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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



ST. PETER ON SILVER COINS OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF TRIER

Trier silver Petermenger KM176The Archbishopric of Trier was one of the most powerful in Germany.  The position held special privileges as it was one of only seven electors who chose the Holy Roman Emperor  and controlled the territory between France and the Rhine. This silver 3 Albus coin of Trier is called a Petermenger.  One side of the coin depicts St. Peter in the clouds holding a key.  The other side has the arms of the Archbishop.  The coin is approximately 23mm in diameter.  Johann Hugo von Orsbeck was Archbishop  Trier from 1675 until his death in 1711. He helped chose Joseph I as the successor to Leopold the Hogmouth as Holy Roman Emperor.   He ruled during  a difficult period of time for Trier.   France, under Louis XIV, repeatedly invaded and occupied Trier.  Johann Hugo issued silver Petermengers from 1691 to 1695 with the date on the front, and again from 1706 to 1709 with the date on the back.
Item TRIER-JOHANN TRIER SILVER PETERMENGER 1691-1709 JOHANN HUGO F $32.00




PRUSSIAN SILVER 5 MARKS OF KAISER WILHELM II  Restocked

Prussia silver 5 Mark Wilhelm II Bare head KM523 Prussia silver 5 Mark Wilhelm II Bare head KM523
Kaiser Wilhelm (William) II was both the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Germany.  The title Kaiser (as well as the title Czar) is derived from the ancient Roman title of Caesar. Bombastic and impetuous, Wilhelm made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics without consulting his ministers (good thing he did not have Twitter).  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 dragged 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  in the Netherlands.   Both his titles of Kaiser of German and King of Prussia appear on these silver 5 Mark coins of Prussia.  Both coins are 38mm in diameter, struck in .900 fine silver and contain .8037 troy ounces of silver.  The coins have a lettered edge reading   "GOTT MIT UNS" (God with us).  The crowned German Imperial Eagle is on the reverse of the coins.  The 5 Mark coins issued from 1891 to 1908 feature Wilhelm's head.   In 1913 Prussia introduced a new portrait of Wilhelm wearing a military uniform.   Perhaps it was an indication of the Kaiser's increasingly militaristic outlook. The coin was struck only two years, 1913 and 1914.  Germany's entry into World War I brought an end to the series, making it the last silver 5 Mark of Prussia and of Wilhelm II.  
Item PRUS-5M-T1 PRUSSIA 5 MARK BARE HEAD 1891-1908 KM523 F-VF $40.00
Item PRUS-MILIT PRUSSIA 5 MARK MILITARY BUST 1913-14 KM536 VF-XF $45.00




FIRST SILVER MARK OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Germany 1 Mark 1873-1887 KM7This silver 1 Mark was introduced in 1873, shortly after Germany was unified under Kaiser Wilhelm.  One side of the coin had the denomination and date within an oak wreath.  The reverse featured the crowned German Eagle.   The 24mm coin was struck in .900 fine silver and contains .1606 troy ounces of silver.  It was minted until 1887, when the reverse design was revised.
Item DE-1M GERMAN EMPIRE 1 MARK 1873-1887 KM7 VG-Fine $8.00




GERMAN EMPIRE COIN SET INCLUDES SILVER  

German Empire 6 coin set: 1 Pfennig - 1 Mark 1874-1919In 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 six-coin set includes the silver 1 Mark, which was minted from 1873 until 1916; the silver 1/2 Mark, minted from 1905 to 1919; the copper-nickel 5 and 10 Pfennig and the copper 1 and 2 Pfennig, which were minted from 1874 to 1916.  All six coins feature the Imperial German Eagle on the reverse and the denomination on the obverse.  The coins grade Fine or Extra Fine. 
Item DE-EMP-SET6 GERMANY EMPIRE 6 COIN SET 1 PFENNIG - 1 MARK 1874-1919 F-XF $24.00



GERMAN WORLD WAR I ERA COIN SET 

Germany 1 Pfennig aluminum, 5 Pfennig iron, 10 Pfennig iron, 10 Pfennig zinc 1915-1922Because 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 4 COIN SET, 1 - 10 PFENNIG 1915-1922 VF $6.50



