20 Yen US Military Currency - B-Note


Country Japan
Type Standard banknote
Year 1945
Value 20 Yen (20 JPY)
Currency Yen (1871-date)
Composition Paper
Size 155 × 66 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 05-15-1958
References P# 73,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
JNDA# 14-10
Japan Numismatic Dealers Association (editor); 2017. 日本貨幣カタログ = The Catalog of Japanese Currency. Self-published, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9784930810212.


Black on light blue underprint and magenta text, large B in underprint.

拾貳      軍票
 SERIES 100   B     20
(serial number) 圓 拾 貳
          YEN   (serial number)
         B   SERIES 100
20           拾貳

20 Military currency
20 yen


Brown. Big ornament.



Translation: Issued pursuant to military proclamation


Initially printed in the U.S.A., subsequently printed in Japan.
Notes with B underprint were legal tender for Japanese citizens from September 1945 until July 1948.
B yen were used in Okinawa until 1958.

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ND (1945)  100%
ND (1945)  0% H-prefix; replacement note

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