$5 1934A WWII Emergency Currency for North Africa

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by kanga, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Yea, it finally arrived.
    Not the seller's fault.
    Looks like the USPS misplaced it for a few days.

    I think the XF-40 is mostly because the note has overall toning.
    But it's good enough for me.

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  3. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    As a (former) History teacher, I would have loved to use that in a lesson for my kids!
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  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

  5. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I like it. I think the WWII [Emergency] issues were pretty cool.
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  6. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I'm a former science teacher.
    I'd have to find something else to use in the classroom :wacky:
  7. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    There are plenty of banknotes for science teachers:



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  8. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    A science teacher could incorporate this note into a scientific lesson with ease: examples include explaining how the "paper" was made and from what, how the blue, green, and orange inks were formed from mixing other colors, how the designs were imprinted from intaglio plates (this ties into physics- rate, motion, and velocity), how microscopes may have been used in the plate engraving process, etc. in conjunction with explaining the note's historic significance.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2020
  9. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I taught Earth Science to 9th graders.
    So I had to be a "Jack of all trades; master of none" type.
  10. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Very nice thanks for posting it.
  11. Bruce Haffner

    Bruce Haffner New Member

    I must be missing something. How can it be a WWII issue when the WWII did not start for the US until 1941. And what does the North Africa have to do with it?
  12. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    Just like with the Hawaii issues, the US government was worried that the Germans could potentially capture the American money supply in N. Africa. The yellow seal would effectively cancel it if it fell into the wrong hands.
    And for your earlier question- Series 1934A notes were printed well into the 1940s. This note has W.A Julian and Henry Morgenthau signatures (Julian was U.S treasurer until 1949, and Morgenthau served as treasury secretary until 1945).
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You said it yourself. The US did not enter in WWII until late 1941. But what about the US interest in other countries? They were already under attack. Germany occupied 1/3 of Africa, half of Russia and almost all of Europe. The US had to protect its money supply so specific issues for specific areas came about, well before 1941.
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  14. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    No. The US began printing the Hawaii notes in January 1942. The yellow seals were first printed in the summer of 1942. They are called North Africa notes because they were first used during the invasion of North Africa. They were also used for the invasion of Italy.
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  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I'm just saying that this type of currency was in planning before the US entered the war.
  16. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    I have reviewed the records of the BEP as well as the journals of Secretary Morgenthau. There is no indication that either the Hawaii notes or the yellow seals were planned pre-war.
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  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    So in a little over one month from the Pearl Harbor attack which brought the US in to WWII, Congress voted on the money change, it was designed and printed?
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  18. George McClellan

    George McClellan Active Member

    Issued June 25, 1942...
    search Wikipedia "Hawaii overprint note"
    ...on January 10, 1942, Military Governor Delos Carleton Emmons issued an order to recall all regular US currency in the islands, save for set caps on how much money both individuals ($200) and businesses ($500; save extra currency for payroll purposes) could possess at any time.
    "Symbols of the United States Department of the Treasury"
  19. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Very nice Note. I would of graded it higher though . I own a $10 that's been in my family since the 1940's .I still love showing it to people who aren't collectors and watching their reaction.
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