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GERMAN COINS AND CURRENCY

Including coins and notes of the German Empire, Weimar Republic Inflationary period, Third Reich and East Germany


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



LAST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE 

German Empire silver 1/2 Mark and 1 Mark coinsWith Germany’s defeat in World War I, the German Empire, also known as the 2nd Reich, came to an end. This set includes the two last silver coins issued by the German Empire: the 1/2 Mark and 1 Mark. Both feature the crowned Germanic Eagle on one side and the denomination on the other. The 1 Mark was minted from 1873 to 1916.  The 1/2 Mark was minted from 1905 until 1919. The 1/2 Mark is about the size of a nickel, the 1 Mark is about the size of a quarter. Both are struck in .900 fine silver.  We offer the set in two grades: Circulated and Brilliant Uncirculated.  The coins in circulated sets grade Very Good to Extra Fine and often include earlier dates.  The Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins date from 1914 to 1919 and are in their original mint condition.  
Item DE-SSET2C GERMAN EMPIRE SILVER 1/2 AND 1 MARK 1873-1919 Circulated (VG-XF) $18.00
Item DE-SSET2BU GERMAN EMPIRE SILVER 1/2 AND 1 MARK 1914-1919 KM17 & KM14 Brilliant Uncirculated $35.00



MAGNIFICENT LARGE 1910 IMPERIAL GERMAN BANK NOTES Restocked

Inmperial German 100 Mark note 1910Inmperial German 1000 Mark note 1910
NOTES DISPLAYED AT REDUCED SIZE
These old German 100 and 1000 Mark notes dated 1910 are large and impressive! The back of the beautiful 100 Mark note pictures a seated figure of Germania holding a sword under an oak tree.  At her feet are symbols of industry, farming and commerce, while three battle ships steam by.  The front features the heads of Mercury and Ceres and the German imperial crown.  The over-sized note is 207mm x 102 mm (8.25" x 4") and includes a watermark of German Emperor Wilhelm I.  The 1000 Mark note features the allegorical figures of Navigation and agriculture flanking the imperial German arms. The over-sized note is 187mm x 110mm and is printed in various shades of brown on special ridged paper containing silk threads.  Both notes are dated April 21, 1910 though they continued to be issued with that date until 1922. They are impressive old notes at a moderate price.
Item PM-DE-100M-10 GERMANY 100 MARK NOTE 1910 P42 or P43 VG-F $6.00
Item PM-DE-1000M-10 GERMANY 1000 MARK NOTE 1910 P44 or P45 VF $5.00


PRUSSIAN SILVER 3 & 5 MARK COINS OF KAISER WILHELM II

Prussia 5 Mark 1891-1908 KM523Prussia 3 Mark 1908-1912 KM527These regular issue silver 3 and 5 Mark coins from Prussia features Kaiser (King) Wilhelm (William) II on the obverse and the imperial German Eagle on the reverse. They have a lettered edge "GOTT MIT UNS" (God with us).  Both coins are struck in .900 fine silver.  Wilhelm was both the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Germany. Though he married the eldest daughter of British Queen Victoria, and professed a deep friendship for the British, his impulsive and confused foreign policy and alliances with the Austro-Hungarian Empire brought Germany into the World War I against Britain. After Germany's loss in the war, he was forced to abdicate and lived his remaining days in seclusion in the Netherlands. The 5 Mark is 38mm in diameter coin and contains .8037 troy ounces of silver.  It was issued from 1891 to 1908.  The 3 Mark is 33mm in diameter and contains .4792 troy ounces of silver. It  was issued from 1908 until 1912.   The coins grade Fine to Very Fine.
Item PRUS-5MARK PRUSSIA 5 MARK 1891-1908 KM523 F-VF out
Item PRUS-3MARK PRUSSIA 3 MARK 1908-1912 KM527 F-VF $30.00



