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COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

German Empire 1, 2, 5 & 10 PfennigIn 1871 Otto Von Bismark united the German States under Prussian King Wilhelm I, forming the Second Reich, also known as the German Empire. The Empire disintegrated as a result of World War I.  This 4 coin set includes the copper 1 & 2 Pfennig and the copper-nickel 5 and 10 Pfennig dating from 1874 to 1916.  All four coins feature the Imperial German Eagle on the reverse. 
Item DE-EMP-SET4 GERMANY EMPIRE 4 COIN SET 1 - 10 PFENNIG 1874-1916 F-XF $6.00


GERMAN INFLATION COINS OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC

Germany - Weimar Republic aluminum 50 PfennigGermany Weimar Republic 1923 aluminum 200 Mark coin
Germany's inflation is clearly demonstrated in these coins of the Weimar Republic.  The aluminum 50 Pfennig was introduced in 1919 to replace the silver 1/2 Mark that had disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.  The 23mm coin was produced until 1922, though by the end 1922 it had lost almost all of its purchasing power. The design featured the denomination on the obverse and a bundle of grain on the reverse.  In 1923 an aluminum 200 Mark coin was introduced.  It also was 23mm, the same diameter as the 50 Pfennig, however it was thinner.  It had the denomination on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.  Both coins bear the unofficial motto of Germany "EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT" ("UNITY AND JUSTICE AND FREEDOM").   The motto is first line of what was then the third stanza of the German anthem. (The third stanza is now only official stanza of the anthem, the first stanza about Germany above everything ( Deutschland über alles ) and the second stanza about the superiority of German women and German wine were deemed politically incorrect, and have been eliminated from the official anthem.)   Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item DE-50PF GERMANY 50 PFENNIG 1919-1922 KM27 UNC. $5.00
Item DE-200M GERMANY 200 MARK 1923 KM35 UNC. $5.00



GERMAN NOTGELD COINS, PAPER AND PORCELAIN

Notgeld means "emergency money" in German, and generally refers to an extensive series of locally issued coins and currency produced during and following World War I.  Notgeld was issued in paper, metal and even porcelain and other materials.  Below is a selection of this fascinating but little known collectible.

METAL GERMAN NOTGELD COINS

Germany World War I era notgeld coinsNotgeld coins were struck for over 600 communities and companies in Germany between 1916 and 1922, though many are not dated.  Most are in denominated from 5 to 50 Pfennig. Typically the city arms or landmark is on one side and the denomination is on the other.  They were usually struck zinc or iron, both of which corrode easily, so the coins often are spotted or rusted.
Item DE-METNOTx1 1 GERMAN METAL NOTGELD COIN, F-VF-spots$3.00
Item DE-METNOTx1010 DIFFERENT METAL NOTGELD COINS F-VF-spots out


Die Deutschen Notmunzen by Walter Funck (2012) on German municipal notgeld coinsNEWA GREAT GUIDE TO GERMAN MUNICIPAL METAL NOTGELD COINS

DIE DUETSCHEN NOTMUNZEN, by Walter Funck, New 2012 ed.
A well illustrated price guide to German municipal metal notgeld coins issued from 1916 to 1924.  Includes prices in Euros in 2 grades. New 2012 edition.  German text. 703 pages, hard cover.  A Must Have book for anyone interested in German notgeld coins.
Item BK-FUNCK DIE DEUTSCHE NOTMUNZEN, by Walter Funck, $99.75



SMALL COLORFUL GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES 

Germany small municipal notgeld notesThese small paper Notgeld notes were initially issued by towns during World War I to provide for small change. Most were denominated 1 Mark or less and are usually less than 4 inches (90mm) long.  By 1921 most notes were being made to sell to collectors and the designs became increasingly colorful. The issues ceased after 1922 with the collapse of the German economy.  The colorful notes are a fun and popular collectible.  They have a wide variety of themes, including fairy tales, local history, monuments, and political satire. They will make an interesting addition to your collection.  Every lot is different, so you can order multiple lots and not get a lot of duplicates.
Item PM-DE-NOTx1 1 GERMAN NOTGELD NOTE AU-UNC. $1.00
Item PM-DE-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, AU-UNC. $19.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx50 50 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, AU-UNC. $39.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx100 100 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, AU-UNC. $79.50


BANKNOTE FROM THE CITY OF GOTHA

Gotha 100 Mark banknote 1922
Because of the severe inflation that followed World War I, prices were rising faster than the German government could print money.  Many towns and companies resorted to printing their own currency.  This 100 Mark note was issued by the City of Gotha, Germany.  It is dated September 30, 1922.  It is a simple, uniface note that pictures a bishop from the town’s arms. 
Item PM-GOTHA GOTHA, GERMANY 100 MARK NOTE, 1922 VF $3.00


