 F-VF $4.00

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 and was issued until 1945..  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 F-VF $3.00



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-NAZI5RMK NAZI GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 F-VF.  $12.00


NEWNAZI GERMAN RENTENMARK NOTES

Germany1 Rentenmark note 1937 P173Germany 2 Rentenmark note 1937 P174
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In 1937 Nazi Germany introduced 1 and 2 Rentenmark notes.  The Rentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark however it was the issuing authority was the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank. The Reichsbank did not issue notes under 5 Reichsmarks so the Rentenbank was utilized to issue these lower denomination notes. The  Rentenbank's currency was backed by mortgages on land and industrial properties rather than by gold.  The emblem of the Rentenbank was a sheaf of grain.  The emblem appears both on the back of the notes and in the embossed seal at the lower right corner of the notes. They were the last notes issued by the Rentenbank.  The notes continued in circulation until 1948.
Item PM-DE-RENTEN2 GERMANY 1 & 2 RENTENMARK NOTES 1937 P173 & P174 VG-Fine $7.00




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
Item PM-DE-MILIT10 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 10 REICHSMARK 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $25.00



NAZI GERMAN BONDS

Nazi Germany bonds: 100 Reichsmark 1935, 500 Reichsmark 1935, 1000 Reichsmark 1936, Thuringia 500 Reichsmark 1942, Thuringia 1000 Reichsmark 1942
Embossed Nazi Emblem on 1942 German BondsThese bonds were issued by Nazi Germany between 1935 and 1942.  The bonds had a lottery aspect, with a portion of the bonds being drawn each year for repayment.   The 1935 and 1936 bonds were issued by the Reich Debt Administration and carry a nominal interest rate of 4 1/2%.  The 1935 issue bear, the Reich’s eagle from the Weimar Republic, the 1936 have the Nazi Eagle & Swastika emblem.  The 1942 bonds were issued by the state of Thuringia with a nominal interest rate of 3 1/2%.  They have the embossed Nazi eagle & swastika emblem.   The bonds measure approximately 8.5" x 11.75" (21cm x 29.5cm) and have been canceled by a single hole punch.  The bonds have a remarkable history.  Having been stored in the impenetrable safe of the Reichsbank in Berlin, they survived the Second World War unscathed by bombings. Even during the years of the German Democratic Republic they went largely untouched.  In 2015 the German Ministry of Finance had the bonds sold at auction, with the proceeds going to the Nazi Crimes Compensation Fund.  They are remarkable and historic items of Nazi German economic history.
Item BND-DE35-100 NAZI GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK BOND, 1935 AU $5.00
Item BND-DE35-500 NAZI GERMANY 500 REICHSMARK BOND, 1935 AU $5.00
Item BND-DE36-1000 NAZI GERMANY 1000 REICHSMARK BOND, 1936 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE42-500 NAZI GERMANY-THURINGIA 500 REICHSMARK BOND, 1942 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE42-1000 NAZI GERMANY-THURINGIA 1000 REICHSMARK BOND, 1942 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE-ALL ALL 5 OF THE ABOVE NAZI GERMAN BONDS, AU $29.00


FASCIST ITALY SILVER COIN OF VICTOR EMMANUEL III Restocked

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 figure head. 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 $6.00


SILVER COIN FROM THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION OF ALBANIA

Albania silver 5 Lek 1939 KM33After Hitler annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia, Mussolini wanted to show that Italy could do the same, so he invaded Albania in April 1939.  His force of some 100,000 men, 137 ships and 600 airplanes quickly overwhelmed the Albanian army.  Italian King Victor Emmanuel III was proclaimed King of Albania and a puppet government under the control of Fascist Italy was created.  This 1939 silver 5 Let was struck to help mark the occasion.  The bust of Victor Emmanuel is on the obverse.  The reverse features the traditional Albanian Eagle flanked by a pair of fasces.  The coin was struck only for a single year. The 23.1mm coin weighs 5 grams, and is struck .835 fine silver.
Item AL-5L ALBANIA-ITALIAN OCCUPATION: SILVER 5 LEK 1939 KM33 XF $27.00


