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Hi. I was posting a few images of MPCs over in the Asylum for a posting frenzy thing that I have going on and thought perhaps posting some of them here would be interesting for some members. Please feel free to add your comments and notes that you have in your collection as well. Thanks.

 

A few British MPCs to start.

 

19736568709_884cebc1d8_z.jpgBritish Armed Forces 1Pound 2nd Series obv by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

19736569579_148a75dfc4_z.jpgBritish Armed Forces 1Pound 2nd Series rev by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

 

I love the design on this note. Very intricate but pleasing to my eye.

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I'm not up-to-date on these notes and so have no real idea of the dates for this 4th Series, or any other British MPC series for that matter. Any help?

 

19897030316_ede579f144_z.jpgBritish Armed Forces 1Pound 4th Series obv by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

19735214358_cb1b5960b2_z.jpgBritish Armed Forces 1Pound 4th Series rev by Art OConnell, on Flickr

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6th Series.

 

19946629942_a2b8e5ac65_z.jpg10 New Pence - 6th Series Obv by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

19959448691_eedd7fd3e2_z.jpg10 New Pence - 6th Series Rev by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

That completes my holdings for British MPCs.

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Series 100 50 Sen

 

5993121469_11c5f22c0c_z.jpgUS Series 100 50sen front by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

5993681006_cffd70f4c7_z.jpgUS Series 100 50sen back by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

This is an example for Japan, Military Currency produced for the use of allied troops and the local Japanese population at the end, and in the period immediately after WWII (Pick 1994: 751). They were used in Okinawa till 1958 (Pick 1994: 751). Courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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Series 461

 

Issued: September 16,1946 Europe and September 30,1946 Pacific
Withdrawn: March 10,1947
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
All notes are black with blue underprinting on the front and black with maroon underprinting on the back.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 461

 

Issued: September 16,1946 Europe and September 30,1946 Pacific
Withdrawn: March 10,1947
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
All notes are black with blue underprinting on the front and black with maroon underprinting on the back.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 471

 

Issued: March 10,1947
Withdrawn: March 22,1948
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
All notes are red w/ light blue underprint. Vignettes are identical to Series 461.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.

5992563822_958af73b05_z.jpgUS Series 471 5cent front by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

5992564058_5eceecddcc_z.jpgUS Series 471 5cent back by Art OConnell, on Flickr

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Series 471

Issued: March 10,1947
Withdrawn: March 22,1948
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
All notes are red w/ light blue underprint. Vignettes are identical to Series 461.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 472

 

Issued: March 22,1948
Withdrawn: June 20,1951
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of all notes black w/ blue underprint. Back of all notes is brown.
There were two printings for this series. The First printing included all denominations while the second did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.

 

5993386275_4d8506105d_z.jpgUS Series 472 5cent front by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

5993944244_9f91023833_z.jpgUS Series 472 5cent back by Art OConnell, on Flickr

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Series 472

 

Issued: March 22,1948
Withdrawn: June 20,1951
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Tudor Press Inc., Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of all notes black w/ blue underprint. Back of all notes is brown.
There were two printings for this series. The First printing included all denominations while the second did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 481

 

Issued: June 20,1951
Withdrawn: May 25,1954
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Commerce" engraved by Marcus Baldwin.1 dollar note front "Composition and Reflection" by Bella Lyon Pratt. 5 and 10 dollar notes front design "Mechanics". Back of all notes contains the Great Seal of the US.
There were multiple printings for this series. Some sources state two printings while others indicate four. The First, Second, and Third printing included all denominations while the Fourth did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes. Sources agree that printings One and Two contained all denominations.

 

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 481

 

Issued: June 20,1951
Withdrawn: May 25,1954
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Commerce" engraved by Marcus Baldwin.1 dollar note front "Composition and Reflection" by Bella Lyon Pratt. 5 and 10 dollar notes front design "Mechanics". Back of all notes contains the Great Seal of the US.
There were multiple printings for this series. Some sources state two printings while others indicate four. The First, Second, and Third printing included all denominations while the Fourth did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes. Sources agree that printings One and Two contained all denominations while the Fourth did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 481

 

Issued: June 20,1951
Withdrawn: May 25,1954
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Commerce" engraved by Marcus Baldwin.1 dollar note front "Composition and Reflection" by Bella Lyon Pratt. 5 and 10 dollar notes front design "Mechanics". Back of all notes contains the Great Seal of the US.
There were multiple printings for this series. Some sources state two printings while others indicate four. The First, Second, and Third printing included all denominations while the Fourth did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes. Sources agree that printings One and Two contained all denominations.

