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Selling 1940 Japanese Government money.. assorted denomination! ihave 1300 pcs.

Updated on May 4, 2010

Philippine Peso During World War II

1940s Japanese Government Money

The height of World War II, Filipinos were experiencing difficulties on their country's monetary system. When the Japanese took over the country, currency under the Commonwealth Government was useless to the Japanese. The Japanese Issued Fiat Currency as the standard currency for Filipinos and as a sign that Filipinos are now under ruled by new regime.

During World War II, the Japanese issued Military Gumpyo Pesos (PHJ) at par with the Philippine Peso which continued to circulate; however, Philippine forces had withdrawn into the jungle, and issued their own Guerrilla Pesos (PHG), redeemable in paper Pesos after the war was over. The Japanese made use of the Guerrilla Pesos punishable by death, but since this would have led to the collapse of the Philippine economy, local Japanese authorities acquiesced and often allowed the Guerrilla Pesos to circulate. During the war, the Japanese Military peso depreciated relative to the Commonwealth Peso with the conversion rate declining from 1.25 PHJ = 1 PHP by May 15, 1943 to 1.44:1 in June 1943, 20:1 in July 1944 and 120:1 in January 1945. The Ballantyne Scale was adopted by the Congress of the Philippines in 1945 to calculate these conversion rates.

After World War II, the Philippines gained its independence and adopted the Peso after gaining independence. The Piso replaced the Peso in 1962, and is divisible into 100 Sentimos (Centavos).

The occupying Japanese government issued fiat currency in several denominations known as Japanese government-issued Philippine fiat peso. The Japanese-sponsored Second Philippine Republic under Jose P. Laurel outlawed possession of guerrilla currency and declared a monopoly on the issuance of money and anyone found to possess guerrilla notes could be arrested.

Due to the fiat nature of the currency, the Philippine economy felt the effects of hyperinflation. The Filipinos called the fiat peso, "Mickey Mouse" money, due to the fact that it was similar to play money and next to worthless. Many survivors of the war tell stories of going to the market laden with suitcases or "bayong" (native bags made of woven bamboo strips) overflowing with the Japanese-issued bills. 75Mickey Mouse pesos, or about 35 U.S. dollars at that time, could buy one duck egg. In 1944, a box of matches cost more than 100 Mickey Mouse pesos

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      arthur 2 years ago

      I have 100 pesos bill 2pcs how much is the price 09276619457

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      morris 2 years ago

      i have 100peso much is the price?09497944521

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      arvin 2 years ago

      100 pesos japanese money for sale 09261631983

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      roderick 3 years ago

      Me ron din ako Japanese government money magkano yung 100 ....09216940402

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      arken amb 3 years ago

      magkano ang plitan 100 pesos japanes govermennt? pls. contanc 0916 7352 622 or 0928 4500 585

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      jowi 4 years ago

      I also have 100 peso j.g. just contact me 09332581916.

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      may flor 4 years ago

      i also have... u r free 2 contact me in my cp # 0948-3157-156.

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      lorna 4 years ago

      092o8777979 number ko just tx me,i also have some

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      lorna 4 years ago

      ako meron din magkano bilihan nyo?

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      roderic villamor 4 years ago

      i have 10 pesos the japanese government money if you are interested just contact my number 09436161238

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      william 5 years ago

      hola Paulo. are you still interested on purchasing world war II japanese peso bills? thanks

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      Paulo Guilherme 5 years ago

      sou coleccionador de notas e de moedas , gostava de fazer intercâmbios de trocas e prováveis compras . se alguem lhes interessar fica aqui o meu mail :

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      i have some of these.....can we sell it?

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      Author 7 years ago

      i have 1300 pcs. assorted.. pls. contact me by my email: