Japan, Non-Metal WWII Coin - 1944
Japan, Non-Metal WWII Coin - 1944
Japan, Non-Metal WWII Coin - 1944
Japan, Non-Metal WWII Coin - 1944

Japan, Non-Metal WWII Coin


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Includes info cards and Certificate of Authenticity.

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Origin: These Japanese coins produced during late stages of the occupation of Manchuria (northern China) have quite a rare trait—they contained absolutely no metal at all.

By 1944, Japanese metal shortages were so severe that producing even cheaply made aluminum coins became a challenge. This was a particular issue in the puppet state of Manchukuo, otherwise known as the Empire of Manchuria in what is now northern China.

In response, the occupying Japanese forces came up with the novel solution of phasing out metal altogether. These 5 fen and 1 fen coins are made of a red fibrous material similar in weight to cardboard, though they are magnesite-based and very durable. The coins circulated in Manchukuo until the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the subsequent surrender of Imperial Japan, marking the end of the war and the return of Manchuria to China.

The 5 fen coins may be bought individually or purchased alongside a separately displayed 1 fen coin for a small additional fee. Each coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is guaranteed authentic.

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The Japanese Empire at its greatest extent. Manchuria is shown in red in the top left.
The Japanese Empire at its greatest extent. Manchuria is shown in red in the top left.

The Japanese Empire at its greatest extent in 1942. Manchuria is shown in red in the top left.

Your order will include:

  • 5 fen coin circulated in the Empire of Manchuria, 1944 - 1945
  • 1 fen coin displayed separately, if purchased
  • Glass top leather display box
  • Detail card with relevant information about the relic
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.

Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.

While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.

History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.

No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.

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