UNUSUAL GERMAN PORCELAIN NOTGELD COINS

Germany porcelain notgeld coins 
During the collapse of the German economy following World War I, some towns and even a few companies issued notgeld coins made from porcelain.  Many of these were produced by the famed Meissen porcelain works. They were usually made from red or white porcelain.  The Meissen issues carry the crossed swords "hallmark" as a mintmark.  We offer a selection of these issues from various towns dated 1921 or 1922 with denominations from 10 Pfennig to 5 Marks.  The exact coins sent will depend on what we have in stock.
Item DE-PORC GERMAN PORCELAIN COIN, Joel's choice, AU-UNC. $13.00
Item DE-PORCx3 3 DIFFERENT GERMAN PORCELAIN COINS AU-UNC. $39.00
Item DE-PORCx6 6 DIFFERENT GERMAN PORCELAIN COINS AU-UNC. $78.00


WHITE PORCELAIN NOTGELD COINS FROM THE CITY OF MEISSEN

Meissen Germany porcelain 30 and 50 Pfennig coinsMeissen, home of the famed Porcelain Works, issued these beautiful white porcelain 30 and 50 Pfennig coins dated 1921.   The 50 pfennig features a young child with a bunch of grapes.  The 30 Pfennig features a goblet bearing the Meissen crossed swords hallmark.  The city’s arms, date and denomination are on the obverse. 
Item MEISS-SET2 MEISSEN 30 & 50 PFENNIG 1921 AU-UNC $27.50




NEW1923 GERMAN INFLATION CURRENCY SETS

German Reichsbank Inflation notes, August and September 1923              Privately issued banknotes from German Inflationary period of August - September 1923          
NOTES DISPLAYED AT 50% OF ACTUAL SIZE

In 1923, Germany experienced some of the world’s worst inflation. Prices increased hourly and people needed a suitcase of full of money just to make modest purchases.  Some companies printed their own currency to meet payroll and pay for supplies. We are pleased to offer you the following two sets of notes from the 1923 German Hyperinflation: From the German Reichsbank (German government bank) we offer a set of eight inflation notes with denominations from 1 Million Mark to 500 Million Mark.  The notes are dated between August 9, 1923 and September 1, 1923. Included are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 Million Mark notes.  In order to produce the notes quickly in order to keep up with inflation, the notes had simple designs and were printed only on one side. The notes are in original Uncirculated condition, however some notes may have received minor damage in storage over the years, so we will call the set AU-UNC.

We also offer a set of three notes from the Hugo Stinnes Shipping Lines of Hamburg.  Hugo Stinnes was a brilliant German industrialist.  He made a fortune in World War I in steel and coal production. Following the war he borrowed vast sums, which he used to buy companies and hard assets.  With the inflation that followed, he was able to repay the loans with greatly depreciated currency, thus further increasing his fortune.  By the end of 1923 he owned over 4000 companies!  Hugo Stinnes’ vast personal wealth and huge industrial empire made his currency one of the few private issues to be accepted throughout Germany.  From the Hugo Stinnes Lines we have the 1, 5 and 10 Million Mark notes in Uncirculated condition.  The notes are dated between August 18 and September 1, 1923. All three notes feature the flag of his shipping company on the front and the denomination on the back.

All the notes are roughly 5.5” x 3.5” (140 x 90mm). According to the inscriptions on both sets of notes, the notes were valid only for a short period of time, ranging from about 3 weeks to about 3 months from the notes issue date.  This may have been done in an attempt to control inflation by trying to "extinguish" part of the money supply, however I suspect it only encouraged people to spend their money faster, thus increasing the velocity of money and furthering inflationary pressures.

These fascinating currency sets that serve as a warning of what happens when a nations monetary policy gets out of control.

Item PM-DE-INFLAT8 GERMANY SET OF 8 INFLATION BANKNOTES, 1 MILLION - 500 MILLION MARK, 1923 P102-110, AU-UNC. $45.00
Item PM-DE-STINNES GERMANY STINNES LINES 1, 5 & 10 MILLION MARK NOTES, 1923 UNC $19.50


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NEWGERMAN INFLATION POSTAGE STAMPS

Germany inflation era postage stamps: 10 Pfennig - 5 Million Mark
Germany’s post World War I inflation is reflected in their postage stamps.  This set includes 27 different German postage stamps issued between 1918 to 1923, with values ranging from 10 Pfennig (cost of a domestic letter in 1918) to 5 Million Mark (a domestic letter cost 4 Million Mark on Oct. 20, 1923).    In order to try to keep up with the soaring rates some stamps were overprinted with new values.  The stamps in this collection are all original unused stamps however some may be slightly torn or damaged.
Item STMP-DE-INFL27 27 DIFFERENT UNUSED GERMAN POSTAGE STAMPS 1918-1923 $12.00


