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During World War II, the United States issued emergency $1 Silver Certificates for use only in Hawaii and U.S. territories in the Pacific. These scarce and unusual notes are identified by the unique brown Treasury seal and the overprinted "Hawaii" on both sides. They were issued only from July 1942 to October 1944.

Unlike regular Silver Certificates that have blue seals, this note was printed with a brown seal to make it easy to identify. The "brown seal" notes were issued because the U.S. government worried that Hawaii might be overrun by the Japanese. If the Japanese had captured large amounts of U.S. currency that was identical to regular currency, the Japanese could have bought weapons and used them against U.S. forces in the war. As a result, the notes were made to look different. Had they fallen into Japanese hands, they would have been demonetized and therefore made worthless.

Fortunately, that never happened. Hawaii was still a U.S. territory during the war. It became a state in 1959 and it used U.S. currency. Very few of these historic notes survived the war, making this a treasured piece of American history. Add this 1935 $1 Silver Certificate to your collection today!

Silver Certificate Includes

  • One 1935 WWII Emergency $1 Silver Certificate - Hawaii, brown seal
  • Story card
  • Black plastic wallet
  • Certificate of authenticity

Silver Certificate Specifications

  • Coin Type: 1935 WWII Emergency $1 Silver Certificate
  • Denomination: One dollar
  • Mintage Year: 1935
  • Obverse: Features George Washington, a brown seal and a "Hawaii" overprint
  • Reverse: Features "One Dollar"

Plastic Wallet Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 4" x 1/4"

Distributed by The Franklin Mint.

About the Collection

Discover the collectability of The Franklin Mint - the world’s leading private mint for more than 45 years. Founded in 1964, the Franklin Mint first stepped into the international arena by striking legal tender coins for foreign nations. Shortly after, the company expanded and began offering the general public coins and collectibles of the utmost quality.

Today, Franklin Mint is known throughout the world for its impeccably crafted minted coins, die-cast models and collectible art. Offering rare pieces for first time and serious collectors, each item from the mint is an instant heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

About the Guest

Walter Kole is the Brand Curator for The Franklin Mint. As a member of the American Numismatic Association, Walter has over 30 years’ experience in the field of numismatics, philatelics, and related collectibles. He has purchased in excess of one million U.S. Mint and International official coins and limited commemorate issues. His decades of experience and passion for coins and collecting are evident in each rare piece that he presents.


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