After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US government recalled all paper currency in the event of an enemy takeover. In its place, special notes with a Hawaii overprint were issued that could be declared worthless of Japan seized control of the state. Today, these notes are considered collector’s items that serve as a valuable reminder of the event that propelled the US into World War II. Right now, 1934a $20 Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes are available to purchase online at Silver.com in Very Fine condition.
- Delivered in a protective plastic currency sleeve!
- Historic emergency issue Hawaii note!
- Special brown ink on the seal and serial numbers!
- Arrives in Very Fine condition!
- Issued a face value of $20 from the government of the United States.
- The obverse shows a portrait of President Andrew Jackson.
- On the reverse side is a vignette of the White House with a Hawaii overprint.
All $20 Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes in this listing are part of the 1934a series and feature the Julian-Morgenthau signatures. The series does not reflect when the note was printed, but rather when its design was agreed upon. Each of these notes is in Very Fine condition, which means there will be signs of circulation, including light soiling and folds. Included with your purchase is a protective plastic currency sleeve.
When the US government recalled all of its standard currency in Hawaii, they were left with a stockpile of over $200 million. Because it would be quite difficult to transport the currency back to the mainland, government officials decided to burn it in a crematorium. All of this currency was then replaced by emergency Hawaii notes in $1, $5, $10, and $20 denominations. When the war ended, these notes too were recalled. However, a small portion has survived to this day thanks to the service members who chose to keep some as souvenirs.
A portrait of Andrew Jackson is found on the obverse of these 1934a Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes. Jackson, nicknamed Old Hickory, was a general and the 7th President of the US from 1829 to 1837. The note’s serial number is listed twice in brown lettering. Also shown is the brown seal and the word Hawaii on both ends of the note.
The White House is depicted on the reverse side of 1934a $20 Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes. This vignette was adopted in 1928, and a version of it is still used on modern currency. Notations on the reverse include The United States of America, Twenty Dollars. However, the standout detail is the overprint of the word Hawaii across the entire image of the White House.
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