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July 26

Japanese government-issued one-cent banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 one-cent Japanese-issued banknote is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued five-cent banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 five-cent Japanese-issued banknote is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued ten-cent banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 ten-cent Japanese-issued banknote is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued fifty-cent banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 fifty-cent Japanese-issued banknote, depicting a traveller's palm on the obverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued one-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 one-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting breadfruit and coconut trees on the obverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued five-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1942 five-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting coconut and pawpaw trees on the obverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued ten-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1944 ten-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting guava and coconut trees flanked by banana and pineapple plants on the obverse, and a seascape on the reverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued one-hundred-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1944 one-hundred-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting a Malay house with palm trees on the obverse, and a man with water buffaloes in a stream on the reverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued one-hundred-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1945 one-hundred-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting labourers in a rubber plantation on the obverse, and stilted Malay houses on the reverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva

Japanese government-issued one-thousand-dollar banknote for use in Malaya and Borneo

The Japanese government-issued dollar was a form of currency issued between 1942 and 1945 for use within the territories of Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei, under occupation by Imperial Japan during World War II. The currency, informally referred to as "banana money", was released solely in the form of banknotes, as metals were considered essential to the war effort. The languages used on the notes were reduced to English and Japanese. Each note bears a different obverse and reverse design, but all have a similar layout, and were marked with stamped block letters that begin with "M" for "Malaya". This 1945 one-thousand-dollar Japanese-issued banknote, depicting a bullock cart on the obverse and a man with water buffaloes in a stream on the reverse, is part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Banknote design credit: Empire of Japan; photographed by Andrew Shiva


July 25

Castle of St John the Baptist, Tenerife

The Castle of St John the Baptist (Castillo de San Juan Bautista), also called the Black Castle (Castillo Negro), is a fort in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain.

Photograph credit: Thomas Wolf


July 24

John Adams Dix

John Adams Dix (July 24, 1798 – April 21, 1879)

This picture is a line engraving of Dix, produced around 1902 by the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), as part of a BEP presentation album of the first 42 secretaries of the treasury.

Engraving credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restored by Andrew Shiva


July 23

Leptosia nina

Leptosia nina is a small butterfly of the family Pieridae (the sulphurs, yellows and whites), found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. It has a wingspan of 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in). The upper side of the otherwise white forewing has a large, somewhat pear-shaped, black spot; this spot is also present on the underside which is scattered with greenish dots and speckles, sometimes arranged in bands.

Photograph credit: Jeevan Jose


July 22

Art and engraving on United States banknotes

This vignette appeared on a US $50 banknote in 1875. The engraving copies Robert Walter Weir’s painting Embarkation of the Pilgrims, one of eight historical paintings hanging in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. It depicts the Pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell as they depart Delfshaven in South Holland on July 22, 1620. They sailed to Southampton where they met additional colonists and transferred to the Mayflower.

Engraving credit: W. W. Rice, Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restored by Andrew Shiva


July 21

Alcázar of Seville

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. It is a prime example of Mudéjar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula but also features Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque design elements from previous stages of construction. This photograph shows the ceiling of the Room of the Ambassadors.

Photograph credit: Alvesgaspar


July 20

Tranquility Base

Tranquility Base is the site on the Moon where, on 20 July 1969, humans landed and walked on a celestial body other than Earth for the first time. This photograph was taken during the Apollo 11 mission by commander Neil Armstrong and shows crewmember Buzz Aldrin and the various scientific experiments he has just deployed on the Moon's surface. In the background at far right is the Lunar Module Eagle; the US flag planted at the site during their moonwalk was blown over the next day by the exhaust of the ascent rocket.

Photograph credit: Neil Armstrong


July 19

Robert J. Walker

Robert J. Walker (July 19, 1801 – November 11, 1869) was an American lawyer, economist and politician.

Engraving credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restored by Andrew Shiva


July 18

Bar-tailed godwit

The bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) is a large wading bird in the family Scolopacidae. Breeding takes place each summer in the Arctic, and the bird then makes a long-distance migration southwards to overwinter in more temperate areas, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. This photograph, taken in March, shows a bird in non-breeding plumage at Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia.

Photograph credit: John Harrison


July 17

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At the Seashore is an 1886 oil-on-canvas painting by the Polish artist Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz, depicting a young woman from a fishing village sitting on the sand with her little daughter. The painting presents a realistic scene from a beach located by the English Channel and conveys a profound sense of melancholy. Painted in Pourville, Normandy, the work is a reflection on the recent death of the artist's father, and a close friend. The painting is part of the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

Painting credit: Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz


July 16

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Noordhoek is a coastal town in the Western Cape, South Africa, located below Chapman's Peak on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula and is approximately 35 km (22 mi) to the south of Cape Town. The beach is a six-kilometre (3.7 mi) stretch of fine white sand used by walkers and horse-riders; winds are often strong and the sea is cold and wild. The neighbouring suburb of Kommetjie can be seen in the distance.

Photograph credit: Diego Delso

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July 15

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Calumma crypticum, the blue-legged chameleon, is a species of chameleon found in eastern Madagascar. As with other chameleons, an individual's colour is variable and depends on its surroundings, the ambient temperature, and variations in the level of light. The species is usually quite colourful, with rich browns, blues and greens; the legs are often marked with blue. This C. crypticum individual was photographed in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, and can be identified as a male by its long snout with a horn-like protrusion.

Photograph credit: Charles James Sharp

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