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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


Click HereA SELECTION OF GERMAN COINS, includes German States, Kaiserreich, Weimar and Federal Republic (West Germany) UpdatedAugust 31


FRIEDRICH THE IRONTOOTH OF BRANDENBURG

Brandenburg, Fredrick II, the Iron, silver bracteate hohlpfennig 1440-1470 Saurma 4675This silver Bracteate Hohlpfennig was issued by Friedrich II (Frederick II) who was the Prince-Elector of the Margravate of Brandenburg from 1440 to 1470. It is believed that he was nicknamed "The Irontooth" or "The Iron" due to his great strength and power.  Friedrich strengthened Brandenburg forming the basis of what was to become Prussia and the German Empire.  The rights of the towns and nobility were curtailed and he regained Neumark (East Brandenburg) from the Teutonic Knights.  The citizens of Berlin revolted when he attempted to build a palace on Colin island in the Spree river.  Friedrich prevailed, built the castle that became the Stadtschloss (Berlin Palace), and the rights of the city were greatly curtailed. The Stadtschloss was torn down by East Germany in the 1950's and is now being rebuilt.  The silver Bracteate Hohlpfennig is an extremely thin and single sided coin wtih a raised rim.  The design is embossed from the reverse.  This coin is approximately 16mm in diameter and features an eagle with outstretched wings.  Because the coins are so thin and fragile, few survive today.
Item BRAND BRANDENBURG SILVER HOHLPFENNIG, FRIEDRICH II 1440-1470, Saurma 4675 F-VF $39.00


NEWMEDIEVAL CITY COINS OF THE MARGARVIATE OF BRANDENBURG

Brandenburg, City of Stendal, silver Hohlpfennig, Friedrich II 1440-1480, Bahrfeldt 19  Brandenburg, City of Stendal, silver Hohlpfennig, Friedrich II 1440-1480, Bahrfeldt 19
These medieval city Hohlpfennigs were issued during the reign of Friedrich II Irontooth, who was Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg from 1440 to 1470.  A Hohlpfennig is a thin silver coin, about 16mm in diameter with a raised rim. The coin design is embossed on one side and incuse on the other. They were widely used in Northern Germany in the late Middle Ages.  The coins depict the arms of the city in which they were struck. The coin from Stendal depicts half an eagle on the left and four diamonds on the right.  Stendal is located about 78 miles (125km) west of Berlin. It the joined Hanseatic League in 1358 and purchased the privilege of minting from the Brandenburg margraves in 1369.  In 1456 Friedrich II founded a convent for Augustinian nuns in the city, which today is a museum.  The Hohlpfennig from Frankfurt an der Oder features a plumed knight's helmet. Frankfurt (Oder) is located about 50 miles (80km.) east of Berlin on the Oder river on what is now the German-Polish border.  It was founded as a Polish town.  In 1249 it became part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg,  The knight's helmet design makes this one of the more interesting Hohlpfennigs.
Item STENDAL STENDAL SILVER HOHLPFENNIG, FRIEDRICH II 1440-70, Bahrfeldt 19 VF-crude $29.50
Item FRANK-O FRANKFURT (ODER) SILVER HOHLPFENNIG, FRIEDRICH II 1440-70, Bahrfeldt 16 VF-crude $33.50



NEWTHE HAND OF GOD ON MEDIEVAL SILVER COIN OF HALL

Schwäbisch Hall silver Hand Heller,circa 1300-1400The right hand of God is featured on the obverse of this undated 14th - 15th century silver Heller of the German town of Schwäbisch Hall (Swabian Hall, or Hall as it is more generally known).  The reverse features a cross.  Both images are taken from the town's coat of arms. The coin was widely accepted throughout central Europe and was called a Heller after the town of its origin. Some say the design represented a divine blessing and good luck, which may have increased its popularity. Since then the term Heller has been widely used for a low denomination coin by numerous German states, Austria and the Czech Republic.  For a time the town prospered mining salt and minting coins.  The town would frequently overstrike other coins.  Eventually they began to debase their coins, and it fell out of favor. Today these coins are commonly called "Hand Hellers".  These Hand Hellers are approximately 17mm, struck in good silver, but tend to be poorly struck and frequently overstruck on earlier coins with parts of the original showing through. It is an historic 14th-15th century silver coin whose name continued to be used into the 21st century - and it might even be lucky and provide a blessing.
Item HALL-HAND HALL SILVER HAND HELLER, circa.1300-1400 VG-CRUDE $15.00