A COIN SET 

Germany World War I era coin setBecause of the difficulty in obtaining nickel and copper needed for coins due to World War I, Germany made a number of changes in their coinage.  In 1917 the copper 1 Pfennig was switched to aluminum and shrunk in size.  It was discontinued shortly after that.  The copper 2 Pfennig was discontinued due to the war.  The copper-nickel 5 Pfennig was changed to iron in 1915 and continued to be produced until 1922.   The copper-nickel 10 Pfennig was produced in two metals: iron, starting in 1916, and zinc starting in 1917.  Both continued to be struck until 1922.  All the coins had the denomination on one side and the imperial German Eagle on the other.   This World War I era four coin set includes the aluminum 1 Pfennig, iron 5 Pfennig and both the iron and zinc 10 Pfennig in Very Fine of better condition.
Item DE-WWISET GERMANY WWI 4 COIN SET, 1915-1922 VF $6.00



END OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE & BEGINNING OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC

Germany 50 Mark 1919 banknoteGermany 100 Mark note, 1920
The Weimar Republic was formed after the defeat of the German Empire in World War I.  Its early years were a tumultuous period of uprisings, riots and massive inflation.  It is named after the city where the new German constitution was written and adopted in August, 1919, and lasted until the rise of the Nazis in 1933.   The 50 Mark note dated July 24, 1919 was the last banknote of the German Empire.  Though the armistice had been signed some months earlier, the country was in transition and the notes still bore the crowned imperial eagle crest.  The note features the portrait of a young woman wearing flowers in her hair.  It saw considerable circulation, and grades VG.     The 100 Mark note is dated November 1, 1920 and includes two rea seals featuring the Weimar crest. The note has two vignettes of the head of the "Bamberg Horseman".  The horseman is an impressive 13th century sculpture in the Bamberg Cathedral.   It grades VG to Fine.
Item PM-DE-50M GERMANY-IMPERIAL 50 MARK NOTE, 1919 P66 VG $4.00
Item PM-DE-100M GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 VG-F $3.00



INFLATION COINS OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC

Germany - Weimar Republic aluminum 50 Pfennig                    Germany aluminum 200 Mark 1923 KM35Germany aluminum 500 Mark 1923 KM36
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.  When introduced one could buy about 2 loaves of bread with a 50 Pfennig coin. 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. During 1923 Germany suffered from some of the worst inflation the world had ever seen.  In order to keep up with rapidly increasing prices, two new high denomination coins were introduced at the beginning of the year, the 200 Mark and 500 Mark. Both coins were struck in aluminum and had similar designs.  One side featured the denomination. The other featured the German Eagle.  At the beginning of the year the two coins (700 Mark) would buy a loaf of bread.  By the end mid November bread cost 80 Billion Mark!   All three coins are Uncirculated.
Item DE-50PF GERMANY 50 PFENNIG 1919-1922 KM27 UNC. $5.00
Item DE-INFLATSET GERMANY 200 & 500 MARK 1923 KM35 & 36 UNC. $18.00



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



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


1923 GERMAN INFLATION CURRENCY SETS Restocked

German Reichsbank Inflation notes, August and September 1923              Privately issued banknotes from German Inflationary period of August - September 1923
NOTES DISPLAYED AT REDUCED 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 5 Million Mark note grades XF to AU, the other seven notes are AU to Uncirculated.

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, XF-UNC. $48.00
Item PM-DE-STINNES GERMANY STINNES LINES 1, 5 & 10 MILLION MARK NOTES, 1923 UNC $19.50



GERMAN INFLATION NOTE SET

Germany 50,000 Mark, November 19, 1922Germany 100,000 Mark, February 1, 1923Germany 20,000 Mark, February 20, 1923Germany 1 Million Mark, February 20, 1923
Germany’s inflation rate started soaring in 1922.  The price of a loaf of bread went from 3.50 Mark in June 1922 to 80 Billion Mark a loaf in November 1923. The German government printed ever higher denominations to keep up with the demand for money, which only made inflation worse.  We are pleased to present this selection of historic notes from Germany's hyper-inflation period.  This set of four large size notes includes the 50,000 Mark note dated November 1922.  At the time it was the largest denomination Germany had ever issued, yet within a year it was virtually worthless.  Also included is the 20,000, 100,000 and 1 Million Mark notes dated February 1923.  The 50,000 and 100,000 notes bear the portraits of wealthy 16th century German merchants and are tinted on the right side as an anti-counterfeiting measure.   The 1 Million Mark note is blank on the back.   All the notes are printed on special watermarked paper.  The massive inflation wiped out the wealth of the German middle class, paving the way for Hitler’s rise to power. The notes are attractive and historic reminders of what happens when a government creates too much money!  The notes all grade VF or better.
Item PM-DE-SET4  SET OF 4 GERMAN INFLATION NOTES, 20,000 MARK to 1 MILLION MARK, VF $25.00