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LASTCOIN 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.  He never returned 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 1970.  
Item YU-10D38 YUGOSLAVIA 10 DINARA 1938 KM22 XF-AU $3.50



BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED CROATIA

Croatia 1000 Kuna banknote 1943 P12
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 bits of Yugoslavia were divided between Germany's allies. Croatia was nominally ruled by an Italian prince who never set foot in the country.. From the Nazi puppet state of Croatia we have the 1943 1000 Kuna note. The note has an ancient frieze on the front and two Croatian women in fancy native costumes.  It was  printed in Germany by Giesecke & Devrient, a private company which is still printing banknotes.   
Item PM-HR-1000K NAZI CROATIA 1000 KUNA 1943 P12 AU-UNC. $5.00




WORLD WAR II COIN OF BULGARIA

Bulgaria 50 Leva 1940 KM48Boris III became Czar of Bulgaria in 1918 after his father was forced to abdicate following Bulgaria's defeat in World War I. During his reign he faced multiple assassination attempts and military coups before successfully asserting his power in 1935.  Bulgaria initially declared neutrality in World War II, however it joined the Axis in March 1941 on Hitler's promise to restore territories lost in World War I.  Hitler used Bulgaria as a base to attack Greece and Yugoslavia the following month.  Boris never fully supported Hitler, refusing to send troops to fight against the Soviet Union and repeatedly delaying the deportation of Jews. Boris died of an apparent heart attack in August 1943, shortly after a stormy meeting with Adolf Hitler.  Some claim he may have been poisoned for his refusal to cooperate.  Shortly there-after the Soviet Union declared war on Bulgaria and entered the country unopposed. This 1940 copper-nickel 50 Leva features Boris’s head is on one side and the denomination within a wreath is on the other.  The 27mm coin was struck in Berlin and has the "A" Berlin mintmark below Boris's head.
Item BG-50L BULGARIA 50 LEVA 1940 KM4 VF $3.00



NEWWORLD WAR II COIN FOR NORTH AFRICA

France 5 Francs 1940 minted for use in Algeria KM888a.1This 1940 5 Francs was struck in France for use in Algeria shortly before the country fell to the Nazis in June 1940. The coin has the same design as the homeland 5 Francs but is struck in a distinctive aluminum-bronze alloy.  The 31mm coin depicts the head of Marianne on the obverse and the denomination within a wreath on the reverse.  At the time it was minted Algeria did not have any distinctive coins of its own. The coins were in use in Algeria  at the time of Allied invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in November 1942.
Item FR-888A FRANCE 5 FRANCS FOR USE IN ALGERIA 1940, KM888a.1 VF $4.50

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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 KM25 Fine $3.00



WORLD WAR II COIN OF SPAIN   Restocked

Spain 1 Peseta 1944 KM767Though Francisco Franco and the Spanish Nationalists were 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 Leˇn, 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

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WWII SOVIET UNION WAR BONDS

 Soviet Union 50 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troopsSoviet Union 25 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troops

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The Soviet Union had impressive looking war bonds! Theese 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.   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 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.  
Item BND-USSR45-50 SOVIET UNION 50 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, VG-F $25.00
Item BND-USSR45-25 SOVIET UNION 25 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, F $25.00




