WW 2 collection start up.

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Wizank, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. Wizank

    Wizank Well-Known Member

    Since the introduction of the 75th Anniversary collectable coins, my interest has been drawn to the WW 2 era coins in my World coin collection. I have been going through my notebooks of coins and pulling out the ones from 1939 to 1945 and have started a new notebook for this ongoing project. Would appreciate any suggestions as to how to organize such a collection - could it be by allies (axis vs allies) or by conflict areas (Europe, Africa, Asia, etc)? I would love to hear your ideas.
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  3. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    Consider organizing by composition; iron, zinc, aluminum, etc.
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  4. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    I organize mine by country. US has it's own binder and then I have a world coins binder where I divide pages by country (i.e. Australia, France, Germany).

    Then again I don't collect just by WWII era, so Axis vs Allies sounds like an interesting way to organize and in your case I'd probably go with that.
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  5. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    This sounds like a fun set. @Lehigh96 has a thread on his war time collection. I might have to start one myself.
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  6. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I'm not one to collect coins from the AXIS countries.. Germany, Italy, Japan. Did I miss one. For me, it's been far easier to collect only U.S. coins and currency. I only collect from 1942 to 1945. I've completed the easier ones for Cents, Nickels, and Dimes. All are certified by NGC and most are MS 66, with a few MS 65. Is there some type of holder for NGC slabs? I was thinking to do another set with PCGS Slabs. I'm working on quarters now for NGC. They are quite a bit pricier than Cents, Nickels, and Dimes, but its been a lot of fun.
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  7. CamaroDMD

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    I would organize by country. You also need to decide if you want to include occupation coinage (both during the war and after).
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  8. dlgilles

    dlgilles Member

    I have my collection organized as a timeline. Each country in the order that they became involved in the war.
    September 18, 1931 - Japan invades Manchuria.
    October 2, 1935–May 1936 - Fascist Italy invades, conquers, and annexes Ethiopia.
    It has been a fun way to learn about all of the various coinage from the many countries involved, and learn about the history of WWII. I may eventually add an information page about each country and their involvement in the war, but maybe not. As I go, it's definitely evolving. Any way you put you your collection together, it should be fun.
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  9. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Supporter! Supporter

    When it comes to the Japanese coins, if you want to start in 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria, you'll need the following coins. If you're not familiar with dating Japanese coins I've also included a brief explanatory guide.


    1 Sen 1927 - 1938
    1 Sen 1938 Crow
    1 Sen 1938 - 1940 Aluminum
    1 Sen 1941 - 1943 Mt. Fuji
    1 Sen 1944 - 1945 Tin
    5 Sen 1932
    5 Sen 1933 - 1937 Holed Bird, Nickel
    5 Sen 1938 - 1940 Holed Bird, Brass
    5 Sen 1940 - 1943 Dove
    5 Sen 1944 Tin
    10 Sen 1927 - 1932
    10 Sen 1933 - 1937
    10 Sen 1938 - 1940, Wave Pattern
    10 Sen 1940 - 1943, Cherry Blossom
    10 Sen 1944 Tin
    50 Sen 1928 - 1938, .500 silver
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2020
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  10. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title] Supporter

    I like that. That's a great way to do it.
  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Like YoloBagels I too have several U.S.A Binders and a very large 41/2" binder for foreign coins separated by country of origin. Works for me, thanks for the post.
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  12. offa the saxon

    offa the saxon Well-Known Member

    I have almost every occupation coin from Europe the hardest one to get is the elusive 1941 Croatia 1 kuna pattern in zinc
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  13. offa the saxon

    offa the saxon Well-Known Member

    And don’t forget the Faroe Islands which are in effect 1941 danish coins without the heart mint mark and were minted at the royal mint in London. Also the curacao wartime coins can be included which were minted by the US mint as Holland was occupied
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  14. whopper64

    whopper64 Well-Known Member

    I simply collect German and German occupation coins from WW1 and WW2 to add to my heritage collection for my daughter.
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  15. kaparthy

    kaparthy Supporter! Supporter

    I highly recommend The Second World Wars by Victor Davis Hanson.
    The premise is compelling. During the 1930s and into the 1940s, several different wars were fought by a dozen different belligerents. It was not until the summer of 1941 that the three Allied superpowers aligned against the three fascist aggressors. Note, of course, that among the Allies was the USSR, which had joined with Germany in attacking Poland, as well as carrying out a different war against Finland.

    See above. You might use a map showing theaters of conflict and belligerents. Mere "allied versus axis" would be limiting.

    Well, Russia was allied with Germany at first. Also after Russia changed sides, Finland was allied with Germany as were Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey with Yugoslavia split between anti-fascist Serbia and pro-fascist Croatia. That said, though, realize that at one point, Tito's partisans were willing to support Germany's defense against an Allied invasion at Dalmatia in order to keep Yugoslavia out of the Allied sphere and available for Russia later. Read about the Ustaše partisans then tell me who was fascist and who was something-else.

    This is in Hanson (see above), but my mother told me that USSR ships loaded up with USA war materials in Pacific ports and took them to Vladivostok to be transported to the front against Germany and Japan did not attack Russian-flagged ships because they had concluded a peace treaty in 1939. Russia was not at war with Japan. Axis? Allied?

    BTW The Soong Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave is just one source for the fact that Chiang kai Shek's air force was originally trained by Mussolini's air force. So a timeline map of WWII would put China in the Axis and make the Sino-Japanese conflict a peculiar event.

    Oh, France! Huh... you know that they sank their own fleet rather than let it fall into Allied hands. After D-Day French fascists were rounding up Jews for the Gestapo. France: Allied or Axis?
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2020
  16. dlgilles

    dlgilles Member

    Thanks for the advice. I don't have (and haven't shopped for) a 50 Sen, but have MOST of the others. Nor do I have a 5 Sen 1932, or the 10 Sen 27-32. I don't have many WWII era silver coinage.
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  17. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I lived in Germany from 1953 - 1957. I was 6-10 years old. I saw the destruction in Germany after the war. We were fortunate enough to have a maid to help my mother with 4 children. We returned to France in 1964-1965. We lived in a very small town. The French people were the rudest people I grew to know. A American friend was renting a small apartment from a French family. When the had a baby, they were ousted from their apartment because the baby cried. We boarded them with our family. I attended my senior year of high school in Verdun, staying in a dormitory. On the night of my graduation, we were forced to leave France because DeGaulle closed all American bases so they could remain neutral like Switzerland. Germany had completely renovated their country. France still looked like a battleground. Sadly, all of my European coins from 1930's to 1960's were thrown out with my ex-wife's love letters. I have only a few that my father left me.
    I can't wait to see collections from members. Thanks.
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  18. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Do you have any of the New WWII quarters with the W mint And privy marks yet. Please reply
  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Thanks. @Lehigh96 can you show a few. Toned nickels is my wish. Oh yeah show your favorite WWII ERA Coin
  20. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Iron? Coins?
  21. Wizank

    Wizank Well-Known Member

    Hi Cheech - Here in Maryland, I have not seen any of the 2020 W quarters with the privy mark. I know eventually some will manifest. I have all of the 2019 W's but really have only seen fewer than 25 quarters from 2020, and zero W's. That is why I am entered into your contest!!
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