Gen. Douglas MacArthur Signed WII Japanese Note. Philippines I Shall Return. PSA
General Douglas MacArthur... I Shall Return!
Signed WWII Japanese Currency, Short Snorter
Following the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched another offensive on the Philippines to neutralize the U.S. forces in the Pacific, led by Five-Star General Douglas MacArthur, as part of their plan for a "Greater East Asia War". In March of 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered MacArthur to retreat, and he famously claimed "I Shall Return". Always true to his word, MacArthur returned to the Philippines to reclaim the Pacific Islands from the Japanese!
This Ten Pesos note, was issued by the Japanese Government during their two and half year occupation in the Philippines from 1942-1945. Ironically, MacArthur signed the fiat currency in black fountain ink, and it's quite possibly unique! We've never owned anything like this, and it is certainly one of the most special World War II collectibles we've featured in our collection.
Signed currency notes are also known as "Short Snorters", which is an aviation tradition that goes back to the early 1900s. While in flight, members of the military would all sign each others money. Afterwards, at any point, you could call on someone to produce their signed note with your autograph on it. If the person did not have it, then they would have to buy you a "short snort" or a short glass of liquor AKA a shot.