The Collector’s Guide to Japanese Invasion Money Book
Softcover in full colour, 211 pages
This book is an essential guide for this historic and fascinating series.
I believe this is one of the finest books published on any Australian numismatic subject in the past decade at least - it has clearly been thoroughly researched, the information is superbly presented, and the series is rich in social history. The author has paid keen attention to the technical information included in it, and clearly has a passion for the subject.
Japanese Invasion Money (JIM) is the term used to describe the currency notes printed by the Japanese Military Authority during World War II, for use in the countries in South East Asia and the Pacific that it invaded over the course of the war.
It has long been a keenly collected series by a devout few, and is rich in social history. The availability of JIM notes ranges very widely - the cheapest can be worth a few cents apiece, while the rarest items can be worth thousands of dollars IF you're able to spot one.
I'd suggest that while many Australian note collectors would have a passing interest in these notes at least, they would have been put off due to the opaque nature of the series - it hasn't been clear how many different notes were printed, how many different varieties of each note exist, and how rare the notes are. I believe this book will answer many of those questions, and that demand for the notes will increase significantly as a result, even if only on a social level.
Before this book was published, I believe it's fair to say that information on JIM notes has been published piece-meal, with many little bits of information spread across a wide range of disparate sources.
JIM covers several countries and collectors markets, and while certain numismatic authors may have covered the JIM notes printed for use in their own country, to date there hasn't been one single book that covers each area of JIM in deep detail.
This book addresses each of those factors, and I believe the market will respond accordingly.
If you have any interest at all in Australian numismatics, I strongly suggest you get a copy of this book.
JIM notes are an affordable and historic series - they're perfect for the collector working to a budget, as well as the collector keen to sink their teeth into a set that is going to challenge their grey matter and detective skills.
This fantastic book will make an excellent companion.
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