WWII Duty in the Pacific
1935 Series A Hawaii Overprint
Silver Certificate Dollar
|As a result of the
bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941, the government decided to outlaw
the possession of more than $200 cash for citizens in Hawaii. The government announced that "New
Money" would be printed for Hawaii shortly. In
July of 1942 money was printed bearing the imprint "Hawaii"
on the front and a large overprint of "Hawaii" on the back
of the bills. This was the only legal tender in the territory
of Hawaii. Over 2 million dollars in old money was
taken to the Aiea sugar mill and burned.
The new currency with the overprint was referred to as "Emergency
Issue" and was issued in $1, $5, $10 and $20 denominations. Any
serviceman or citizen entering Hawaii had to convert to the new money upon
arrival, and reconvert upon leaving.
|In case of a complete invasion by Japan,
they would not be able to spend the captured currency. It could be
deemed worthless. A similar note was issued for Military use in Europe and North Africa with the addition of a
yellow treasury seal as an identifier.