OLD, UNCIRCULATED SILVER KREUZER OF WURTTEMBERG

Wurttemberg silver 1 Kreuzer KM612This silver 1 Kreuzer of the Kingdom Wurttemberg is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The small, attractive coin mintage is remarkably reasonably priced for its condition and low mintage.  Similar United States coins go for many times these prices.  The obverse of the 14mm coin depicts the arms of Wurttemberg, the reverse has the date and denomination within a wreath.  The coin was struck during the reign of Karl I, shortly before Wurttemberg became part of the German Empire in 1871.
Item WURT-1KR-68 WURTTEMBERG 1 KREUZER 1868, Mintage only 118,000 KM612 BU $25.00


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SCARCE SILVER COINS FROM STATES OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Common reverse of German States 5 MarkCommon reverse of German States 2 MarkThe German Empire, also called the Second Reich or the Kaiserreich, lasted from the unification of Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1871 until the abdication of Wilhelm II in 1918 when Germany was defeated in World War I.  The formerly independent German states were allowed to issue coins in denominations of 2 Marks or higher.  The coins were all struck to the same standards.  The 2 Mark was 28mm and contained .3215 troy ounces of silver, the 3 Mark was 33mm and contained .4823 ounces of silver, the 5 Mark was 38mm and contained .8037 troy ounces of silver.  The coins were all struck in .900 fine silver. Most had a common reverse featuring the crowned imperial German Eagle and a lettered edge "GOTT MIT UNS" (God with us).  The smaller states issued only a few coins, most with low mintages, marking special events.  Many coins were melted during World War I, the German Inflation and World War II, making them scarce today.

LAST COIN OF ANHALT CELEBRATES SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Anhalt silver 3 Mark 1914 KM30In 1914 the German Duchy of Anhalt issued what would be one of its last coins.  The silver 3 Mark coin celebrated the 25th Wedding anniversary of Duke Frederick II of Anhalt to Princess Marie of Baden.  The coin depicted both of them on the obverse and the German Imperial Eagle on the reverse.   It was struck at the Berlin mint and had a mintage of 200,000 pieces. Anhalt was a non-contiguous state located between along the Elbe river near the Harz mountains. Portions of it were surrounded by Prussia and Saxony.     Frederick was of the House of Ascania, which was first documented in 1036 and controlled Anhalt since the 13th century. Catherine the Great of Russia was of the House of Ascania.  Frederick died in April 1918, a few months before Germany’s defeat in World War I.
Item ANHALT-WED ANHALT 3 MARK 1914 KM30 SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY UNC. $120.00


NEWBAVARIA COMMEMORATES 90th BIRTHDAY OF PRINCE REGENT LUITPOLD

Bavaria 2, 3 & 5 Mark 1911, 90th Borthday of Prince Regent Luitpold KM997-KM999Bavaria commemorated the 90th birthday of Prince Regent Luitpold with 2, 3 and 5 Mark coins in 1911.  All three coins have the same design featuring the bust of Luitpold.  Luitpold was the regent for Bavarian King Otto King Otto who was the younger brother of "The Mad" King Ludwig II.  On June 10, 1886 the Bavarian cabinet declared Ludwig unable to rule and appointed his uncle Luitpold as Regent.  Three days later Ludwig died under mysterious circumstances and Otto became king.  King Otto was never able to rule as he was immediately declared "melancholic" and Luitpold continued as regent.  It is unclear if Otto's problem was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from his service in the Franco-Prussian War, the ravages of Syphilis, an inherited disorder or if Luitpold and others just wanted him out of the way.  The King was kept locked up and there was no apparent effort to treat him. In 1912 Luitpold died and his son succeeded him as regent.
Item BAV-5M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 5 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM999 UNC $160.00
Item BAV-3M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 3 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM998 UNC $65.00
Item BAV-2M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 2 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM997 UNC $60.00
Item BAV-SET3-LUITPOLD ABOVE 3 BAVARIAN COINS: 2, 3 & 5 MARK LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM997-999 UNC $275.00

NEWHESSE COMMEMORATES 400th ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS

Hesse 2 & 5 Mark 1904, 400th Anniversary of birth of Philip the MagnanimousHESSE commemorated the 400th anniversary of the birth of Philip the Magnanimous with 2 and 5 Mark coins dated 1904.  The coins portray the busts of Philip and Ernst Ludwig, who was the Grand Duke of Hesse.  Below the busts is the date of Philip's birth, November 13, and the years 1504 - 1904.  Phillip met Martin Luther when he was 17 at the Diet of Worms. He was a strong supporter of the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther did not approve of Philip's lifestyle however, stating that lived "constantly in a state of adultery and fornication", which was probably true as he had two wives.   Ernst Ludwig was the grandson of Queen.   His first marriage to his first cousin, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, turned out badly.  Though they were famous for their parties for their young friends (anyone over 30 was too old), they did not get along well.  They would have loud, physical arguments. She went on to spend vast sums in expenses and at the card-tables in Monte Carlo. He was homosexual and that it was said that "no boy was safe, from the stable hands to the kitchen help. He slept quite openly with them all."  Victoria did not approve of divorce, so they remained married until shortly after Victoria died in 1901.  His second marriage however was successful.  After the defeat of Germany in World War I he was forced from the throne.  The 2 Mark has a mintage of 40,000 pieces, the 5 Mark a mintage of only 40,000 pieces.  They are some of the few coins issued by Hesse after the unification of Germany.
Item HESSE-5M-PHIL HESSE 5 MARK 1904 PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS KM373 UNC. $250.00
Item HESSE-2M-PHIL HESSE 2 MARK 1904 PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS KM372 UNC. $120.00

NEWSAXE-WEIMAR-EISANACH HONORS 350th ANNIVERSARY OF JENA UNIVERSITY

Saxe-Weimar-Eisanach silver 2 & 5 Mark coins 1908 Jena Universit, KM219 & KM220.Saxe-Weimar-Eisanach commemorated the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jena University with 2 and 5 Mark coins in 1908.  The university, which is officially named Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena had approximately 1100 students and 112 professors at that time. Today it has almost 19,000 students.  During the 19th century its teaching staff included Gottlieb Fichte, G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich von Schlegel and Friedrich Schiller and counts Karl Marx, Carl Zeiss and Ernst Haeckel as alumni.   Both coins depict Johann Freidrich I the Manganous holding a sword. Johann Freidrich was a strong supporter of Martin Luther. He conceived the university in 1547 while he was being held prisoner by Emperor Charles V. The university was formally established it in 1558 by his sons, four years after his death. The 2 Mark has a mintage of 50,000.  The 5 Mark has a mintage of only 40,000.  The coins are unusual in that they have both raised and incused legends.
Item SWE-5M-JENA SAXE WEIMAR-EISENACH 5 MARK 1908 JENA UNIVERSITY KM220 UNC. $295.00
Item SWE-2M-JENA SAXE WEIMAR-EISENACH 2 MARK 1908 JENA UNIVERSITY KM219 UNC. $130.00

