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Military Money

  • Australia issued special currency for use inside internment camps so that any one who escaped could not use it and it could not be used to bribe guards or civilians. This is 1 Internment Camp penny. (shown larger than true size)

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  • In WW2 the Japanese military issued special currency based on the existing currency in the occupied country or the country that it intended to occupy.
  • They were not however the first or the last military authority to issue it's own form of money.


Allied Military Currency issued in Italy.

  • Special coinage issued for the Jewish ghetto in 1942. This one is valued at 5 marks.
  • 1, 2, 5, 10 and 100 kronen notes printed for use in the concentration camps. 
  • Jewish currency , 1 - 100 Kronen (5 notes) , issued at the Theresienstadt Ghetto , Czechoslavakia and dated I January , 1943 .

One Pound Note as issued during World War Two to the British Armed Forces by command of the Army Council.

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