GERMANY CELEBRATES 1st ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE 

Nazi Germany 5 Reichsmark Church with dateNazi Germany celebrated the first anniversary of Nazi rule with thesesilver commemorative 2 and 5 Reichsmark coins dated 1934.  Both coins have the same design. The reverse portrays the Potsdam Garrison Church and the date 21 March, 1933.   It was at this church that date that Hitler ceremonially opened the first Reichstag of the Third Reich, officially ushering in Nazi control of Germany The obverse depicts the German Eagle and two small swastikas. The 25mm 2 Reichsmark coin is struck in .625 fine silver and contains .1607 troy oz. of silver.  The 29mm 5 Reichsmark coin is struck in .900 fine silver and contains .4016 troy oz. of silver.
Item DE-81 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK 1934, 1st. NAZI ANNIVERSARY KM81 F-VF $18.50
Item DE-82 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK 1934, 1st. NAZI ANNIVERSARY KM82 F-VF $29.50


FIRST NAZI GERMAN COIN  Restocked

Nazi Germany 1 Reichsmark coin KM78This nickel 1 Reichsmark was the first new coin introduced by the Nazi government after they assumed power in 1933.   One side bears an Imperial eagle, while the other has the date and denomination.  The coin was stuck in nickel and was minted from 1933 until 1939.  The coins were recalled and melted after the start of World War II as the nickel was needed for the war effort.  Today it is one of the hardest to find of all the regular issue Nazi German coins.
Item DE-1RMK NAZI GERMANY NICKEL 1 REICHSMARK 1933-39 KM78 VF-XF $13.00



NAZI GERMANY SILVER COINS

NAZI GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK

Nazi Germany silver 2 Reichsmark Hindenburg/SwastikaThis historic silver 2 Reichsmark was struck by Nazi Germany from 1936 until production was halted by the start of World War II in 1939. One side depicts a Nazi Eagle holding a swastika with the legend "Deutsches Reich", along with the date and denomination. The other side pictures Paul Von Hindenburg, who turned Germany over to Hitler. Hitler honored him by putting him on this coin. The coin is approximately the size of a quarter and has an unusual lettered edge. The coin contains .1607 troy ounces of silver and grades Very Fine or better. It is an historic coin of the failed Third Reich.
Item DE-93 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM93 VF $15.00

POTSDAM GARRISON CHURCH ON NAZI SILVER 5 REICHSMARK

Germany silver 5 Reichsmark Military Church / Eagle and 2 swastikasThe Postsdam Garrison Church, also known as the Potsdam Military Church, is featured on this Nazi German silver 5 Reichsmark. It was at this church that on March 21, 1933 Hitler ceremonially opened the first Reichstag of the Third Reich, officially ushering in Nazi control of Germany. To honor the event, the Church was featured on this silver 5 Reichsmark. The obverse depicts a Germanic Eagle, two small swastikas and the legend "Deutsches Reich". The church was built by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I between 1730 and 1735, and was destroyed by fire on April 14, 1945. Two weeks later Hitler committed suicide. The coin is approximately the size of a Half Dollar and has an unusual lettered edge. It is struck in .900 fine silver, which was the same as was used for United States coins. It contains .4016 troy ounces of silver. It was struck only 2 years, 1934 and 1935, before being replaced in 1935 with a new design featuring Paul von Hindenburg.
Item DE-83 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $25.00

HINDENBURG & EAGLE ON NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK

Nazi Germany silver 5 Reichsmark Hindenburg/Eagle 1935-36German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, putting Germany under Nazi rule. Hindenburg died the following year in August 1934. Hitler honored him by putting him on this silver 5 Reichsmark coin. Hitler himself never appeared on any official German coins or currency. The obverse depicts the head of Hindenburg. The reverse side features a Germanic Eagle, the date, denomination and the legend "Deutsches Reich". The coin was struck for only about a year starting in mid 1936. In mid-1936 the reverse was changed to a new design. The coin is approximately the size of a Half Dollar and has an unusual lettered edge. It is struck in .900 fine silver, which was the same as was used for United States coins. It contains .4016 troy ounces of silver. It is a short-lived Nazi Germany coin.
Item DE-86 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $24.00

HINDENBURG & SWASTIKA ON NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHSMARK

Nazi Germany silver 5 Reichsmark with Eagle holding SwastikaIn mid-1936 Nazi Germany revised the reverse of their 5 Reichsmark, replacing the Germanic Eagle with a Nazi Eagle holding a Swastika. The obverse, featuring the Paul von Hindenburg was left unchanged. The silver 2 Reichsmark coin bearing the same design of Hindenburg and the Nazi Eagle holding the Swastika was introduced at the same time. The coin continued to be minted until 1939, when it was discontinued due to the war effort. The coin is approximately the size of a Half Dollar and has an unusual lettered edge. It is struck in .900 fine silver, which was the same as was used for United States coins. It contains .4016 troy ounces of silver. The coin serves as a reminder of the brief but destructive "1000 Year Reich".
Item DE-94 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $28.00