NEWSCHWARZBURG-SONDERHAUSEN HONORS PRINCE KARL GUNTHER

Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen silver 3 Mark coin 1909, death of Prince Karl Gunther KM154Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen was a small, non-contiguous principality in what is now Thuringia.  It had a total area of about 332 sq. miles (862 km²) and a population of 85,000.  In 1909 it issued one of its few coins; a 3 Mark to commemorate the death of Prince Karl Gunther. The prince suffered a serious hunting accident in 1906 and was confined to bed until is death in 1909.  The coin portrays the head of the prince along with the years of his birth and death.  It has a mintage of 70,000 pieces. 
Item SCHWARZBURG SCHWARZBURG-SONDERHAUSEN 3 MARK 1909 KM154 UNC. $195.00


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FIRST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Germany 20 Pfennig coin KM5Germany 50 Pfennig coin KM6Germany 1 Mark coin 1873-1887 KM7
For most if its history Germany was little more than a loose collection of independent and semi-independent states.  The country was finally unified in 1871 under Prussian King Wilhelm I as emperor of Germany.  The first three silver coins of the German Empire were the 20 Pfennig, 50 Pfennig and 1 Mark.   The three coins had similar designs, with the denomination and date on the obverse and the crowned imperial German eagle on the reverse. The 20 Pfennig was struck for only five years, 1873 to 1877. Its small size, it was only 16mm, made it unpopular as it was easy to loose.   The 50 Pfennig was struck only three years, from 1875 to 1877 (and 1877 is rare).  It was also unpopular as it was easily confused with the copper-nickel 10 Pfennig which had the same reverse design, a similar obverse design, and was only 1mm different in size.  The 1 Mark was struck from 1873 until 1887, after which the reverse was revised with a larger imperial eagle. It was 24mm and contained .1606 troy ounces of silver. All three coins were struck in .900 fine silver. 
Item DE-1M GERMAN EMPIRE 1 MARK 1873-1887 KM7 VG-Fine $7.50
Item DE-50P GERMAN EMPIRE 50 PFENNIG 1875-1877 KM6 Fine-VF $12.50
Item DE-20P GERMAN EMPIRE 20 PFENNIG 1873-1876 KM5 VG-Fine out



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



LAST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE  

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 $4.00
Item PM-DE-100M-REP GERMAN REPUBLIC 100 MARK 1908 (1918-1922) GREEN SEAL P34 F-VF $4.00



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



HISTORIC WORLD WAR I BANKNOTES OF GERMANY

Germany 20 Mark Reichsbanknote note 19.2.1914 P46Germany 20 Mark banknote4.11.1915 P63Germany 1 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P51Germany 2 Mark banknote 12.8.1914 P54Germany 5 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P47
Germany 50 Mark banknote 5.8.1914 P49
Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
Germany 20 Mark banknote 20.2.1918 P57
Reduced size images
This set includes eight different 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.  Notes issued by the Reichsbank were backed by gold and could be exchanged for gold upon demand.  Shortly after the war started the Reichsbank suspended converting the notes for gold, though notes issued by the Reichsbank were supposedly still backed by gold.  Far more money was needed for the war effort than Germany had gold, so a new series of notes without any backing, called Darlehnskassenschein, were issued.  The notes were technically an interest-free loan to the government.  The Reichsbank and Darlehnskassenschein notes circulated together at par. This eight note set includes the 20 Mark Reichsbanknote issued dated February 19, 1914.  When initially issued the note could be redeemed for .23 troy ounces of gold.  A second Reichsbank 20 Mark note was issued dated November 4, 1915. 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.  In August 1914, just a few months after the war started 1, 2, 5 and 50 Mark Darlehnskassenschein notes were issued. The small 1 and 2 Mark notes was issued to replace the silver coins that disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.  Both notes have embossed seals.  The blue 5 Mark note features two allegorical heads of Germania, the imperial crown, scepter and sword.  The brown 20 Mark note includes the heads of Minerva and Mercury and the imperial eagle.  The 50 Mark note, though dated 1914, was not actually released until early 1916.  In 1917 a new, attractive 5 Mark Darlehnskassenschein note was introduced.  The note dated August 1, 1917 features he head of a young woman with flowers in her hair on the front and the imperial crown with oak leaves on the back.   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.  The eight notes grade Very Good to Very Fine.  Because we purchased a large hoard of German banknotes at a good price, we can offer this historic set well below its current catalog value
Item PM-DE-WWISET8 SET OF 8 WORLD WAR I GERMAN BANKNOTES 1914-1918,  VG-VF  $29.75