LAST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE  Restocked

German Empire silver 1/2 & 1 Mark KM17 & KM14German Empire silver 1/2 & 1 Mark KM17 & KM14With 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 Uncirculated.  The coins in circulated sets grade Very Fine to Extra Fine and date from about 1900 to 1919.  The Uncirculated coins date from the war years of 1914 to 1918. With the outbreak of World War I, the coins were extensively hoarded, thus are available today at reasonable prices.
Item DE-SSET2U GERMANY SILVER 1/2 & 1 MARK 1914-1918 KM17 & KM14 UNC. $27.50
Item DE-SSET2C GERMANY SILVER 1/2 & 1 MARK 1914-1919 KM17 & KM14 VF-XF (CIRCULATED) $16.00



MAGNIFICENT GERMAN EMPIRE & WEIMAR REPUBLIC NOTES OF GERMANY

Germany 100 Mark 1908 P34 Green Seal

These large, beautiful German notes were issued before, during and after World War I by both the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.  The blue 100 Mark is dated 1908   Regardless of when the notes were actually printed, they always carried the original date. The notes issued by the German Empire have a red seal and serial numbers.  The Weimar Republic continued to issue the notes with the same date and designs from 1918 to 1922, but with a green seal and serial number.  The 100 Mark note features the crowned imperial German eagle on one side.  The other side features allegorical figures representing industry and agriculture holding a large portrait of the Norse goddess Freya. Freya is associated with gold, love, sex, beauty, war and death.  Her name is the basis of the day of the week Friday.  The note measures 160x105mm.  When first issued in 1910 the note was worth about $24 (which had the buying power of about $600 today!).  By the end of 1922 it was worth less than a cent.  These unusual "multi-government" notes are impressive pieces of historical currency.
Item PM-DE-100M-EMP GERMAN EMPIRE 100 MARK 1908 RED SEAL P33 F-VF $7.00
Item PM-DE-100M-REP GERMAN REPUBLIC 100 MARK 1908 (1918-1922) GREEN SEAL P34 F-VF $6.00


1910 GERMAN EMPIRE BANKNOTE SET Restocked


Germany 1910 banknote set: 20, 50, 100 & 1000 Mar, P40, P41, P42, P44k
In 1910 Germany released four beautiful banknotes dated April 21, 1910.  The notes, issued by the Reichsbank were initially backed by gold.  The 20, 50 and 1000 Mark notes copied the designs of previous issues.  The blue 20 Mark featured a German Eagle at the upper right and measures 136x90mm. The pink and green 50 Mark note has the head of Germania at the upper right and left corners.  It is 150x100mm.  A totally new and very impressive 100 Mark note was released.  The front of the blue note features the heads of Mercury and Ceres and the German imperial crown.  The back 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 over-sized note is 207mm x 102 mm (8.25” x 4”) and includes a watermark of German Emperor Wilhelm I.   The brown 1000 Mark notes features the allegorical figures of navigation and agriculture flanking the imperial German arms. The over-sized note is 187mm x 110mm (7.3” x 4.3”) and is printed on special ridged hemp paper containing blue silk threads.  The notes have red Reichsbank seals.  All together the four notes would have been equivalent to almost 13.5 ounces of gold!  Unfortunately, the Reichsbank stopped converting notes to gold when World War I broke out, and within a few years the notes lost all their value due to inflation.
Item PM-DE-1910 GERMANY SET OF 4 NOTES, 20-1000 MARKS 1910 P40,41,42 & P44 Fine-VF $19.75



NewHISTORIC GERMAN BANKNOTE SET:  1 MARK - 10 MILLION MARK, 1910-1923

Germany set of 16 banknotes 1 Mark - 10 Million Mark, 1910-1923
This set features 16 historic German government banknotes, dating from 1910 to 1923.  Included are notes from the German Empire, World War I, Weimar Republic and notes of the 1922-1923 hyperinflation.  Values range from 1 Mark to 10 Million Mark.  The earlier notes are nicely engraved. The later notes have simple designs and are printed only on one side.  The collection is an excellent lesson on what happens when a government issues too much unbacked currency. 
Item PM-DE-SET16 GERMANY 16 NOTE SET, 1 MARK - 10 MILLION MARK 1910 – 1923 F-XF $32.00





