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COINS & CURRENCY OF WORLD WAR II

A selection of money associated with 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-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  Restocked

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 VF $23.00
Item DE-NAZISET8x3 3 of the aobve NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SETS 1- 50 REICHSPFENNIG, VF $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. The Reichsbank was first authorized to issue cufrrency on August 20, 1924.  Unlike coins, the date is not the year the note was printed. These Reichsbank notes were supposedly backed by gold, but could not be redeemed for gold.


FIRST BANKNOTE ISSUED BY NAZI GERMANY   

Germany 50 Reichsmark 1935
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The 50 Reichsmark dated March 30, 1933 was the first banknote issued under the Nazi regime.  It  features the portrait and watermark of 19th century Prussian politician and banker David Hansemann.  The back features a portrait of Mercury in a medallion flanked by two small children.  The design does not include a swastika.  The note is 170 x 85mm
Item PM-DE-50RMK NAZI GERMANY 50 REICHSMARK NOTE 1933 P182 Fine-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-29C GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P181 Fine-VF $3.00


NAZI GERMAN 20 REICHSMARK NOTE FEATURES AUSTRIAN MAIDEN

Germany 20 Reichmark note 1939 P185
In 1939 a new 20 Reichsmark note was introduced, with a design adopted 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 the Dachstein Glacier on Lake Gosausee in Austria.  To the left is a man holding an ax.  To the right is a man sowing seeds.  The watermark depicts the young maiden.
Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-39U GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1939 P185 AU-UNC. $55.00



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-NAZI10RMKC GERMANY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P180 F-VF $4.00

NAZI GERMAN 1 & 2 RENTENMARK NOTES  

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173Germany 2 Rentenmark note, 1937 P175

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.  A 1937 2 Rentenmark with a similar design was also issued and was widely used after the minting of silver 2 Reichmark was discontinued after the start of  World War II in 1939.
Item PM-DE-1RNTMK-C NAZI GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 F-VF $4.00
Item PM-DE-2RNTMK NAZI GERMANY 2 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P174 XF $7.00



NAZI GERMAN CONVERSION FUND NOTES USED TO PAY JEWS

German 5 Reichsmark Conversion Fund Note used to pay Jews for confiscated property, 1933 P199German 10 Reichsmark Conversion Fund Note used to pay Jews for confiscated property, 1934 P208
Jewish and other refugees fleeing Nazi Germany would sometimes be paid for their confiscated property with these Conversion Fund Notes, (called Konversionskasse fur Deutsche Auslandsschulden.) The notes were not legal tender nor were they transferable. Redemption of the notes was difficult, if not impossible.  In most cases their owners found them to be eventually worthless. The original issue is dated 1933.  The 1934 has two red guilloches overprinted on the left side of the 1933 notes, with the lower guilloche containing the date 1934. The large sized notes measure 200 x 115mm.  The notes are Uncirculated and perforated "ENTWERTET" (CANCELLED). They are historic and rarely seen items.
Item PM-DE-5M33 GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK CONVERSION FUND NOTE 1933 CANCELLED P199 UNC. $60.00
Item PM-DE-10M34 GERMANY 10 REICHSMARK CONVERSION FUND NOTE 1934 CANCELLED P208 UNC. $65.00




