A 1-cent canteen chit used in 1945 by German prisoners of work at a
POW camp in Excursion Inlet, Alaska, is the only known example
The chit, reported to have surfaced in 2013, is discussed in the
most recent issue of
Token Collector & Polar Numismatist, published by
Alaska Rare Coins.
The chit is illustrated in full color on David Frank's Worldandmilitarynotes.com website.
Located in southeastern Alaska near Juneau, Excursion Inlet served
as the site of a camp for some 700 German prisoners of war brought
there in June 1945 to dismantle the Alaska Barge Terminal. The POW
camp was closed in November 1945.
The chits, according to author Lance K. Campbell in Prisoner of
War and Concentration Camp Money of the 20th Century, were
usually issued in booklets having strips of chits in various
denominations. The Excursion Inlet chit would have been for use by the
German POWs in the camp canteen, or "kantine."
During World War II, Excursion Inlet was used as a prisoner-of-war
camp, and a strategic base for the Aleutian Islands Campaign.
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