WORLD WAR I BANKNOTES OF GERMANY

Germany 1 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P51Germany 50 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P49Germany 20 Mark banknote4.11.1915 P63Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
This set includes four attractive and historic banknotes issued by Germany during World War I. The war caused a major strain on Germany's monetary system.  People hoarded coins and large sums were needed to pay for the war effort.  The Reichsbank continued to issue some notes that were supposedly backed by gold, they were insufficient to keep with the demand for money needed for the war effort.  A new series of notes without any backing, called Darlehnskassenschein was released.  The notes were technically an interest-free loan to the government.  The two types of notes circulated together at par.  The 1 and 50 Mark Darlehnskassenschein notes are dated August 1914, just a few months after the war had started.  The small 1 Mark note was issued to replace the silver Mark coins that disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.  It measures 95x60mm and has an unusual embossed seal.  The 50 Mark note measures 150x100mm.  The front has underprints of a sword and crown on the left and the imperial German arms on the right.  The Reichsbank issued a 20 Mark note dated November 4, 1915.  It was one of the few Reichsbank issues dated during World War I.  The front of the handsome blue note features two men pouring coins from cornucopias.  The back depicts a man rolling up his sleeves for work during the day and a woman sleeping at night. The note measures 140 x 90mm.  The dark brown 20 Mark note dated February 20 1918 was the last Darlehnskassenschein note issue of World War I. The front depicts the heads of Minerva at the left and Mercury at the right.  The back features a knight in armor and an allegorical woman. The note measures 140x90mm. 
Item PM-DE-WWISET4 SET OF 4 WORLD WAR I GERMAN BANKNOTES, Fine $19.75



NewEMERGENCY WORLD WAR I BANKNOTE OF KIEL

Kiel 10 Mark October 15, 1918 notgeld noteThis 10 Mark note was issued by the German city of Kiel in the closing days of World War I.  It is dated October 15, 1918, less than a month before the end of the War.  Kiel, located on the strategically important Kiel Canal which connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, was a major base of the Imperial German Navy. By 1918 Germany was in a near hopeless position.  The Americans had entered the war against Germany. Morale of its citizens and armed forces was low.  The economy was a wreck. It could not produce food to feed its populace nor produce enough arms to continue fighting.  On October 24, 1918 the order was given for the German fleet to attack the Royal Navy in hopes of gaining a stronger negation position for favorable peace terms.  Seeing the hopelessness of their situation, sailors of the German High Seas Fleet instead mutinied. By November 4, the sailors, joined by soldiers and workers had taken over the entire city of Kiel, taking control of both military and public institutions. Revolts quickly spread to other cities throughout Germany. On November 11, Germany having been abandoned by its allies and tittering on collapse signed the armistice bringing an end to World War I.  The note was an emergency issue that was to expire on May 1, 1919, less than seven months after its issue date.   It measures 136x87mm and depicts the Kiel city hall on the back.  It is a little known but historic note issued during a turbulent period of history.
Item PM-KIEL KIEL, GERMANY 10 MARK NOTE, 1919 UNC. $5.00



NewLAST BANKNOTE OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Germany 50 Mark banknote 1919 P66This attractive 50 Mark note is the last note of the German Empire. It is dated June 23, 1919, some seven months after Germany's defeat in World War I and less than 7 weeks before the signing of the new constitution in Weimar which formally ended the German Empire and ushered in the weak and chaotic Weimar Republic. The large, green note measures 153x102mm and features an allegorical figure of a woman against a starry background.
Item PM-DE-50M-19C GERMANY 50 MARK NOTE 1919 P66 VG-F $3.00

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GERMAN WEIMAR REPUBLIC BANKNOTE

Germany 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 100 Mark note features two images of the head of the “Bamberg Horseman”. The horseman is an impressive 13th century sculpture in the Bamberg Cathedral.  The Bamberg Horsman depicts a famous king, however which king it is is a matter of debate. The note is dated November 1, 1920, measures 162x108mm and includes the red Weimar crest.
Item PM-DE-100M-20 GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine $3.00

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INFLATION COINS OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC

Germany aluminum 200 Mark 1923 KM35Germany aluminum 500 Mark 1923 KM36
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 mid November a loaf of  bread cost 80 Billion Mark!  The 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 coins are Uncirculated.
Item DE-200M GERMANY 200 MARK 1923 KM35 UNC. $5.00
Item DE-500M GERMANY 500 MARK 1923 KM36 BU $15.00
Item DE-INFLAT2 SET OF ABOVE 2 COINS: 200 & 500 MARK 1923 KM35 & KM36 BU $19.00



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
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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




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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


NEWUNUSUAL 1925 GERMAN REPLACEMENT "DOUBLE" BONDS

Germany - Weimar Republic 200 Reichsmark 1925 replacement bond
These unusual 1925 German Replacement bonds are in effect two bonds in one!   Germans invested heavily in war bonds during World War I. Following the war many Germans were forced to buy government bonds in an effort by the German government to raise money to pay the heavy war reparations forced on Germany by the Allies.  The 1922-1923 German hyperinflation completely wiped out the value of the bonds and left Germans impoverished.  After the value of the Mark was stabilized in 1924 Germans were partially compensated for their losses with these 1925 Replacement Bonds.  The conversion rate between the old bonds and replacement bonds was between 2 1/2 and 15 percent, so the they still lost a lot, but at least they got something to help quiet the unhappy citizens.  The Replacement bonds are in effect two bonds in one.  The left-hand side is a debenture that was not to be repaid until after all the war reparations payment had been made.  The right-hand side had side was a lottery bond in which a portion of the bonds would be drawn each year and redeemed for five times the face value of the bond.   We have these unusual replacement bonds in five different denominations: 12 1/2 Reichsmark, 25 Reichsmark, 50 Reichsmark, 100 Reichsmark and 200 Reichsmark.  All the denominations have the same basic design. The large-size bonds measure 42 x 29.5cm (16.5" x 11.5") are folded in the center. The bonds are almost Uncirculated.  A punch cancellation is in the border.  They are an interesting and unusual piece of German economic history.
Item BND-DE-SET25 SET OF 5 GERMAN 1925 REPLACEMENT BONDS, 12 1/2 - 200 REICHSMARK, AU-cancelled $15.00
Item BND-DE-25x1 SINGLE GERMAN 1925 REPLACEMENT "DOUBLE" BOND, Joel's Choice AU-cancelled $5.00



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 $13.00

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 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $24.00

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 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $19.00

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-94NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $26.00

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Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $79.50



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 out



NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET  Restocked

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 in the Nazi 8 coin set listed above).
Item DE-NAZISET14 NAZI GERMAN 14 COIN SET 1 REICHSPFENNIG - 5 REICHSMARK 1934-44 VF $110.00


NAZI GERMAN CURRENCY

The following notes were used in Nazi Germany throughout World War II and remained legal tender until 1948.  The notes bear two dates: the date the note was first authorized, and the date the issuing bank was authorized to issue currency. Unlike coins, the date is not the year the note was printed.  These Reichsbank notes were supposedly backed by gold.  

Germany 100 Reichsmark note 1935 P183
The 1935 100 Reichsmark features a large swastika underprint at the center. To the right is Justus von Liebig, a 19th century German chemist who is "Father of the Fertilizer Industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient.  The back depicts allegorical figures.
 Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMK  GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK NOTE 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


Germany 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark features the portrait and watermark of 19th century Prussian politician and banker David Hansemann.  The back features a portrait of Mercury and two small children.  The design does not include a swastika.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. 
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARKNOTE 1933 P182 VG-VF $10.00

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Germany 20 Reichmark note 1929 P181
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The 20 Reichsmark note dated 1929 portrays Ernst Werner Siemens, the 19th century German industralist and inventor who founded the Siemens A.G. which has expanded into a multi-national company producing a wide range products. The back features children holding tools and a worker carrying a hammer.  It has a watermark of Siemans at the left and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.  The note continued in circulation throughout World War II.
Item PM-DE-NAZI20RMK-29 GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P181 F-VF $4.00

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Germany 10 Reichmark note 1929 P180
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The 10 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Thaer, a 19th Century German agriculturalist who applied scientific principles to agriculture and set up one of the first agricultural colleges.  The back features two children and a woman carrying a sickle.  The note is dated January 22, 1929.  It has a watermark of Thaer at the right and an embosed seal near the lower left corner.
Item PM-DE-NAZI10RMK GERMANY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P180 F-VF $3.00

NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHMARK NOTE FEATURES HITLER YOUTH  

Germany 5 Reichsmark note, 1942 P186
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Nazi Germany introduced this 5 Reichmark note in 1942 to replace the silver 5 Reichsmark coins which were disappearing from circulation due to hoarding.  The front of the note features a German young man, along with a small eagle and swastika. The back depicts a woman with a sickle and a man with a wood plane, representing farming and industry.   Between them is a vignette of the Brunswick Cathedral and the Brunswick Lion statue.  The Lion was commissioned by Henry the Lion about 1166AD.  The statue is the oldest, preserved large sculpture from the Middle Ages north of the Alps. The note measures 140x70mm and is brown.  The left side features a watermark of the numeral "5".
Item PM-DE-5RMK NAZI GERMANY 5 REICSHMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 VG-VF $12.00




NAZI GERMAN 1 RENTENMARK NOTE Price Reduced

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173
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In 1937 Nazi Germany introduced a 1 Rentenmark note, in order to replace the nickel 1 Reichsmark coin. The coin was to be withdrawn so that the nickel could be used in the upcoming war efforts.  The Rentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark, however it was issued by the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank and the currency was theoretically backed by land rather than by gold. The note has the embossed seal of the Rentenbank at the lower right hand corner. The note is technically Uncirculated, but may have had slight mishandling over the past 80 or so years, so we call it AU-UNC.
Item PM-DE-1RNTMKU NAZI GERMANY 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 1937 P173 AU-UNC. $10.00





NEWNAZI OCCUPATION CURRENCY

Germany 5 Reichsmark World War II Occupation note, PR138
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In order to control inflation and limit currency flows, a special currency, called Reichskreditkassenschein was created for use in the nations overrun by Hitler's forces.   The notes were denominated in German Reichsmark but could only be spent in an occupied country, but not in Germany. German troops were paid in these notes, thus effectively forcing the occupied nations to finance the cost of their occupation.  The undated notes were issued from 1940 to 1945.   The 5 Reichsmark note depicts the head of farmer shouldering a scythe and the head of a worker shouldering a hammer on the front.  The back depicts the Neue Wache building in Berlin.  Originally built in 1816 as a guard house for the Prussian royal palace, since 1931 it has served as a war memorial.
Item PM-DE-R138 NAZI GERMAN OCCUPATION 5 REICHSMARK NOTE, PR138 F-VF $6.00




WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 

German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM38German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40
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Wehrmacht military currency was used by Nazi Germany to pay its troops during the final months of World War II.  The notes are dated September 15, 1944. Soldiers were paid in military scrip while in transit. When a soldier arrived at his post the notes could be converted to the local currency or occupation notes. The notes all have similar designs. The front includes a small Eagle holding a Swastika and the inscription "VERRECHNUNGSSEN FÜR DIE DEUTSCHE WEHRMACHT" (Clearing notes for German Armed Forces) The back of the note includes regulations and instructions on how to use the notes.They are interesting and historic pieces of World War II military history.
Item PM-DE-MILIT1 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 1 REICHSMARK 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00
Item PM-DE-MILIT10 GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY 10 REICHSMARK 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $25.00


