Military notes

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  1. Mike185

    Mike185 Active Member

    Does anybody have any info on these?? Where they are from and used for?? Maybe even value (if any)

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  3. furryfrog02

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  4. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    These are US military payment certificates. They were used by US military personnel overseas to segregate the US dollar from the local economy and curb blackmarketing.

    value of those two notes in that condition is a buck or two each.
  5. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    You have low series of 531 and 661. They were used in combat times.
  6. ken454

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  7. lettow

    lettow Senior Member

    Five series were used during combat time. Four were used in Vietnam (641, 661, 681 and 692) and one in Korea (481). All the other series (461, 471, 472, 521, 541, 591, 611, 651) were issued in areas without combat operations.
  8. trussell

    trussell Active Member

    Look very familiar. Spent lots of them at the PX for beer etc.
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  9. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I was too young to buy beer with them. My dad was career Army, and was stationed in Paris in 1957 to 1960 during which the European command decided to get rid of the MPCs in use in Germany and France. The latter purple one was representative of what was in use then, but I imagine that one of the links referred to above might offer precise dates when this occurred.

    I've mentioned before that dealers in the Stamp Market were eager to give me good deals on stamps that interested me when I had both American coins and Greenbacks to use. This would indicate to me that the switch to actual U.S. currency came shortly after our arrival in France.
  10. trussell

    trussell Active Member

    While I was in VN they switched MPCs. We had a limited time to exchange what we had before it was worthless. One guy I knew had a bunch stashed when he was assigned off base. When he came back his MPC was trash and he was pissed. It was probably gotten through black market cigarettes anyhow.
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  11. Redleg21

    Redleg21 New Member

    I saved some when I was in Korea and Vietnam, I also have some others I picked up along the way from WW II era.
    MPC Series 611 Back.jpg MPC Series 611 Front.jpg MPC Series 681 Back.jpg MPC Series 681 Front.jpg
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  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    I've got a few also. There are probably thousands of these roaming around.

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  13. Mike185

    Mike185 Active Member

    Wow!! Y’all are old!!! Lol. Just kidding! I think it interesting.. so if you brought them back to the us where you able to exchange for us money ?
  14. Redleg21

    Redleg21 New Member

    Once you left you could not exchange them. I just kept a set as a souvenir.
  15. Mike185

    Mike185 Active Member

    Thank you all for your service!!!
  16. techwriter

    techwriter Well-Known Member

    Full disclosure: U.S. Air Force 1965-1969 (no deployments); not an MPC collector per se;
    However, these are Vietnam era issues and I do search for bargains regardless of
    type or series.
    MPC_641_$5_J04162869J_face.jpg MPC_641_25Cents_J06237497J_face.jpg MPC_641_10Cents_J07298685J_face.jpg MPC_641_5Cents_J08187571J_face.jpg MPC_661_50Cents_B02465780B_face.jpg
    ===== and this one was purchased raw from dealer's bargain box for $1 ===
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  17. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    Great pick up ! a dollar raw is a good deal especially in 67, but you have
    to figure all your costs involved, fees plus postage, the best way to
    get something like this graded is at show, if your lucky to have one
    In your area that is :)

    My favorite set is probably the 681 followed closely by the 661 both
    Vietnam issues favor the 681 because it is the only issue to depict
    actual military service, ita a mind blower why there wasent more
    here,s a few of mine all number 1,S at PCGS, i have been collecting
    20 years plus so i have build up a very high quality set.


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