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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-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 $20.00
Item DE-94 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $28.00
Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $82.00



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 $22.00


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
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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 F-VF $4.00
Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-29U GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P181 AU-UNC $15.00





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 $3.00

NAZI GERMAN RENTENMARK NOTES

Germany 2 Rentenmark note 1937 P174Germany1 Rentenmark note 1937 P173
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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, hence the different name.. 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-RENTEN2C GERMANY 2 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P174 VG-Fine OUT
Item PM-DE-RENTEN1C GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 F-VF OUT
Item PM-DE-RENTEN1U GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 AU-UNC $10.00



NEWNAZI OCCUPATION CURRENCY

German World War II Occupation Currency
In order to control inflation and limit currency flows, 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, not in Germany. German troops were paid in these notes, thus effectively forcing the occupied nations to finance the cost of their occupation. The undated notes were issued from 1939 to 1945. We offer the complete set of all six occupation notes: 50 Pfennig, 1, 2, 5, 20 and 50 Reichsmark. The three lower denomination notes have no vignettes other than a small German eagle. The 5 Reichsmark pictures a factory worker and a farmer on the front and the Berlin War Memorial on the back. The 20 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Durer’s drawing “The Architect” on the front and the Brandenburg Gate on the back. The 50 Reichsmark features the portrait of a woman on the front and Marienburg castle on the back.
Item PM-DE-OCC50RM NAZI OCCUPATION 50 REICHSMARK from above set, PR140 Fine out
Item PM-DE-OCC20RM NAZI OCCUPATION 20 REICHSMARK from above set, PR139 VG-Fine $10.00
Item PM-DE-OCC5RM NAZI OCCUPATION 5 REICHSMARK from above set, PR138 Fine-VF $8.00
Item PM-DE-OCC2RM NAZI OCCUPATION 2 REICHSMARK from above set, PR137 AU out
Item PM-DE-OCC1RM NAZI OCCUPATION 1 REICHSMARK from above set, PR136 F-VF $8.00





WWII GERMAN ARMED FORCES AUXILIARY PAYMENT CERTIFICATE

German Armed Forces Auxiliary Payment Certificate: 1 Reichspfennig (1942) PM32During World War II Nazi Germany issued special notes known as Auxiliary Payment Certificates. They were used to pay troops stationed in occupied nations. In an effort to keep the notes from circulating in the local economy they were worth ten times their face value if spent in authorized military establishments or sent back to Germany. The notes have the denomination and two small Wehrmacht eagle and swastika emblems on the front. The back is blank. The 1 Reichspfennig note was released in 1942. It is printed on blue watermarked paper and is 88x43mm.
Item PM-DE-MIL-1P GERMAN MILITARY 1 REICHSPFENNIG (1942) PM32 UNC. $12.00



WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY

German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM438German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40Original pack of 50 German Wehrmacht 10 Reichmark military currency 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-MILIT1M GERMAN MILITARY 1 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00
Item PM-DE-MILIT10M GERMAN MILITARY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $20.00
NEW Item PM-DE-MILIT10Mx50 ORIGINAL PACK OF 50 GERMAN MILITARY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM40 UNC. $595.00




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 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



FIRST BANKNOTE OF NAZI OCCUPIED SERBIA Restocked

German occupied Serbia 100 Dinar banknote 1941 P23
The first banknotes issued by the Germans after invaiding 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 Restocked

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 Restocked

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 $6.00



WWII FASCIST ROMANIA BANKNOTE

Romania 500 Lei banknote 1940-1943 P51
Romania came under the control of fascist dictator Ion Antonescu in September 1940. The country officially joined the Axis powers in November 1940. It was a major participant in the invasion of the Soviet Union, contributing both troops and equipment, and was a major supplier of oil for the German war machine. In 1943 the Allies began heavy bombing of Romania. The Soviet Union invaded in 1944. Shortly thereafter young King Michael, who had previously been little more than a figurehead, led a coup that overthrew Antonescu. Romania then joined the Allies. Soviet troops quickly occupied Romania, even though Romania was now on the same side as the Soviet Union. This Romanian 500 Lei note is dated between November 1940 and January 1943, the period when Romania was under the control of the fascists and supporting Nazi Germany. The brown note depicts two female farmers carrying hoes on the front. The back features the Peles Castle. The Neo-Renaissance castle was built as a royal residence for Carol I, the first king of modern Romania, between 1873 and 1914. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.
Item PM-RO-500L ROMANIA 500 LEI 1940-1943 P51 AU-UNC. $18.00


WORLD WAR II COINS OF VICHY FRANCE RESTOCKED

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



COIN OF THE NAZI PUPPET STATE OF BOHEMIA & MORAVIA

Bohemia & Moravia 20 Haleru zinc 1941-44 KM2Bohemia & 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 $6.00
Item BOH-20H BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 20 HALERU 1941-44 KM2 VF $4.00



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 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





