One cent note used during the Japanese Occupation

Japanese invasion money (JIM) was paper money used by the Japanese to establish economic control in occupied areas during World War Two. Blocks or code letters (e.g. MA or M/AA) were printed on the paper money for circulation control. The first letter of the code indicates where the money was used. In this case, paper money with blocks starting with the letter ‘M’ was used in Malaya (and Singapore). JIM issued in Malaya was known as ‘banana money’, a term originated from the motif of the banana tree on the obverse of the ten dollar notes.

Singapore and Malaysia
Object size: L9.5cm x W4.6cm
Accession No.
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mr Lim Seng Chwee
Currency Notes