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GERMAN 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. ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE KM81 VF $19.50
Item DE-82 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK 1934, 1st. ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE KM82 VF $29.50


FIRST NAZI GERMAN COIN  

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 $12.00



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 $20.00

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 $30.00

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Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $85.00



NAZI GERMAN 8 COIN SET

Nazi Germany 8 coin set: 1 - 50 Reichspfennigs 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 bronze 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 $20.00



THE NAZI  ODDBALL – THE ALUMINUM 1935 50 REICHSPFENNIG

Nazi Germany 50 Reichspfennig 1935In 1935 the Nazi’s issued this aluminum 50 Reichspfennig coin.  One side has the denomination. The other features the German imperial eagle rather than the eagle holding the swastika.  The coin was struck only a single year.
Item DE-50RPF NAZI GERMANY ALUMINUM 50 REICHPFENNIG, 1935 KM87 F-VF $3.50



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 bronze 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, and the aluminum 50 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


NAZI GERMAN ARBEITSBUCH EMPLOYMENT BOOK Restocked

Nazi German Arbeitsbuch (Employment book) Type 1Nazi German Arbeitsbuch (Employment book) Type 2All workers in Nazi Germany were required to have an Arbeitsbuch ("labor book"). The Arbeitsbuch was an employment identification document that served as an internal passport and identity document.  Each book is different, revealing the unique history of its owner, including the person’s name, birth date and birth place as well as information on the person’s father along with the owners work history during the Nazi regime.  We have two types of Arbeitsbuch books. Both types have brown covers and are approximately 10.5cm x 15cm (4" x 6"). The first type which was issued from 1935 until late 1930's.  The cover features a weimer eagle in the center and a swastika in each of the four corners. These books usually contain 32 pages.  The weimer eagle appears on each page.  The second type was issued starting the late 1930's (there is an overlap period when both types were issued),  The cover of the second type featues a Nazi Eagle holding a Swastika.  The Eagle and Swastika is featured on each page of the book.  These books usually contain 38 pages.  These genuine, original Arbeitsbuch books are scarce and historic Nazi German items.
Item NAZI-BOOK1 NAZI ARBEITSBUCH EMPLOYMENT BOOK, TYPE 1 (WEIMER EAGLE) $60.00
Item NAZI-BOOK2 NAZI ARBEITSBUCH EMPLOYMENT BOOK, TYPE 2 (EAGLE & SWASTIKA) $75.00

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NAZI GERMAN ARBEITSFRONT BOOK (LABOR UNION MEMBERSHIP DUES BOOK) Restocked

Nazi Germany Arbeitsfront (Labor union membership and dues book)  Reduced size images  Sample page in Nazi German Arbeitsfront showing union dues stamps 
After coming to power in 1933 the Nazi’s closed down existing trade unions and seized their assets.  They created a new labor organization under Nazi control known as Die Deutsche Arbeitsfront  (German Labor Front) or D.A.F.   Membership was voluntary; however it was very difficult to get a job if one was not a member.  Members of the union were issued these Arbeitsfront books to show their membership in the organization and to record their payment of their monthly union dues.  The books had a red cover featuring the Arbeitsfront logo which consisted of a swastika within a gear.   Inside the front cover is a quote by Adolf Hitler.  A special union stamp was used to show the dues paid each month.  The book includes the worker’s name, date and place of birth and other information.  The books are about 10.5cm x 15cm (4" x 6") have 32 pages and will contain a number of union dues stamps cancelled from the mid 1930’s into the 1940’s.  It is a scarce and historic Nazi German item.
Item NAZI-UNIONBOOK NAZI GERMAN ARBEITSFRONT LABOR UNION MEMBERSHIP & DUES BOOK $85.00