 

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 481

 

Issued: June 20,1951
Withdrawn: May 25,1954
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Commerce" engraved by Marcus Baldwin.1 dollar note front "Composition and Reflection" by Bella Lyon Pratt. 5 and 10 dollar notes front design "Mechanics". Back of all notes contains the Great Seal of the US.
There were multiple printings for this series. Some sources state two printings while others indicate four. The First, Second, and Third printing included all denominations while the Fourth did not include the 5 and 10 dollar notes. Sources agree that printings One and Two contained all denominations.

 

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 521

 

Issued: May 25,1954
Withdrawn: May 27,1958
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Allegorical" engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. 1 dollar note front "Liberty" by G.F.C. Smillie. 1 dollar note back engraved by John Eissler. 5 dollar note front "Flowers of the South" was engraved by L. S. Schofield & D. S. Ronaldson while the back was engraved by G.F.C. Smillie. The 10 dollar notes front design "Ceres" is another G.F.C. Smillie engraving while the back "Justice" was engraved by Marcus Baldwin.
There were three printings for this series. The first included all denominations. The second printing excluded the 10 dollar note while the third printing excluded both the 5 and 10 dollar notes.

 

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.

 

5993698146_9a563a7115_z.jpgUS Series 521 5cent front by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

5993698386_e7f60f7bd3_z.jpgUS Series 521 5cent back by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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Series 521

 

Issued: May 25,1954
Withdrawn: May 27,1958
Countries of use: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Ryukyus, Scotland, Trieste, Yugoslavia
Printed by Forbes Lithographic, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Allegorical" engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. 1 dollar note front "Liberty" by G.F.C. Smillie. 1 dollar note back engraved by John Eissler. 5 dollar note front "Flowers of the South" was engraved by L. S. Schofield & D. S. Ronaldson while the back was engraved by G.F.C. Smillie. The 10 dollar notes front design "Ceres" is another G.F.C. Smillie engraving while the back "Justice" was engraved by Marcus Baldwin.
There were three printings for this series. The first included all denominations. The second printing excluded the 10 dollar note while the third printing excluded both the 5 and 10 dollar notes.

 

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 541

 

Issued: May 27,1958
Withdrawn: May 21,1961
Countries of use: Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Ryukyus, and Scotland.
Printed by Tudor Press, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Montivideo" engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. 1 dollar note front by Edward J. Hein. 1 dollar note back "Female with fasces" engraved by G.F.C. Smillie. 5 dollar note back was engraved by Joachim F. Benzing. The 10 dollar notes front design is another G.F.C. Smillie engraving.

 

There was a single printing for this series.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.

4281762928_b2d3ec44d1_z.jpgUS Series 541 5cents obv by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

4281022201_6ce2934a43_z.jpgUS Series 541 5cents rev by Art OConnell, on Flickr

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Series 541

 

Issued: May 27,1958
Withdrawn: May 21,1961
Countries of use: Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Ryukyus, and Scotland.
Printed by Tudor Press, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Montivideo" engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. 1 dollar note front by Edward J. Hein. 1 dollar note back "Female with fasces" engraved by G.F.C. Smillie. 5 dollar note back was engraved by Joachim F. Benzing. The 10 dollar notes front design is another G.F.C. Smillie engraving.

 

There was a single printing for this series.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 591

 

Issued: May 26,1961
Withdrawn: January 6,1964
Countries of use: Cyprus, Iceland, Japan, Korea.
Printed by Forbes Lithograph Corporation, Boston, MA; numbered and separated by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Front of fractional notes "Statue of Liberty" engraved by Mathew D. Fenton and backs engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. 1 dollar note back engraved by Richard M. Bower. 5 dollar note front "Miss Ann Izzard" was engraved by Charles A. Brooks. The 10 dollar notes front design is another Arthur Wasserbach engraving.

There was a single printing for this series.

Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
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Series 641

 

Issued: August 31,1965
Withdrawn: October 21,1968
Countries of use: Vietnam.
Printed by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Fractional notes engraved by Richard M. Bower. 1 dollar note front was engraved by Edward Hein. 5 dollar note front, "Laura", was engraved by Richard Bower while the back, "Europa", was by Arthur W. Dintaman. The 10 dollar notes front design is a Marcus Baldwin engraving while the back, "Liberty", is a Richard M. Bower engraving.

 

There were three printings for this series. Each printing contained all denominations.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, and 10 dollars.
This was the first series of notes used in Vietnam. The 10 dollar note was heavily counterfeited.
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Series 661

 

Issued: October 21,1968
Withdrawn: August 11,1969
Countries of use: Vietnam.
Printed by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Fractional notes engraved by John Eissler. $1 note front was engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. $5 note front was an engraving of G.F.C. Smillie while the back was from Marcus Baldwin. The $10 notes front design, "Union and Civilization" was by G.F.C. Smillie as was the back "Ceres". The front of the $20 note was engraved by F.T. Howe while the back, "The Bouquet" was by Edward R. Felver.
There was one printing for this series.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, and 20 dollars.
This series introduced the $20 note. In addition this is the only Series without "Military Payment Certificate" and the restrictive use clause on the face of the fractionals and the back of the $20 note.
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Series 661

 

Issued: October 21,1968
Withdrawn: August 11,1969
Countries of use: Vietnam.
Printed by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Fractional notes engraved by John Eissler. $1 note front was engraved by Arthur Wasserbach. $5 note front was an engraving of G.F.C. Smillie while the back was from Marcus Baldwin. The $10 notes front design, "Union and Civilization" was by G.F.C. Smillie as was the back "Ceres". The front of the $20 note was engraved by F.T. Howe while the back, "The Bouquet" was by Edward R. Felver.
There was one printing for this series.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, and 20 dollars.
This series introduced the $20 note. In addition this is the only Series without "Military Payment Certificate" and the restrictive use clause on the face of the fractionals and the back of the $20 note.

 

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Don't know what happened here but all of the passages that I copied had special characters in them changed. For example "$" becames $ and quotation marks became &quot. ?????

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Series 681

 

Issued: August 11,1969
Withdrawn: October 7,1970
Countries of use: Vietnam.
Printed by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Fractional notes front "Thomas A Edison: Ethan Allen Class Submarine" engraved by Edward R. Felver. Back "Space Walk: Major Edward White" also by Edward R. Felver. 1 dollar note front, "Pilot" was engraved by Charles A. Brooks while the back, "USAF Thunderbirds" is unattributed. 5 dollar note front, "Signalman Petty Officer First Class", was engraved by J. Creamer with the back, "Eagle", being unattributed. The 10 dollar notes front design, "Special Forces Master Sargeant" is unattributed while the back, "M48A4 Patton Tank", was engraved by Arthur W. Dintaman. The front of the 20 dollar note, "Soldier" is another Dintaman engraving and the back, "B-52G", was engraved by Edward R. Felver.
There was one printing of the entire series with a second printing consisting of only the 20 dollar note.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, and 20 dollars.
5993365859_2fb7fbe786_z.jpgUS Series 681 5cent front by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

5993365651_9905694b77_z.jpgUS Series 681 5cent back by Art OConnell, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

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Series 692

 

Issued: October 7,1970
Withdrawn: June 1,1971 -fractional denominations: March 15,1973 - dollar denominations
Countries of use: Vietnam.
Printed by U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The design of the fractional notes obverse is called "Guardian" and was done by James Earl Frasier. The reverse is an Eagle. Designer information for the reverse is not available.
The 1 dollar note reverse is "Pablo" and was designed by Marcus W. Baldwin. The front of the 5 dollar note, "Eve", was designed by Edward R. Felver and the back, "Elk", is thought to have been designed by Len Buckley. The front of the 10 dollar note is "Chief Hollow Horn Bear" by L. Schofield and the back, "Eagle", is by Charles S. Brooks. The front of the 20 dollar note is "Chief Ourey" by Noyes while the back is the "Roosevelt Dam" and the designer is unknown.
Denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, and 20 dollars.
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