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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


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. 
Item DE-SSET2 GERMAN EMPIRE SILVER 1/2 AND 1 MARK 1873-1919 VG-XF $16.00



GERMAN WORLD WAR I ERA 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



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 note is dated November 1, 1920 and includes the red Weimar crest.  It grades Fine.

Item PM-DE-100M GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine $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. $12.50



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


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


1923 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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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 F-VF out
Item DE-82 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK 1934, 1st. ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE KM82 F-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 $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

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Item DE-SSET SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $86.00




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 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 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 $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 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, 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

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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 COMMEMORATIVE COINS

East Germany 20 Mark 1983 100th anniversary of death of Karl Marx KM93EAST GERMANY 20 MARK 1979 30th ANNIVERSARY KM75
Karl Marx and the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) are commemorated on these copper-nickel 20 Mark coins of East Germany.   The head of Marx and his signature is on one side of the 1983 coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death.  The reverse features the arms of East Germany and Marx’s famous quote  “DIE PHILOSOPHEN HABEN DIE WELT NUR VERSCHIEDEN INTERPRETIERT; ES KOMMT ABER DARAUF AN, SIE ZU VERÄNDERN”  (The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.).   The quote is the final line in his 1845 work Theses on Feuerbach .  The 1979 coin commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the East German Regime features the head of a man and a woman in front of a chemical factory.  The reverse depicts the East German Arms and the denomination. Both coins are 33mm in diameter and have a lettered edge indicating the denomination. Both were minted at the Berlin mint and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item EGER-MARX EAST GERMANY 20 MARK 1983 KARL MARX KM93 BU $18.00
Item EGER-ANNV EAST GERMANY 20 MARK 1979 30th ANNIVERSARY, KM75 BU $15.00


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