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About the North Africa Silver Certificate
As part of their offensive against the Axis powers during World
War II, the Allies began an extensive military action against the Vichy French
in North Africa. This operation commenced on November 8, 1942, and was named
Operation Torch. Under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied
armies occupied French Morocco and Algeria, and the Free French gained control
of French West Africa. The success of Operation Torch was a major turning point
in the course of the War, removing Axis control over extensive North African
oil reserves, and providing the Allies with a base to launch their push into
The U.S. soldiers who fought in this campaign were paid in cash.
The potential for enemy capture of the payroll cash supply was a real concern
for Allied leaders. The solution to this concern was a distinct series of notes
made to pay the troops, the so-called "North Africa notes." All
military personnel serving in the North African campaign were paid with these
special silver certificates, which had a distinct and unique yellow seal. This
action was taken as a precaution; in the event of German capture of the money
supply, all silver certificates with a yellow seal could be repudiated; the
now-worthless captured money would be useless to any enemies.
After the successful North African campaign, the yellow seal
notes were also used during the Sicilian campaign of 1943. Unlike the “Hawaii”
notes, which were made for circulation among the general population in Hawaii,
North Africa notes were distributed only to military personnel.
Aside from their unusual yellow seal, the North Africa notes are
not clearly marked as to their purpose. They are the only silver certificates
with yellow seals. North Africa notes come in one-, five-, and ten-dollar
denominations. All of the one-dollar notes are from series 1935A, the
five-dollar notes are from series 1934A, and the ten-dollar notes are from both
series 1934 and 1934A. The plain series 1934 ten-dollar note is very scarce,
but all other North Africa notes are readily available, usually in circulated
Like with the "Hawaii" notes, many North Africa notes
were saved as souvenirs by GIs. These notes make for an interesting relic of an
epic struggle, a struggle that continues to have ramifications throughout the
world, 90 plus years later.