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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 $20.00
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 $80.00


NAZI GERMAN CURRENCY


Germany 100 Reichsmark note 1935 P183
The 100 Reichsmark was the first to feature a swastika.  A large swastika underprint is at the center of the front. To the right is Justus von Liebig, a 19th century German chemist who is 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 and was a considerable sum - about 2 months pay for a soldier.  The note, always dated 1935, was produced throughout World War II and continued to circulated until 1948.     
 Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMK  GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK NOTE 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


Germany 500 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
The 50 Reichsmark was the first note issued after the Adolf Hitler came to power.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany.  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.  The note continued to be issued with the same date until after Germany's defeat in World War II.
 Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARK NOTE 1935 P182 AU-UNC. $16.00


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



WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY Restocked

German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM438
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-MILIT10 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $20.00
Item PM-DE-MILIT1 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 1 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00



NEWNAZI GERMAN 1943-44 WINTER RELIEF RATION COUPON

Nazi Germany 1943-44 Winter Relief (Winterhilfswerk) 1 Reichsmark Ration CouponThe Winterhilfswerk, or Winter Relief Fund was a major program run by the Nazi party in Germany to help those where were in need survive the harsh German winters.  Contributions to the fund were supposedly voluntary, however failure to contribute was not tolerated and could cause the loss of one's job or worse.  Direct donations to the needy were strongly discouraged.  Those in need were given coupons which could be spent on food, clothing, fuel, rent, gas or electricity during the winter.  The recipient would enter their name and address on the back of the coupon.  The upper right corner would be cut off when the merchant who received the coupon cashed it at a bank. This cancelled brown 1 Reichmark Winterhilfswerk coupon was issued for the winter of 1943-1944.  A summary of the regulations is on the front and a list of eligible items on the back.  It is a rarely seen World War II item from Nazi Germany.
Item PM-DE-RELIEF1 NAZI GERMANY 1 REICHSMARK WINTER RELIEF 1943-44 $20.00




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 

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 $8.00


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NEWBEAUTIFUL BANKNOTES OF GERMAN OCCUPIED SERBIA

Serbia 500 Dinara banknote 1941 P27Serbia 500 Dinara banknote 1942 P31 Serbia 1000 Dinara banknote 1942 P32
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. The500 Dinar dated November 11, 1941 depicts a woman with gold coin jewelry on the front and a bricklayer on the back. Th3 500 Dinar dated May 1, 1942 features the Serbian arms and a bare chested man sowing seads on the front.  The back depicts a bare chested man harvesting wheat with a sythe.  The notes have the watermark of King Alexander I.  The front of 1000 Dinar dated May 1, 1942 depicts a blacksmith  with a hammer and anvil on the left.  On the right is a woman in a native costume spinning yarn.  The Serbian arms are at the center.   The basck includes a woman in a fancy costume with a hoe, holding a basket with a lamb and ewe.  To the right is a man sowing seeds.    They are impressive, large size, colorful notes from a time when Serbia was under Nazi domination.
Item PM-RS-500D-41 NAZI SERBIA 500 DINARA BANKNOTE 1941 P27 F-VF $5.00
Item PM-RS-500D-42 NAZI SERBIA 500 DINARA BANKNOTE 1941 P31 VF $8.00
Item PM-RS-1000D NAZI SERBIA 1000 DINARA BANKNOTE 1942 P32 F-VF $12.00




NEWWWII 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
 

COIN OF THE NAZI PUPPET STATE OF BOHEMIA & MORAVIA  Restocked

Bohemia & Moravia 1 Korun zinc 1941-44The Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, incorporating part of it into Germany.  In the western portion of what remained they created a puppet state called the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. From Bohemia and Moravia we offer the zinc 1 Korun coin was struck from 1941 until 1944.  One side depicts the Bohemian lion.  The other has Linden branches, the date and the denomination.  
Item BOH-1K BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1 KORUN COIN, KM4 VF $6.00



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 Denver in 1970.  
Item YU-10D38 YUGOSLAVIA 10 DINARA 1938 KM22 XF-AU $3.50


