Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States recalled all paper currency in the state of Hawaii. In its place, the Federal Reserve printed emergency Hawaii notes out of fear of a Japanese takeover of the state. If such an event did occur, the US would immediately be able to declare these emergency notes null and void. Today, 1934a $5 Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes are available to you in Very Fine condition online at Silver.com.
- Delivered inside a plastic currency sleeve!
- Exclusive emergency release Hawaii Federal Reserve Notes!
- Unique brown ink on Treasury seal and serial numbers!
- Arrives in Very Fine condition!
- Hawaii overprinting on front and back.
- Issued a face value of $5 (USD) from the US government.
- The obverse shows a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
- On the reverse side is a rendering of the Lincoln Memorial.
Each of these $5 Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes will arrive in Very Fine condition. Upon observation, you may see slight soiling and fold marks on the surface. Each note contains the signature of Treasurer William Alexander Julian and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau and is part of the 1934a series. When they arrive, you will find these notes housed in protective plastic currency sleeves.
On the obverse of these Federal Reserve Hawaii Notes, you’ll see a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. To the left and right of the portrait, the serial number is printed in special brown ink. This ink is also used for the Treasury seal on the right side. The word Hawaii is overprinted vertically on the edges of the note.
The reverse side of 1934a $5 Hawaii Notes features a rendition of the Lincoln Memorial. This image was established when the small-size $5 notes were introduced in 1928 and is still used today. The words The United States of America and Five Dollars are found on the reverse, as well as the overprinting of Hawaii in large capital letters.
As the US was preparing the emergency Hawaii notes, all other paper currency in the state was recalled. The stockpile totaled an estimated 200 million dollars. Given the logistical challenge of transporting the cash back to the mainland, the government decided to burn it in a crematorium. Special mesh coverings were placed over the chimneys to prevent any of the notes escaping and ensure their total destruction. To speed up the process, the US also enlisted the help of the Aiea sugar mill and its furnaces to help burn the notes.
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