A genuine piece of World War II history, with this 7-notes and 5-stamps set.
On 8 December 1942 (the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the Japanese side of the date line), a 50 sen note with distinct patriotic themes was issued by the government (not the Bank of Japan).
- 5 yens. Japan occupation issue
Known as the Japanese Military Yen, it was initially issued to pay the salary of Japanese soldiers. From 1938, during the Japanese occupation in parts of China and Hong Kong, the local population was forced to use it as the official currency. After the war it lost all its value. In June 1999, a Japanese court rejected a claim demanding the redemption of Japanese military yens.
Second issue of "Japanese occupation money" in the Philippines. Interestingly it depicts the monument of the nation’s politician and writer José Rizal as the main motif.
- 1 peso, Philippine Guerrilla.
A rare note issued, interestingly, by the Philippine guerrilla. In an effort to end its circulation on the island the Japanese government introduced the death penalty for mere possession.
Issued for use in Burma, it belongs to what is known as ‘Japanese Invasion Money’ (JIM). As they invaded territories, the Japanese issued this type of currency in Burma (now Myanmar), Malaya (Malaysia and Singapore), the Dutch East Indies, Oceania, and the Philippines
- 10 dollars. 1943. Malaya.
Interestingly, the Japanese were able to issue dollars during the invasion, though they were Malay dollars.
- 10 roepiah. 1944. Netherlands East Indies.
The Dai Nippon Teikoku Seihu (Imperial Japanese Gobernment) issues were printed after the occupation was well established.
A complete issue which replaced normal stamps in an effort to raise awareness of the then threat to national security. The image depicts a 90mm anti-aircraft battery and the Statue of Liberty, which in turn helped raise awareness of the need to strengthen national security.
This stamp belongs to a set issued to commemorate American independence, symbolising the courage of the nation at war and its commitment to victory. The central image is a reproduction of the American eagle with its wings forming a large V, symbolising victory. In the central curved plaque is the inscription "WIN THE WAR".
After the famous picture of Joe Rosenthal, the public demanded a stamp commemorating the Flag rising on Mt. Suribachi. “No living person(s) can appear on a US stamp,” replied the US Post Office. But the public demand was so great that Congress pushed for the stamp. Five months after the Flag-Raising, on the day of issue, people stood patiently in lines stretching for city blocks on a sweltering July day in 1945 for a chance to buy the beloved stamp.