Woman Finds Old Wallet Filled With Teeth and WWII-Era Currency

A woman discovered an old wallet in a storage unit she bought that contained World War II-era currency and a bizarre haul of teeth.

The storage hunter shared a clip to her TikTok page, @Lockerblocker20, which amassed 1.7 million views as she went through the battered wallet.

In the clip, shared last month, she said: "Alright guys we found this wallet, in the last storage unit, I want to show ya'll what we found in it.

"First you can see this sticking out the top, pretty rough, worn condition. It's an old ten pesos, from the Japanese Government.

"So that's pretty cool, then if you look in this other pouch right here, there's a bunch of foreign coins.

"Anyway so we went to open this pouch, and when we opened it, this is what we got."

She films a handful of teeth, suspected to be human, prompting people to share wild speculations as to their origin.

The rare note dates back to WWII and is part of the currency the Japanese government printed after invading the Philippines and neighboring countries.

The Japanese confiscated all hard currency and replaced it with money they printed, officially known as the Southern Development Bank Note, after setting up the Southern Development Bank and the Wartime Finance Bank.

The University of Hawaii noted: "Southern Development Bank Notes were issued by the Japanese Military authority to replace local currency during World War II."

Various denominations were printed, with a few series published during the wartime years.

When WWII ended, the cash, referred to as "Mickey Mouse Money" by the locals, was mostly discarded and destroyed.

Screengrabs from @Lockerblocker20's video.
Screengrabs from @Lockerblocker20's video. She found a 10 peso note issued by the Japanese government. @Lockerblocker20

The woman, from Texas, explained to Newsweek she bought two storage units for nearly $8,000 without seeing what was inside. They both belonged to the same person.

Lockerblocker20 waded through boxes of broken glass and fabric, before coming across the wartime relic.

She told Newsweek: "When we got the contents back and started to go through it we realized these were not going to be profitable units. Of the hundreds of boxes the better majority were full of fabric scraps and broken glassware.

"It's kind of like going to Vegas you win some and lose some. The units like I said were full of hundreds of boxes of fabric and broken glassware. Also some furniture and carved wood statues etc.

"One of the last boxes we opened is where we found the wallet and at first I was like "ok, this is kind of interesting" (considering the rest of the unit was so bad) and then I opened the last pouch and I was like "omg, what the heck?"

The Mystery of the Teeth

"In my opinion none of the items in the wallet are related and it was probably just used as storage. I'm not an expert but I would guess these are children's lost teeth.

"I have had dozens of people reach out to me interested in purchasing the wallet and contents but at this point I am not sure what we are going to do with it."

In the comments, numerous people shared their thoughts on the interesting assortment of items, with Chris asking: "Tooth fairy's wallet?"

Devin thought: "That's a wallet of war trophies, wild."

Rovingdirty wrote: "Those were the teeth of the enemies he killed."

Alicia Kelly: "WW2 wallet! Some guys kept "souvenirs" from their marks. My great grandfather had ears apparently."

While Chellsey wrote "That 10 peso was made in 1942!!! It's occupied war money. This is insane."

Screengrabs from @Lockerblocker20's video.
Screengrabs from @Lockerblocker20's video. Inside the old wallet was a pile of teeth. @Lockerblocker20