Buy the set and save!SPECIAL - ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS

Buy the set and save!
Item DE-SSET SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $86.00




NEWTHE NAZI  ODDBALL – THE ALUMINUM 1935 50 REICHSPFENNIG

Nazi Germany 50 Reichspfennig 1935Nazi Germany issued this aluminum 50 Reichspfennig coin dated 1935.  The featured the German imperial eagle rather than the eagle holding the swastika.  The coin was dated only a single year:  1935.
Item DE-50RPF NAZI GERMANY ALUMINUM 50 PFENNIG, 1935 KM87 F-VF $3.50



NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET

Nazi German coin set 1 - 50 Reichspfennig
This set consists of the eight lower denominations of Nazi German coins each showing the eagle and swastika. The 1936-1939 issues include the 1, 2, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig made from copper or aluminum-bronze alloys. In 1939 an aluminum 50 Reichspfennig with the Eagle and Swastika was introduced, and was produced until 1944. In 1940 the 1, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig were switched to zinc and the 2 Reichspfennig was discontinued due to the war. All eight coins grade VF or better, though the zinc coins may show some spots as zinc spots very easily. The coins all feature the denomination on one side and an eagle holding a swastika on the other.
Item DE-NAZISET8 NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET 1- 50 REICHSPFENNIG, 1936-1944 $17.50


NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET

Nazi Germany 14 coin set
This 14 coin set includes the regular issue coins of Nazi Germany listed above. Included are the following coins: The copper 1 and 2 Reichspfennig issued from 1936 to 1940 with an eagle and swastika. The aluminum-bronze (brass) 5 and 10 Reichspfennig issued from 1936 to 1939 with an eagle and swastika. The aluminum 50 Reichspfennig picturing an eagle, which was dated only one year, 1935. The nickel 1 Reichsmark with an eagle which was issued from 1933 to 1939. Because nickel was a critical war material, most were melted during the War. The silver 5 Reichmark issued in 1934 and 1935 pictures the Potsdam Garrison Church where Hitler was sworn into office on one side and an eagle and two small swastikas on the other. Paul von Hindenburg and an Eagle are on the silver 5 Reichsmark dated 1935 and 1936. The silver 2 Reichsmark and 5 Reichsmark dating from 1936 to 1939 pictures Hindenburg on one side and an eagle holding a swastika during the other. Because of World War II, the only coins issued after 1940 were the zinc 1, 5 and 10 Reichspfennig, which depict an eagle holding a swastika. The coins grade Very Fine or better, though the zinc coins may have some spots. Because of the difficulty in obtaining all 14 coins at one time, I rarely am able to offer this historic set. (Note: this set includes the coins from Nazi set of 4 silver coins and the Nazi 8 coin set listed above, plus the aluminum 1935 50 Reichspfennig which was issued that single year, and the scarce nickel 1 Reichsmark)
Item DE-NAZISET14 NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET 1 REICHSPFENNIG - 5 REICHSMARK 1934-44 $116.00

NEWADOLF HITLER POSTAGE STAMPS

Germany postage stamps picturing Adolf HitlerThough Adolf Hitler never appeared on any circulating German coins or currency, he did appear on their stamps starting in 1941.  He even charged the German Post Office a royalty for the privilege of using his portrait on the stamps!  This set includes 3 different original, unused German postage stamps: the 3, 15 and 20 Reichspfennig all with a portrait of Hitler.
Item DE-STMP3 GERMANY SET OF 3 HITLER POSTAGE STAMPS, MINT $2.00



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FIRST COINS OF EAST GERMANY

First coins of East GermanyEast Germany cold war era coin set
East Germany issued its first coins in 1948 while it was still under the occupation of the Soviet Army.  The coins consisted of the aluminum 1, 5 and 10 Pfennig.  The coins featured an ear of grain and a cogwheel, which symbolized a communist “Workers' and Farmers' state”.  The denomination was on the other side.  In 1950 an aluminum-bronze 50 Pfennig was also minted.  It pictured smoky factories spewing out pollution and an old plow. In 1952 a new series of aluminum 1, 5 and 10 Pfennig coins was introduced.  The obverse showing the denomination was basically unchanged, however the new reverse designs featured a compass, hammer and two ears of grain.  The compass represented the intelligentsia, who were supposed to be leading the workers (hammer) and farmers (grain). The new designs were issued only two years: 1952 and 1953.  After the reunification of Germany, the East German coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted.
Item EGER-SET4 EAST GERMANY 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 PFENNIG 1948-50 VF $7.00
Item EGER-SET3 EAST GERMANY 3 COIN SET 1 - 10 PFENNIG 1952-53 VF-XF $5.00


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