NEWWORLD WAR II COINS OF THE VATICAN

Vatican 50 Centesimi 1941 KM25aVatican 1 Lira 1941 KM26a               Vatican 2 Lire 1942 KM36
During World War II the Vatican was in a difficult position, torn between its Christian duties and the need to cooperate with Fascist Italy which granted the Vatican its independence in 1929.  We are pleased to offer the following coins of the Vatican struck during these difficult war years.  The 1941 50 Centesimi depicts Archangel Michael drawing his sword.  The 1941 1 Lira depicts the Virgin Mary standing on the globe and a crescent moon.  The 1942 2 Lire features Justice seated holding a scale and the tablet of law.  The obverses of all three coins have the Papal Arms of Pius XII which feature a dove holding an olive branch.  The coins are struck in stainless steel.
Item VA-SET2 VATICAN 50 CENTESIMI & 1 LIRA 1941, KM25a & 26a AU-UNC. $19.50
Item VA-2L-42 VATICAN 2 LIRE 1942 KM36 AU-UNC. $9.50



BU WORLD WAR II BRITISH FARTHING

Great Britain Farthing 1939 KM843This Brilliant Uncirculated British Farthing is dated 1939, the year Great Britain declared war on Germany. The 20mm bronze coin depicts King George VI on the obverse.  The reverse features a wren, the smallest bird in Britain, which was appropriate as the farthing was the lowest denomination of Britain, worth just a quarter of a penny.
Item GB-FARTH GREAT BRITAIN FARTHING 1939 KM843 BU $12.00




SCARCE WWII CLAY COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan baked clay 1 Sen KM110 By the end of World War II Japan suffered from a severe shortage of metal needed to make coins.  Emergency coins were made out of clay, however the coins circulated for only for only a few days in cental Japan before the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945. This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The unusual, undated 1 Sen coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and sakura blossems on the other.  The 15mm coin is made from red or brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110 JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $32.00


WORLD WAR II JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA  

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



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



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 G-VG $7.00
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $7.00


WORLD WAR II CHINESE CURRENCY

Bank of China 5 Yuan banknote 1940, P84Bank of China 10 Yuan banknote 1940, P85Bank of China 100 Yuan banknote with Chungking Overprint 1940, P88c
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In July 1937 Japan began a full scale invasion of China. Japanese forces quickly took Peking (Beijing) and Shanghai.  In December the Japanese conquered the capital city of Nanking, and engaged in a campaign of mass murder and rape.   Rather than surrender, the Chinese retreated and moved their capital to the remote city of Chungking (now Chongqing) in south-west China.  The 1940 blue 5 Yuan,  red 10 Yuan and purple 100 Yuan notes were issued by the Nationalist Chinese government's Bank of China after it moved from Shanghai to Chungking to escape the Japanese.  The notes feature Sun Yat Sen, the founding father of the Republic of China on the front.  The back pictures the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.  The notes were printed by the American Banknote Company and are in Chinese on the front, English on the back.  The 100 Yuan note is overprinted "Chungking" in English on the back, and in Chinese on the front.
Item PM-CN-BOC5Y BANK OF CHINA 5 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P84 VF $5.00
Item PM-CN-BOC10Y BANK OF CHINA 10 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P85 VF $4.00
Item PM-CN-BOC100Y BANK OF CHINA 100 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P88c F-VF $9.00


WWII CHINESE BANKNOTE

Central Bank of China 100 Yuan 1941 P243
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Japan attacked China on July 7, 1937.  They soon captured Shanghai, and brutally captured the capital city of Nanking (Nanjing).  Though the Japanese ruled large cities and coastal areas, they were unable to control the vast interior.  During World War II the United States and Great Britain supported China by supplying weapons and supplies.  After the Allies defeat in Burma, supplies were airlifted over the Himalayas ("the hump") from India.  Over the course of the war it is estimated that between 10 million and 25 million Chinese civilians and 4 million Chinese and Japanese military personnel died of war related violence, famine and disease.  This 100 Yuan note issued by the Central Bank of China is dated 1941.  It was printed in Pennsylvania by the Security Banknote Company.  The note features Sun Yat Sen and measures 160mm x 83mm.
Item PM-CN-CBC100Y CENTRAL BANK OF CHINA 100 YUAN 1941 P243 XF-AU $5.00