NAZI GERMAN BONDS

Nazi Germany bonds: 100 Reichsmark 1935, 500 Reichsmark 1935, 1000 Reichsmark 1936, Thuringia 500 Reichsmark 1942, Thuringia 1000 Reichsmark 1942
Embossed Nazi Emblem on 1942 German BondsThese bonds were issued by Nazi Germany between 1935 and 1942.  The bonds had a lottery aspect, with a portion of the bonds being drawn each year for repayment.   The 1935 and 1936 bonds were issued by the Reich Debt Administration and carry a nominal interest rate of 4 1/2%.  The 1935 issue bear, the Reich’s eagle from the Weimar Republic, the 1936 have the Nazi Eagle & Swastika emblem.  The 1942 bonds were issued by the state of Thuringia with a nominal interest rate of 3 1/2%.  They have the embossed Nazi eagle & swastika emblem.   The bonds measure approximately 8.5" x 11.75" (21cm x 29.5cm) and have been canceled by a single hole punch.  The bonds have a remarkable history.  Having been stored in the impenetrable safe of the Reichsbank in Berlin, they survived the Second World War unscathed by bombings. Even during the years of the German Democratic Republic they went largely untouched.  In 2015 the German Ministry of Finance had the bonds sold at auction, with the proceeds going to the Nazi Crimes Compensation Fund.  They are remarkable and historic items of Nazi German economic history.
Item BND-DE35-100 NAZI GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK BOND, 1935 AU $5.00
Item BND-DE35-500 NAZI GERMANY 500 REICHSMARK BOND, 1935 AU $5.00
Item BND-DE36-1000 NAZI GERMANY 1000 REICHSMARK BOND, 1936 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE42-500 NAZI GERMANY-THURINGIA 500 REICHSMARK BOND, 1942 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE42-1000 NAZI GERMANY-THURINGIA 1000 REICHSMARK BOND, 1942 AU $8.00
Item BND-DE-ALL ALL 5 OF THE ABOVE NAZI GERMAN BONDS, AU $29.00


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ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY FOR OCCUPIED GERMANY

 Germany, Allied Military Currency 50 Mark 1944 P196d
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The Allied Military currency for Germany was created by the United States for use in Germany after the defeat of the Nazis. The notes are dated 1944 and have a simple design, with the denomination and legends in German on the front and a large letter “M” for  Mark, on the back.  As the Soviet Union participated in the occupation of Germany, they demanded that they too print a portion of the notes.  After great debate, the United States gave into the Soviet demand, and provided them with glass plates, inks, paper and specimen notes.  The Soviets then proceeded to print vast quantities of the notes, without regard to the wishes of the other allies, fueling inflation in the war-torn country.  There are however a few very minor differences that distinguish the United States issues and the Soviet issues.  The United States issues were printed by Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company (Forbes Printing) in Massachusetts, and contain secret mark:  a tiny letter “F” hidden in the scrollwork. The exact location varied by denomination.  The plates provided to the Soviets did not have that “F”, so it is lacking on the Soviet issues.  The Soviets did not have serial numbering equipment capable to print nine-digit number, so they combined a three digit and a six-digit block for their printings, which causes a slight gap between the third and fourth digits.  Forbes used a dash for the first digit to signify a replacement note.  The samples provided the Soviets were replacement notes, so initially all the Soviet issues had a dash for the first digit of the serial number – until they printed so many notes that they needed all 9 digits.  In 1948 the Allied Military Currency was withdrawn and replaced with the currency of West Germany and East Germany.     We are pleased to offer the following the following selection historic Allied Military Currency notes used in the occupation of Germany.
Item PM-DE-50MS GERMANY 50 MARK ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY Soviet issue 1944 P196d F-VF-spots $15.00


COMPLETE SET OF SCARCE SAARLAND COINS

Saarland 4 coin set, 10 - 100 Franken 1954-1955 KM1-4Saar is an important center for coal mining and heavy industry located in Germany along the French border.  Most of its citizens are of German ancestry.  Following World War II, France occupied the region and tried to establish Saarland as a separate nation in an effort to cripple Germany's industrial base.  France assumed control of its foreign affairs and even issued coins for Saarland.  The coins were struck at the Paris mint and were the same size and composition as the contemporary French coins. Soon after the coins were issued, Saarland voted to reunite with Germany, bringing an end to brief coin issue. We are pleased to offer a complete set of the only four coins ever issued by Saarland.  The set includes the 1954 aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50 Franken and the 1955 copper-nickel 100 Franken.  The aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50 Franken feature a stylized factory spewing out pollution and the Saarland arms on the obverse.  The copper-nickel 100 Franken has the arms within a circle.  The reverses of all the coins have the denomination in German and the date.  Perhaps it should have been a clue to the French when they had to put the legends in German that Saarland would not remain under French control.
Item SAAR-SET4 SAARLAND 4 COIN SET 10-100 FRANKEN 1954-55 XF $75.00



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 MedalDISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

The Distinguished Service Medals depict 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 out


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 MedalFAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL

The Faithful Service Medals depict 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 out
Item EGER-MED-20SVC EAST GERMANY "GOLD" 20 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL out




GERMANY CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY OF UNIFICATION 

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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