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




NewCOINS OF NAZI GERMAN OCCUPIED NATIONS

Denmark - WWII Nazi occupation 10 & 25 Ore coinsNorway - WWII Nazi occupation 1 & 5 Ore coins KM386 & KM388Belgium - WWII Nazi occupation 10 & 25 Centimes, 1 & 5 FrancsBelgium - WWII Nazi occupation 10 & 25 Centimes, 1 & 5 Francs
In the spring of 1940 Nazi Germany invaded Denmark, Belgium Norway and Netherlands. Germany had signed a non-aggression pact with Denmark less than a year before.   Netherlands was a neutral nation.  Denmark surrendered just two hours after the invasion.  Belgium surrendered after 18 days.  Norway and Netherlands were defeated and their governments fled to London.  Because Denmark and Belgium surrendered and their kings retained their throne, though much of the government was under German control.  Their coins continued to bear the king's emblem or portrait though were struck in zinc rather than copper-nickel alloys.  From Nazi occupied Denmark we offer the zinc 10 and 25 Ore struck between 1941 and 1945.  The coins have a center hole and the emblem of King Christian X.  The 4-coin set from Nazi occupied Belgium include the 10 and 25 Centimes and 1 Franc that have emblem of King Leopold III and the 5 Franc has his portrait.   After invading Norway, Nazi Germany replaced the copper 1 and 5 Ore that had the cypher of King Haakon VII with iron coins with a lion emblem.   The zinc German occupation coins for the Netherlands were completely different than the bronze and silver pre-war coins.  The 1 Cent features a circled cross on one side and a sprig of grain and waves on the other.  The 10 Cents depicts three tulips.  The 25 Cents features a Viking ship.
Item DK-WWII-SET2 DENMARK 10 & 25 ORE 1941-45 KM822.2a & 823.2a F-VF $5.00
Item NO-WWII-SET2 NORWAY 1 & 5 ORE 1941-44 KM386 & KM388 F-VF $5.00
Item BE-WWII-SET4 BELGIUM 10 & 25 CENTIMES, 1 & 5 FRANCS 1941-46 F-VF out
Item NL-WWII-SET3 NETHERLANDS 1, 10 & 25 CENTS 1941-44 KM170, KM173 & KM174 F-VF $9.00




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




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




LAST BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA

Serbia 100 Dinara 1943 banknote P33
The 100 Dinar note dated January 1, 1943 was the last note issued by Nazi German occupied Serbia before it was liberated in 1944. The front depicts Saint Sava. Sava, known as the Enlightener, was a 13th century Serbian prince and monk who is considered one of the most important figures in Serbian history. The back depicts a cornucopia spilling out fruit and a farmer with a pair of oxen. The note has a watermark of a woman's head. It measures 165 x 84mm.
Item PM-RS-100D-43 NAZI SERBIA 100 DINARA NOTE 1943 P33 VG-Fine $8.00




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





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




ANCIENT GREEK COIN ON UNCIRCULATED OLD GREEK BANKNOTE

Greece 10 Drachmai banknote 1940 depicting coin P314
This 10 Drachmai note of the Kingdom of Greece is dated April 6, 1940, exactly one year before Nazi German troops invaded Greece and Yugoslavia.  The front of the features an ancient Greek coin depicting Demeter, the goddess of harvest and grains. The note replaced the 1930 silver 10 Drachmai coin that depicted the same design. The back depicts the main building of the Academy of Athens, Greece’s top university. The neoclassical building was started in 1859 but not competed until 1887.  For many years it housed the national numismatic collection before being turned over the newly formed Academy of Athens in 1926.  The note was printed by Giesecke & Devrient in Germany and is 83mm x 53mm.
Item PM-GR-10D GREECE 10 DRACHMAI BANKNOTE 1940 P314 UNC. $6.00




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



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-5F45 MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a AG-G $7.00
Item MAN-1F45 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a AG-G $7.00


JAPANESE 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 includes bananas, breadfruit and coconuts on the front 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




JAPANESE INVASION OF THE UNITED STATES?

Malaya 10 Dollars Japanese Invasion Money PM7c
When these 10 Dollar notes issued by The Japanese Government started showing up shortly after World War II, many people took it as proof that Japan planned to invade the United States, and had their new currency for the United States already printed.  The story was repeated so many times that many believed it must be true.  Though the Japanese government did print the notes, they were for use in Malaya, which Japan conquered by early 1942, not the United States.   Like the United States, Malaya called their currency the Dollar.  However, the design is much more suited to Malaya than the United States.  The front features bananas, breadfruit and coconuts. The back pictures palm trees and a ship steaming on the horizon. Each note has two sets of block letters, starting with the letter “M”, which stood for Malaya.  As an anti-counterfeiting measure tiny colored silk threads were embedded into the paper.  These unissued, Crisp Uncirculated 10 Dollar notes were abandoned by the Japanese forces in Malaya after Japan’s surrender in 1945.  They sat in storage for many years since then.   Today they are historic collector’s items recalling Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to extend her empire across Asia in World War II.
Item PM-MY-JIM$10 JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $3.00
Item PM-MY-JIM$10x10 10 of the above JAPANESE INVASION OF MALAYA 10 DOLLARS  PM7c UNC. $15.00