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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


EAST GERMAN MILITARY MEDALS

These medals were awarded to members of the East Germany’s armed forces or border patrol.  These 35mm medals come suspended on a pin-back five sided cloth ribbon.  The medals all utilize the same reverse which feature the insignia of the East Germany’s National People’s Army.  The insignia includes the emblem of East Germany surrounded by the legend "FÜR DEN SCHUTZ DER ARBEITER UND BAUERN MACHT" (For the protection of the workers’ and peasants’ power)  Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded.  The gold and silver medals are plated. These medals show virtually no usage. Below is a selection of these rarely seen military awards.  As a bonus, each medal also includes the corresponding ribbon bar.

German Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Bronze Distinguished Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Gold Distinguished Service Medal   German Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Bronze 5 Years of Faithful Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Silver Years of Faithful Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Gold 20 Years of Faithful Service Medal   German Democratic Republic (DDR) Bronze Border Guard Medal of MeritGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) Silver Border Guard Medal of Merit

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL.

Depicts the busts of 1950’s era East German sailor, airman and soldier surrounded by the words "FÜR HERVORRAGENDE VERDIENSTE" (FOR OUTSTANDING MERIT) and  "NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE" (NATIONAL PEOPLE'S ARMY).  It was awarded for "Outstanding merit and personal readiness in support of the increase of combat capability and combat readiness"
Item EGER-MED-DS-B EAST GERMANY BRONZE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL $15.00
Item EGER-MED-DS-G EAST GERMANY "GOLD" DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL $25.00


FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL

Depicts the flag the German Democratic Republic atop the red communist party flag with the legends "FÜR TREUE DIENSTE IN DER NATIONALEN VOLKSARMEE" (For Faithful Service in the National People’s Army)  The bronze medal was awarded for five years of military service, the silver medal was awarded for ten years of military service, a gold medal was awarded for 15 years of military service, a gold medal with colored flags and the Roman numerals XX on the ribbon was awarded for 20 years of military service.
Item EGER-MED-5SVC EAST GERMANY BRONZE 5 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $12.00
Item EGER-MED-10SVC EAST GERMANY "SILVER" 10 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $18.00
Item EGER-MED-20SVC EAST GERMANY "GOLD" 20 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $25.00

BORDER GUARD MEDAL OF MERIT

Depicts an border post and an AK-47 (perhaps to shoot those trying to escape from East Germany) surrounded by the legend "FÜR HERVORRAGENDE VERDENSTE  GRENZTRUPPEN DER DDR" (For outstanding merit   East German Border Guard)
Item EGER-MED-BORD-B EAST GERMANY BRONZE BORDER GUARD MEDAL $20.00
Item EGER-MED-BORD-S EAST GERMANY "SILVER" BORDER GUARD MEDAL $25.00

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Item EGER-MED-SET7 ALL 7 OF THE EAST GERMAN MILITARY MEDALS LISTED ABOVE, Buy the set and save! $95.00

GERMANY CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY OF UNIFICATION Restocked

GERMANY 2 Euros 2015 25th ANNIVERSARY OF UNIFICATIONGermany commemorated the 25th anniversary of the unification of East and West Germany with this circulating 2015 bi-metallic 2 Euro coin.  The obverse shows celebrating the unification in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the legend "WIR SIND EIN VOLK" (We are one people) repeated three times.  The standard 2 Euro design featuring a map of Europe is used on the reverse. The edge includes the inscription translating as "Unity and law and freedom".  The coin was produced by all five of Germany’s mints:  (Berlin=A, Munich= D, Stuttgart = F, Karlsruhe = G, Hamburg = J)  The mintmark is found near the feet of the people. It is probably the most significant commemorative issued by Germany in recent years.
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-ANY GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, Mint of Joel's choice $6.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-A GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, A-Berlin Mint, UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-D GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, D-Munich Mint, UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-F GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, F-Stuttgart Mint, UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-G GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, F-Karlsruhe Mint, UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-J GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, J-Hamburg Mint, UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E15UNIFY-ALL GERMANY 2 EUROS 2015 25th Anniversary of Unification, ALL 5 MINTS UNC. $29.50



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