Military Payment Certificates (MPC)

'Funny Money'

For those of us that lived in Japan before 1970 something - we used Military Payment Certificates for money.  "Greenbacks" were illegal to use.  Occasionally we had 48 hours or so notice that  the current series were to be invalid and we had to change it all to the new series down at the bank (across from the school).

Here are some pictures of the different series that were active at the time of Zama American High Schoolers -- although I am not sure they were all used in Zama.  





From Carolyn Z   '66

Acknowledgment:  Many MPC images are from (with permission)