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Meaning of over printing on 1930-1 Japanese yen notes  
 

 
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 Posted 01/09/2017  8:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add phrenzy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Picked the up in a folder at auction with everything from stamps to assignats, but I collect Japanese Meiji coins so the yen stood out.

None of the notes I looked up had the over printing though, is this a post war thing? A re-denomination? I'd be very great full for any info...



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 Posted 01/10/2017  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are Japanese Military Yen used in Hong Kong.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  3:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add paxbrit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These Japanese Army notes were also overprinted in English by the British in Hong Kong in late 1945, until new notes could be printed and furnished to the Colony. Chinese and regular Japanese notes were also used.

There is one Chinese note that was overprinted in December 1941 for emergency use, just two weeks before Hong Kong fell to the Japanese.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twinkinator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few of those notes as well and found little help in catalogs. I showed them to an elderly Japanese couple and family friend, and they said the 4 large red characters are something about "for military use only" as paxbrit said, but I wasn't aware of where they were issued for. Thanks for the info, paxbrit!
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 Posted 01/12/2017  06:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add phrenzy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! I'm keeping them, but the 100 yen it doesn't quite fit the holder, are these with enough with the over printing to warrant main a special trip to get a larger holder for it?

I have a couple other over printed notes I'd be curious about amongst German notgeld and east African Bush money (also a little chillingly some mint Dutch concentration camp script).

I should compile it all into one thread, my main concern is how well I should protect it and if it's something rare enough to give some special attention.

Over prints and emergency issues are a bit of an interest to me as a history student. I'm still a coin guy but every time I see a hyperinflation note for a few dollars or revolutionary roubles at a couple dollars a piece I can't help myself.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  5:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twinkinator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've never seen the 100 yen, but I think I have the 5 and 10 yen. I'm not sure of the value, but I would just ask your local store to let you know if they find a large enough holder. I recently picked up a few 2 pocket pages for some larger German and Russian notes, so that could be another option.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add augsburger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm learning Chinese and the first character on the top left is "hand" and the last one on the bottom right is "use" of the last note. I looked up the bottom left and it's "ticket". And the other is "Armed forces".

So, you have ticket hand use armed forces. Gotta love the grammar.
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