EMERGENCY WORLD WAR I 50 PFENNIG NOTE OF KIEL, GERMANY

Kiel 50 Pfennig 1918 notgeld noteKiel is an important seaport located at the mouth of the Kiel Canal which connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.  It was also a major base for the German Imperial Navy.   By the beginning of 1918 the war effort was not going well for Germany.  Though the German government continued to mint silver 1/2 Mark coins, they were hoarded almost as soon as they were minted, resulting in a serious coin shortage.   To help alleviate the shortage and allow merchants and citizens to carry on commercial transactions the city of Kiel issued this emergency 50 Pfennig note dated January 1, 1918. The front features the denomination and date in words and has a green under-printing depicting ships on the ocean.  The back features the Kiel city hall.  
Item PM-KIEL-50P KIEL, GERMANY 50 PFENNIG NOTE, JANUARY 1, 1918 UNC. $3.00




EMERGENCY 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-10M KIEL, GERMANY 10 MARK NOTE, OCTOBER 15, 1918 UNC. $6.00



NewHIGH-GRADE WEIMAR GERMAN BANKNOTE

Germany 1 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P58Germany 2 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P59Original pack of 50 pieces of Germany 2 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P59
These 1 and 2 Mark notes dated March 1, 1920 were some of the first notes issued by Germany's Weimar government after World War I. They were needed to help relieve the serious coin shortage that developed in Germany during and after World War I.  The notes were technically were not legal tender but a non-interest-bearing loan to the government. that did not stop people from accepting them as the low denomination notes were needed to purchase essential goods.  When first issued the 1 Mark note could buy about a pound of flour or half a dozen eggs.  The notes include an embossed seal and are printed on watermarked paper. They are quite reasonably priced for historic high-grade notes that are almost a century old.  We also have a few original, unopened packs of 50 of the 2 Mark note in Uncirculated condition.

Item PM-DE-1+2M GERMANY 1 & 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P58 & P59 AU-UNC. $5.00
Item PM-DE-2M20x50 ORIGINAL PACK OF 50 GERMAN 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P59 AU-UNC. $75.00



GERMAN WEIMAR REPUBLIC 100 MARK 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 Republic crest.
Item PM-DE-100M-20 GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine-VF $3.00
NEW Item PM-DE-100M-20x10 10 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN 100 MARK NOTES, 1920 P69 VG-VF $15.00
NEW Item PM-DE-100M-20x100 100 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN 100 MARK NOTES, 1920 P69 VG-VF $75.00


THE FAMOUS GERMAN “VAMPIRE NOTE” Restocked

Germany 10000 Mark 1922 Vampire Note P72
This large ( 180 x 100mm - approx. 8” x 5”) 10,000 Mark note dated January 19, 1922 is often called the “Vampire Note”  If you turn the note sideways and look carefully (and have a good imagination) you will see a vampire on the neck of the German.  The nose of the vampire is pointed towards the neck of the man.  This was an allusion that the heavy reparations that Germany had to pay France following World War I. It France represented sucking the lifeblood out of Germany.
Item PM-DE-VAMPIRE GERMANY 10,000 MARK "VAMPIRE NOTE" 1922 P72 XF $7.50

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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 in zinc or iron, both of which corrode easily, so the coins may be spotted or rusted.
Item DE-METNOTx1 1 GERMAN METAL NOTGELD COIN, F-VF  $3.00
Item DE-METNOTx10 10 DIFFERENT GERMAN METAL NOTGELD COIN, F-VF $29.75