NEWJAPANESE INVASION MONEY FOR BURMA

World War II Japanese Invasion Money for Burma: 1/2, 1, 5, 10 & 100 Rupee P13 - P17
Prior to World War II, Burma (now Myanmar) was under British rule. Japanese forces attacked Burma on December 14, 1941.  Within five months the British forces were defeated or retreated to India and Burma came under Japanese control. Japan issued these banknotes for their occupation of Burma.. Like the previous British issues, the notes are in English and denominated in Rupees. The undated notes were issued from 1942 to 1944.  The fronts of the notes all bear the legend "THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT" and depict the Ananada Temple in Pagan (Bagan).  The backs have the denomination and a geometric design.  This five-note set includes the 1/2, 1, 5, 10 and 100 Rupees. The notes are Uncirculated, though may have been slightly mishandled in storage.
Item PM-BURMA-JIM5 BURMA 5 NOTE SET OF JAPANESE INVASION MONEY, 1/2 - 100 RUPEES, P13-17 AU-UNC. $6.00
Item PM-BURMA-10R BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 from the above set VF-AU $2.00
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx10 10 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $9.75
Item PM-BURMA-10Rx100 100 PIECES OF BURMA 10 RUPEE JAPANESE INVASION NOTE P16 VF-AU $65.00



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 Uncirculated 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
Item PM-MALAYA10 MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x10 10 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $18.00
Item PM-MALAYA10x100 100 PIECES OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS JAPANESE INVASION NOTE, PM7c AU-UNC. $95.00



WORLD 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



NEWWORLD WAR II COIN OF FREE FRENCH MADAGASCAR

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”.   The coin is technically Uncirculated, but has spots and stains from improper storage in the tropics.
Item MG-50C MADAGASCAR 50 CENTIMES 1943 KM1 UNC-SPOTS $12.00




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-5M PALESTINE BRONZE 5 MILS 1942 or 1944 KM3a VF $5.00



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



NEWCANADA 2019 D-DAY 2 DOLLAR COINS

Canada 2 Dollars 2019 D-Day
Canada issued both colored and uncolored 2 Dollar coins in 2019 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Allied D-Day landing   Both versions have the same design featuring Canadian soldiers peering over the edge of their landing craft approaching Juno Beach. Supporting ships and airplanes and blimps appear in the outer ring. The colored version depicts the central helmet and the legend above it in color.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The bi-metallic coins are 28mm in diameter and are Uncirculated.
Item CA-REG-D-DAY CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2019 D-DAY REGULAR (not colored) UNC. $6.50
Item CA-CLR-D-DAY CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2019 D-DAY COLORED UNC. out




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. $3.00
 Item US-BICENT UNITED STATES 1976 BICENTENNIAL EISENHOWER DOLLAR XF-AU $3.00
 Item US-SMALLIKE UNITED STATES 1 DOLLAR 2015-P PRESIDENT EISENHOWER UNC-nicks $3.00



NEWGREAT BRITAIN 5 POUNDS WINSTON CHURCHILL POLYMER NOTE

Great Britain 5 Pounds Winston Churchill 2015 banknote P394
Note: "SPECIMEN" appears on this image for legal reasons, not on the note itself
Winston Churchill is featured on the back this recent 5 Pounds note of Great Britain.  Churchill, who led Britain through much of World War II, is considered one of the greatest statesmen of all time and is the only British Prime Minister to win a Nobel Prize in literature.  Next to Churchill on the note is an image of Westminster, Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) and an image of his Nobel Prize. Beneath him is his famous quote that he gave at the House of Commons upon assuming leadership of the government in 1940 "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."  The front depicts Queen Elizabeth and the Bank of England building.  The note has a window depicting the Queen and Big Ben as well as a holographic image that changes from "Five" to "Pounds" as the note is shifted.  It is an impressive note for an impressive statesman. 
Item PM-GB-5P GREAT BRITAIN 5 POUNDS CHURCHILL BANKNOTE, 2015 P394 UNC. $12.50



NEWPORTUGUESE 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



NEWSAIPAN 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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