Hawaiian War Money

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An evening pause: History is filled with little tidbits that are quickly forgotten, but fascinating in context nonetheless.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.



  • wayne

    Good stuff!

    One thing not mentioned in the video— the $1 overprint note was made from stocks of the 1935A Series of Silver Certificates; “One dollar in Silver Payable to the Bearer on Demand.” The $5, $10, and $20 Notes were overprinted from the 1934A Series of ‘regular’ Federal Reserve Notes.
    For large images.

    There also exist Hawaii overprints with the word “Hawaii” inverted (upside down) on the back, as well as with upside down seal and serial number.

    (Personally– I have a nice accumulation of Standing Liberty quarters, Walking Liberty halves, and Peace Dollars.)

  • wayne

    slight correct to my previous comment-
    the Hawaii overprint’s also include the $5 silver certificate as well as Federal Reserve notes.

    Can’t find an image quickly–
    “Emergency” US currency was also in use in North Africa during WW-2; soldiers were paid in cash and I believe the Notes were distinguished by a yellow overprint of the treasury seal.

    Q: Any ex-military in the audience who were ever paid in Military Script, whilst overseas??

  • wayne

    here we go….


    (1934 series) $10 Silver certificate with overprinted yellow seal and blue serial-number. Used in North Africa in WW-2.

  • Col Beausabre

    Q: Any ex-military in the audience who were ever paid in Military Script, whilst overseas??

    Sure was, we called it “MPC’s” or “Monopoly Money” in Viet Nam, supposed to cut down black marketeering


  • Rich Cregar

    The images of FDR remind me to recommend to one and all to put a visit to Hyde Park on your bucket list. In many areas, FDR’s socio/economic policies have been proven wrong over time. But his record as a strategic leader in war is amazing.
    I consider myself pretty hard headed but if I could ever say that a place is haunted, it is Hyde Park. (Gettysburg too, of course, but it’s different) Just an overwhelming sense that FDR is “present”. I’m interested in learning if anyone else has been there & felt it?

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