WORLD WAR II COINS OF VICHY FRANCE  RestockedVichy France 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs

Vichy France also known as “Etat Francais” (French State) was the collaborationist government set up by the Germans after France was defeated 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 aluminum 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Francs of Vichy 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 $4.75



WORLD WAR II ERA COINS OF MONACO

Monaco 1 & 2 Francs coins (1945) KM120a & KM121aThese aluminum-bronze 1 and 2 Franc coin of Monaco were struck at the Paris Mint in 1945 shortly after the Paris was liberated from the Nazis. Unlike most modern coins, they do not have a date.  Both coins have similar designs with Prince Louis II on the obverse and the Monaco arms on the reverse. Unlike most coin portraits, Louis is wearing glasses.  Louis was raised in Germany and served with distinction in the French Foreign Legion and the French Army.  At the start of World War II he attempted to use his connections with France and Germany to keep Monaco out of the war, however in November 1942 the Italian Army invaded Monaco and set up a Fascist government.  Following Mussolini’s collapse, the Germans occupied Monaco.  Allied troops liberated the country in September 1944, though by then the country was in shambles.
Item MC-1F MONACO 1 FRANC (1945) KM120a XF $3.00
Item MC-2F MONACO 2 FRANCS (1945) KM121a XF $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

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WORLD WAR II COINS OF THE VATICAN

Vatican 50 Centesimi 1941 KM25aVatican 1 Lira 1941 KM26a               
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 obverses of the 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 & KM26a AU-UNC. $19.50





1938 CHINESE WAR BONDS DEPICTS AIR AND SEA BATTLES

Kwangtung, China $10 1938 Defense bond with coupons
Vignette of naval battle on 1938 Kwangtung, China Defense bondVignette of air battle on 1938 Kwangtung, China Defense bond
These 1938 Chinese War bonds include two wonderful vignettes.  One showing an aerial dogfight, the other depicting costal gun emplacements blasting ships offshore.  The bonds were 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 bonds were issued in low denominations in order to allow most Chinese to purchase them.  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 bonds measure approximately 10.5"x12.5" (26x31.5cm)      The 5 Dollar bonds are blue, the 10 Dollar bonds are brown.  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
Item BND-CN39-$10 KWANGTUNG CHINA, 1938 $10 DEFENSE BOND, XF $49.95
Item BND-CN39-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE CHINESE DEFENSE BONDS $79.95


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


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 BANKNOTE OF THE BANK OF CHINA

Bank of China 10 Yuan banknote 1940, P85
In 1937 Japan invaded China,  forcing the Chinese government and The Bank of China to retreat to the remote city of Chungking (now Chongqing). From there the Bank of China issued this  red 10 Yuan note.  Sun Yat Sen is on the front and the Temple of Heaven is on the back of all the notes.  The notes were printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York. The notes were among the last released by the Bank of China for the Republic of China, which ceased to issue notes for China in 1942.
Item PM-CN-BOC10Y BANK OF CHINA 10 YUAN NOTE, 1940 P85 VF-XF $4.00


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 notes 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. Anyone caught using the Japanese invasion money was severely punished. 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 a set of 24 different World War II Philippine Guerilla notes.  The notes grade Very Good to Very Fine.  These notes are a historic vestige of the brave Filipinos who fought against the Japanese in World War II.
Item PM-PH-GUER24 24 DIFFERENT WORLD WAR II PHILIPPINE GUERILLA NOTES VG-VF $49.50



LAST COIN OF THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES WAS STRUCK IN PHILADELPHIA

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



NewWWII 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 was made of Tombac and depicted  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 $2.00
Item CA-5C-43 CANADA 5 CENTS 1943 KM40 VICTORY, XF-AU $2.50



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



NEWWORLD 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



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 OUT
 Item US-SMALLIKE UNITED STATES 1 DOLLAR 2015-P PRESIDENT EISENHOWER UNC-nicks $3.00



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



NewWORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM ASCENSION ISLAND

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



SAIPAN HONORS WORLD WAR II BATTLE

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






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