View Full Version : Japan WWII currency?

09-22-2012, 11:14 AM
anybody know what these are?




09-22-2012, 12:55 PM
Hi Jim-

I looked on ebay and this seller had these two notes : http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-WWII-Era-Japanese-50-Yen-Currency-Paper-Money-1938-Rare-/150906683172?pt=Paper_Money&hash=item2322bd3f24

They look like a couple you have. Seller describes as 1938.... other than that, not sure. Cool paper money though.

Sincerely, Clayton

Jeff Alcorn
09-23-2012, 01:53 AM

I can help a little bit. In the top scan there are three 50 yen notes on the left. On the top note, with the picture of Mt. Fuji and the red #933, you can see a verticle line of print in white along the left border. From top to bottom, the first 2 kanji make up the word Showa, which is the name for the reign of Hirohito as emperor. The next symbol that looks like a cross or a t stands for 10. Finally you have 3 lines that make up the number 3, and the final symbol refers to a year. So the translation is the 13th year in the reign of Hirohito. He became emperor in 1925, so the bill is from 1938.

In the other 2 bills you can see the same pattern repeated directly under the bird's tail on the right. The only difference is that after the 10, the next symbol is a 7 so the bills are from the 17th year of Hirohito- 1942. I can't see any year on the the other 4 notes, so I hope this little bit of information helps.


09-23-2012, 08:39 AM
Outstanding investigative work/help!