NEWWWII 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


NEWFIRST 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


NewLAST BRONZE JAPANESE 1 SEN FORSHADOWS UPCOMING WAR

Japan bronze 1 Sen 1938 Y55IIn 1938 Japan intoduced a new design for their bronze 1 Sen coin.  The obverse features the mythological crow called Yatagarasu, which sybolizes a devine intervention into human affairs.  The other side features the Imperial Chrysanthemum seal, which signifies the Emperor at the top.  The denomination is in the middle.  At the bottom is the Paulownia Flower, which is the seal of the civilian government of Japan.  The new coin replaced the previous 1 Sen which featured only the Paulownia Flower. The coin is dated in the 13th year of Emperor Hirohito's reign (Showa Era year 13).  When the coin was issued Japan had already invaded China and was gearing up for more war.  Because copper was an important war material, the new bronze coin had less copper than the previous issues.   The 23mm bronze coin was struck for less than a year before it was replaced with an aluminum coin.  The historic, old coin is in Uncirculated condition, though may show a bit of toning.
Item JP-1SEN-38 JAPAN BRONZE 1 SEN 1938, Y55 UNC. $5.00



NewCOINS OF OCCUPIED JAPAN

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




1938 CHINESE WAR BOND DEPICTS AIR AND SEA BATTLES

Kwangtung, China 5 Dollar 1938 Defense bond with coupons
Vignette of naval battle on 1938 Kwangtung, China Defense bondVignette of air battle on 1938 Kwangtung, China Defense bond
This 1938 5 Dollar Chinese War bond include two wonderful vignettes. One showing an aerial dogfight, the other depicting costal gun emplacements blasting ships offshore. The bond was issued by Kwangtung Province of China in March 1938 to raise funds in a desperate attempt to stop the Japanese invasion of China. By the time the bonds were issued, Japan had already begun an naval and aerial blockade of Canton (now Guangzhou), the capital of Kwangtung Province (now Guangzhou). Beijing, Shanghai and the national capital of Nanjing had already fallen to the Japanese. The defense of Canton failed and the city fell to the Japanese in December 1938. The bonds are labeled in Chinese "27th year Kwangtung Province National Defense Public Bond" and paid a 4% interest. Only the first three coupons on each bond have been clipped. The bond measures approximately 10.5"x12.5" (26x31.5cm) and is blue. It is an important item issued during the Japanese invasion of China.
Item BND-CN39-$5 KWANGTUNG CHINA, 1938 $5 DEFENSE BOND, XF $39.95





JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR CHINA

5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA OVERPRINTED ON BANK OF JAPAN NOTE PM245 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. The initial issues of Military currency were created by overprinting Japanese homeland notes by putting a red line through the "Bank of Japan Convertible Silver Note" at the front, another line through the Bank of Japan seal on the back putting four large "Military Note" characters on both sides.  The next issue used modified homeland notes that did not have the the Bank of Japan inscriptions or seals.  Later notes were issued for China with the inscription Imperial Japanese Government without the Military note overprint. 
Item PM-CN-5Y-OVPT1 5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA ON BANK OF JAPAN NOTE PM24 F $6.00
Item PM-CN-5Y-OVPT2 5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA ON MODIFIED JAPANESE NOTE PM25 F $3.00





MENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK   Restocked

Meng Chiang Bank 5 Chiao 1938 KM521During the 1930's Japan conquered much of Northern China.  The Meng Chiang Bank was a puppet bank established by the Japanese to provide currency for the area between Mongolia and Manchukuo, known as Inner Mongolia.  In 1938 the Bank issued its only coin: a copper-nickel 5 Chiao. One side of the coin features a pair of stylized dragons and the denomination.   The other side has a floral design.
Item MENG-5C MENG CHIANG BANK 5 CHIAO 1938 Y521 VF-XF $12.00




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 $5.00
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a AG-G $5.00



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



LAST CENT OF THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES WAS FROM PHILADELPHIA

Netherlands East Indies 1 Cent 1945-P KM317This 1945 Netherlands East Indies cent was struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. It was expected that the coins would be needed after the liberation if the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) from the Japanese. The "P" mintmark is next to the date. The 23.5mm bronze cent has a center hole, which was an unusual production requirement for the United States mint. The obverse depicts a rice plant and the legends in Dutch. Indonesia gained independence shortly after World War II, bringing an end to Dutch rule.
Item NEI-CENT NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES 1 CENT 1945-P KM317 UNC. $3.00




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 2 Dollars 2020 75th Anniversary of World War II Victory, regular and colored versionsCanada commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with colored and un-colored versions of this 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
Item CA-2D-REG-VICT CANADA REGULAR 2 DOLLARS 2020 WWII UNC. $7.50



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


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



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



NEWFRENCH 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



NEWTAIWAN 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




NEWUNCLE SAM & BRITANNIA HONOR WORLD WAR II

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2019 Uncle Sam and BritanniaThe British Virgin Islands celebrated the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II with this attractive 2019 dated 1 Dollar coin.  The coin depicts Uncle Sam holding a sword with an eagle, representing the United States, and Britannia holding a trident with a lion representing Great Britain. Above are the words "World War II".  The design symbolizes the unity between the United States and Britain during the war.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin has a mintage of only 2000 pieces.
Item BVI-SAMBRIT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2019 UNCLE SAM & BRITANNIA UNC. $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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