WORLD WAR II SILVER RUPEES OF INDIA

India silver Rupee 1944 KM557.1India was critical to the Allied effort in World War II.  It contributed over 2.5 million troops and provided substantial resources to the war effort.  These World War II era Indian 1 Rupees are 30.5mm, struck in .500 fine silver and contain 1874 troy ounces of silver.  King and Emperor George VI is on the obverse.  The reverse includes the denomination in English and Urdu.  Around them is a wreath made of roses, thistle, shamrock leaves and lotus flowers, representing England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and India.  The 1944 coins have a slightly different design then the 1940 and 1941 coins  The 1944 issue has larger decorations around the rim than the 1940 and 1941  issue. The coins struck at the Bombay mint have a small dot at the bottom of the reverse.  The coins struck at the Lahore mint have a small "L" at the bottom of the reverse.
Item IN-1R-44B INDIA 1 RUPEE 1944 BOMBAY MINT KM557.1 XF-AU $20.00
Item IN-1R-44L INDIA 1 RUPEE 1944 LAHORE MINT KM557.1 XF-AU $22.00
Item IN-1R-41 INDIA 1 RUPEE 1941 BOMBAY MINT KM556 XF-AU $22.00



NewWORLD WAR II COINS OF CURACAO

Curacao bronze 1 Cent 1942 struck at Philadelphia mintCuracao square 5 Cents 1943Curacao silver 10 cents 1941-43Curacao silver 25 cents 1941-43Curacao silver 1/10 Gulden 1944 struck at Denver mintCuracao silver 1/4 Gulden 1944 struck at Denver mint
After Nazi Germany conquered the Netherlands in 1940, the Dutch possessions in the Americas became American protectorates under the Dutch government.   They were needed for the Allied war effort.  Curacao (which included Aruba) was a major refiner of oil, supplying some 60% of the oil used by the Allies.   Suriname (Dutch Guiana) was an important source of bauxite.  The United States mints made coins for the colonies during World War II.  The initial series of coins utilized the same designs as the pre-war Dutch coins.  The 1942 bronze 1 cent and the silver 10 and 25 Cents struck from 1941 to 1943 had a palm tree privy mark and the Philadelphia mint P mintmark.   The square 1943 5 Cents was also struck in Philadelphia but does not have a mint mark or privy mark. The coins were used in both Curacao and Suriname.  In 1944 bronze 1 cent and silver 1/10 and 1/4 Gulden coins were struck at the Denver Mint that included the legend "MUNT VAN CURACAO" (Coin of Curacao) on the reverse.  All the silver coins depict Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, who Churchill called "the only man in the Dutch government"  for her refusal to  acquiesce  to the Germans.
Item CUR-1C42 CURACAO 1 CENT 1942P KM39a VF-XF $5.00
Item CUR-5C43 CURACAO 5 CENTS 1943 KM40 VF-XF $4.50
Item CUR-10C CURACAO SILVER 10 CENTS 1941-43P KM37 VF-XF out
Item CUR-25C CURACAO SILVER 25 CENTS 1941-43P KM38 XF out
Item CUR-1/10G CURACAO SILVER 1/10 GULDEN 1944D KM43 XF $6.00
Item CUR-1/4G CURACAO SILVER 1/4 GULDEN 1944D KM44 XF $8.00



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, XF-AU $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


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



GENERAL 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 

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



France 2 Euros 2020 Charles de GaulleFRANCE HONORS CHARLES DE GAULLE

France honored Charles de Gaulle on their 2020 2 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.  The coin depicts images of him both as President of France in the 1960's and as a General in World War II. 
Item FR-2E20-DEGAULLE FRANCE 2 EUROS 2020 CHARLES DE GAULLE UNC. $7.00



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




WWII ARMY AND NAVY COMMEMORATIVES

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2019 80th Anniversary of WWII-Army KM28British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2019 80th Anniversary of WWII-Navy KM29British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2019 common obverse depicting Queen Elizabeth II
The British Indian Ocean Territory issued these 39mm copper-nickel 2 Pound coins in 2019 to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of World War II.   One honors the Army and features a British soldier with a Matilda, a Churchill and a Cromwell tank in the background.  The other honors the Royal Navy and features a sailor with a King George Class battleship, an Admiral Class battle cruiser and a Flower class corvette in the background.  Both coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and have a mintage of 10,000 each.
Item BIOT-ARMY BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2019 ARMY KM28 BU $9.75
Item BIOT-NAVY BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2019 NAVY KM29 BU $9.75



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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