The Commonwealth Bank and the Note Issue: 1920–1960
World War II
Occupation Currency Notes
Not all notes intended for issue in Australia were produced here. During World War II the Japanese Government printed currency notes, some denominated in the Australian pound, for use in Pacific countries intended for occupation.
These half and one shilling notes are typical of the occupation currency used in captured parts of Papua New Guinea during the War.
Conversely, yen-denominated currency notes were designed by the Allies as an occupation currency in Japan.