World War II era-paper money 2×4″ that says The Japanese Government, Ten Pesos?

Question by La Cicada: World War II era-paper money 2×4″ that says The Japanese Government, Ten Pesos?
We inherited a collection of bills from the WWII era , does anyone know what these bills were for?Some are 2 6/8″ X6 1/4″. Why would they be in english, but say Japanese Govt, then partly in spanish?
Wow! That’s so interesting.I’ve also got Marks, Francs, Lire, Krona?Anyone know of a website or book on history of these?

Best answer:

Answer by John B
They are from the Philippines. I have some of the same kind of money. While the traditional language of the Philippines is Tagalog, they were under Spanish control for a century or longer until the Spanish-American War (hence the Spanish and the use of a peso), when the USA took over the Philippines for three decades, adding the English component, until the Japanese took over. Hence the mixture.

It’s a great piece of history, it doesn’t have that massive amount of value to it the last time I checked, but it’s great to show the grandchildren and tell a story of history and war.

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2 comments to World War II era-paper money 2×4″ that says The Japanese Government, Ten Pesos?

  • Ray

    Those were most likely Japanese occupation script used in The Philippines. My dad brought back a ton of those bills when he returned home after WWII. I doubt they are worth much since a lot of returning GIs brought them back.

  • tham153

    These bills were issued by the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands, Dec 1941 to early 1945, when MacArthur led the US troops back in the liberation. The bills were generally referred to as Mickey Mouse money, at least by the troops. My uncle brought back a batch of samples, and I played with it until it fell apart.

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