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Burma Issues

One of the curiosities of Note issue history is that the Reserve Bank of India issued notes that were not legal tender in India. Rangoon, the capital of Burma, was one of the original currency circles of the Office of the Controller of Currency. Burma separated from India in 1938; however, the Reserve Bank of India acted as Banker to the Government of Burma and was responsible for note issue in terms of the Burma Monetary Arrangements Order, 1937. In May 1938 the Bank issued distinctive Burma notes which were not legal tender in India. June 1942 saw the occupation of Burma by Japanese which lasted till 1945. Thereafter, monetary matters were looked after by the British Military Administration of Burma. The Reserve Bank recommenced its Rangoon Office in 1945 and carried on functioning as banker to the Government of Burma till April 1, 1947.

Rangoon Office of the Reserve Bank of India
Reserve Bank of India, Rangoon Office
 

Rupees Ten Rupees Five

Notes issued by Reserve Bank of India for Burma

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