Type Set of Japanese Invasion Money in Circulated Condition
Housed in a Custom-Design Album With Interleaves
Clearly Categorized and Illustrated in Colour
A superb collection of these historic and highly collectible notes.
Japanese Invasion Money (JIM) is the currency that was issued by Japan to replace local currencies of areas they had occupied, defeated or had plans to, in World War II.
JIM was officially known by the Japanese as"Southern Development Bank Notes".
The main purpose of introducing the new currencies was to cripple the economies of those areas they invaded, as with the introduction of JIM, the domestic currency in circulation was rendered worthless.
Japanese troops strongly enforced the use of their new "mickey mouse" or "banana" money and harsh penalties (including death) were applied for people caught using non-JIM currency.
Japan's prime minister of the time, Matsuoka Yosuke, and the Japanese Government had a vision of a united Asian power lead by Japan.
This was to be known as"The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".
This concept, similar in theory to today's European Union, would be independent of the West and be a force lead by Japan for the greater prosperity of Asians.
Although Japan was promoting prosperity for all Asians, they still had a distinct "pecking order" within the nation's allies.
By the end of World War II, invasion monies were issued for:
- Burma (Myanmar);
- Malaya (Malaysia, Singapore);
- The Dutch East Indies / Netherlands Indies (Indonesia) and
- Oceania (British New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands and Australia).
Throughout WWII, JIM notes became souvenirs of returning soldiers who brought back captured notes to Australia and used these as proof of the intended invasion of Australia by Japanese forces.
Affordable, Complex, Historic and Interesting
JIM notes are an ideal area for the avid collector to become active in. They are a complex, historic and interesting series, the vast majority of them are very affordable. It is that very complexity that stops a lot of potentially-interested collectors from starting out.
This album and interleaves solve that problem once and for all - it clearly allocates each JIM note into a geographical area and into a chronological series.
Using this album, you can start with just collecting the notes that relate to one particular country or area, or you can work towards a complete type set collection that contains a note to represent each denomination and region.
For the collector that is a little more committed, you can add complexity by acquiring examples of certain/different prefixes, variations, propaganda notes, flyers and coins.
This album contains 31 notes - the majority of the 49 Japanese Invasion Money notes from World War II required to have a complete "type" set.
It represents the main denominations of notes produced for 5 regions:
- Dutch East Indies
The album and interleaves have been designed to guide support collectors in building a "type" set of these notes and is not intended to be an exhaustive representation of the many different variations and rarities that exist.
50 coloured dividing pages (interleaves) on firm card are included, along with a suitable number of archival-standard pages in clear Mylar to store the actual notes. The interleaves and Mylar pages are all housed in a Lighthouse Supreme album - worthy of the finest collection of JIM notes.
The notes we've included are in average, circulated condition.
More detailed information on collecting these fascinating notes can be found in the book"The Collector's Guide to Japanese Invasion Money", authored by Greg Hale.
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