Japanese government-issued rupee in Burma

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Japanese government-issued rupee in Burma
BUR-16-Japanese occupation Burma-10 rupees (1942-44).jpg
10 Rupee Japanese occupation note (1942-44)
Central bank Japanese government
User(s) Flag of Myanmar.svg Burma
Subunit
 1/100 Cent
Plural rupees
Cent cents
Banknotes 1 Rupee, 5 Rupees, 10 Rupees, 100 Rupees
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

The Japanese invaded Burma in January 1942. They conquered Mandalay on 21 May 1942, forcing the British to retreat into India. The Japanese held Burma until the second Allied campaign of 1944, although an official surrender did not take place until August 1945. In 1942 the Japanese issued paper scrip currency of 1, 5 and 10 cents and ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 Rupees.

In 1943, the Japanese commuted the sentence of Dr. Ba Maw, an outspoken advocate for Burmese self-rule, and installed him as the head of the puppet government. From 1943 onward the Japanese issued paper scrip currency of 1, 5 and 10 Rupee with a 100 Rupee note in 1944. The Japanese characters in the oblong box at the bottom of each note read “Government of Great Imperial Japan” and the contents of the seal at the lower right of the comprise the Japanese symbol for the Minister of Finance.

Before the Japanese invaded, Burma had the Indian rupee since the British conquered it in 1889.

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1942[edit]

In 1942 the Japanese issued paper scrip currency of 1, 5 and 10 cents and ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 Rupees.

First Series
Image Value Main Color Descripion Date of issue
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
[[File:|99px|1 cent obverse]] [[File:|99px|1 cent reverse]] 1 cent 1942
[[File:|99px|5 cents obverse]] [[File:|99px|5 cents reverse]] 5 cents 1942
[[File:|99px|10 cents obverse]] [[File:|99px|10 cents reverse]] 10 cents 1942
[[File:|99px|¼ rupee obverse]] [[File:|99px|¼ rupee reverse]] ¼ rupee 1942
[[File:|99px|½ rupees obverse]] [[File:|99px|½ rupees reverse]] ½ rupees 1942
[[File:|99px|1 rupee obverse]] [[File:|99px|1 rupee reverse]] 1 rupee 1942
[[File:|99px|5 rupees obverse]] [[File:|99px|5 rupees reverse]] 5 rupees 1942
[[File:|99px|10 rupee obverse]] [[File:|99px|10 rupee reverse]] 10 rupees 1942

1943-45[edit]

From 1943 onward the Japanese issued paper scrip currency of 1, 5 and 10 Rupee, with a 100 Rupee note in 1944.

Second Series
Image Value Main Color Description Date of issue
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
1 rupee obverse 1 rupee reverse 1 rupee Green Thatbinnyu Temple Area Ornate pattern and number 1 1943–1945
5 rupee obverse 5 rupee reverse 5 rupees Grey Thatbinnyu Temple Area Ornate pattern and number 5 1943–1945
[[File:|99px|10 rupee obverse]] [[File:|99px|10 rupee reverse]] 10 rupees Thatbinnyu Temple Area Ornate pattern and number 10 1943–1945
100 rupee obverse 100 rupee reverse 100 rupees Green Thatbinnyu Temple Area Ornate pattern and number 100 1944–1945

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