Book: Emergency Coins of Germany, Metal & Porcelain, 1914-1923 by Richard Upton and the Emergency Money SocietyBOOK: EMERGENCY COINS OF GERMANY, Metal & Porcelain, 1914-1923 by Richard Upton & The Emergency Money Society,  200p. 5.5 x 8.5"  cardcover.   One of the only and the most comprehensive English language book on German Notgeld coins.  Includes municipal, porcelain, transportation, and POW and private issues.  Provides descriptions and values but lacks illustrations.  Values are outdated but they are a good indication of relative scarcity. Provides standard "U" or "E" numbers used by many collectors.
We have both the original original 1970 edition done by the Emergency Money Society and the 1999 reprint done by Numismatics International. They have the same content, just different binding. New, 1970 edition may be slightly shopworn.
Item BOOK-UPTON70 EMERGENCY COINS OF GERMANY, 1970 edition $25.00
Item BOOK-UPTON99 EMERGENCY COINS OF GERMANY, 1999 edition $25.00



NewPORCELAIN COINS FROM SAXONY

Saxony, Germany red porcelain 50 Pfennig and 1 Mark coins 1921 In 1921 the German state of Saxony issued these unusual notgeld coins made of red porcelain.  The coins were made at the famed Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and bear the famed Meissen crossed swords mark.  The trademark, introduced in 1720, is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.  The porcelain 1 Mark featuring a sailing ship. The 50 Pfennig has wine grapes and a shovel. The denomination is on the reverse of each coin.
Item SAX-50PF SAXONY PORCELAIN 50 PFENNIG WINE GRAPES 1921 AU-UNC $7.50
Item SAX-1M SAXONY PORCELAIN 1 MARK SAILING SHIP 1921 AU-UNC out




SMALL COLORFUL GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES Germany small municipal notgeld notes

These small paper Notgeld notes were initially issued by towns during World War I to provide for small change. Most were denominated 1 Mark or less and are usually less than 4 inches (90mm) long.  By 1921 most notes were being made to sell to collectors and the designs became increasingly colorful. The issues ceased after 1922 with the collapse of the German economy.  The colorful notes are a fun and popular collectible.  They have a wide variety of themes, including fairy tales, local history, monuments, and political satire.  Most notes are Uncirculated. Every lot is different, though there may be some duplication between lots. They will make a fun and interesting addition to your collection.
Item PM-DE-NOTx1 1 GERMAN NOTGELD NOTE $1.00
Item PM-DE-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, $19.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx100 100 MOSTLY DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, $79.50


AN EXCELLENT BOOK TO HELP UNDERSTAND THE MANY MESSAGES FOUND ON NOTGELD NOTES:
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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




INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES

Municipal and corporate German inflation notegeld notes, 1922-1923By late 1922, inflation was racing out of control in Germany.  The German government could not print money fast enough to keep up with the ever soaring prices.  Companies started printing their own money in order to pay workers.  Municipalities also issued their own currency to provide cash for the local economy.  All of this made inflation worse by increasing the money supply.  We offer sets of these full-sized inflation notgeld notes, ranging in value from 100 Marks to billions (milliarden) of Marks, dated 1922 or 1923. Every lot is different.
Item PM-DE-INFL 1 GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTE VG-VF $3.00
Item PM-DE-INFLx10 10 DIFFERENT GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES VG-VF $29.95
Item PM-DE-INFLx50 50 DIFFERENT GERMAN INFLATION NOTGELD NOTES F-XF $125.00





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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


UNUSUAL 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



NEWWEIRD 4 REICHSPFENNIG COIN FROM GERMANY

Germany 4 Pfennig 1932 KM75In 1931 Germany was in the midst of a major depression.  German chancellor Heinrich Brüning decided that the introduction of a 4 Reichspfennig coin would stimulate the lagging economy.  The coin was introduced in 1932 by an emergency decree.  The 24mm copper coin featured the German eagle on one side and the denomination and date on the other. To encourage its use, wages were supposed to be partially paid with fifty of the new 4 Reichspfennig coins.  There was some historical precedence for the denomination as Prussia had issued a 4 Pfennig coin until 1872, however that fit in with the old Prussian monetary system.  It was not needed for the monetary system of Weimar Germany, which already had a smaller, lighter and more convenient 5 Pfennig coin.  Needless to say the coin was not popular.  People did not like the coin and merchants and banks did not want them. The coin was promptly dubbed the "Brüning Thaler". It was issued only a single year: 1932.  In 1933 the new Nazi government promptly did away with the coin.  On October 1, 1933 it ceased to be legal tender.  The briefly circulating coin is an example of a government imposed economic policy with little thought given how it would be accepted by ordinary people.
Item DE-4PF GERMANY 4 REICHSPFENNIG 1932 KM75 XF $16.00



NAZI GERMANY SILVER COINS


GERMANY CELEBRATES 1st ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE  Restocked

Nazi Germany 2 Reichsmark Church with date KM81Nazi Germany celebrated the first anniversary of Nazi rule with this circulating commemorative silver 2 Reichsmark  dated 1934.   The reverse portrays the Potsdam Garrison Church and the date 21 March, 1933.   It was at this church on 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 2 Reichsmark is 25mm, struck in .625 fine silver and contains .1607  troy oz. of silver.  
Item DE-81 GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK 1934, 1st. ANNIVERSARY OF NAZI RULE KM81 VF $19.00


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 $12.00
Item DE-93x5 5 of the above NAZI SILVER 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM93 VF $55.00

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
Item DE-86x5 5 of the above NAZI SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $79.50

HINDENBURG & SWASTIKA ON NAZI GERMANY SILVER 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 $25.00

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Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $79.00


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 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 50 Reichsmark note 1933 P182
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The 50 Reichsmark was the first note issued after Adolf Hitler came to power.  The note is dated March 30, 1933, which is one week after Hitler assumed control over Germany. It continued to be issued until 1945, always with the same date.  It 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.
Item PM-DE-NAZI50RMK GERMANY 50 REICHSMARKNOTE 1933 P182 Fine-VF $8.00


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

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 and was issued until 1945..  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-NAZI5RMK NAZI GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 F-VF.  $12.00



NAZI GERMAN RENTENMARK NOTES

Germany1 Rentenmark note 1937 P173Germany 2 Rentenmark note 1937 P174
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In 1937 Nazi Germany introduced 1 and 2 Rentenmark notes.  The Rentenmark was equivalent to the Reichsmark however it was the issuing authority was the Rentenbank rather than the Reichsbank. The Reichsbank did not issue notes under 5 Reichsmarks so the Rentenbank was utilized to issue these lower denomination notes. The  Rentenbank's currency was backed by mortgages on land and industrial properties rather than by gold.  The emblem of the Rentenbank was a sheaf of grain.  The emblem appears both on the back of the notes and in the embossed seal at the lower right corner of the notes. They were the last notes issued by the Rentenbank.  The notes continued in circulation until 1948.
Item PM-DE-RENTEN2 GERMANY 1 & 2 RENTENMARK NOTES 1937 P173 & P174 VG-Fine $7.00


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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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



NEWFIRST BANKNOTE OF EAST GERMANY

East Germany 50 Mark note 1948 P14bOn June 20, 1948 the Nazi era Reichsmark and Rentenmark were abolished and a new currency introduced in the Western occupied zones of Germany.  The Soviets rook the currency reform as an economic threat to Soviet occupied portions of Germany.  In retaliation, on June 24 the Soviets cut off all access from the western zones into Berlin, thus starting the Berlin Blockade.  The Western Allies responding with the Berlin Airlift.  For eleven months all the supplies needed in West Berlin were transported by airplane into the city.  Though the Soviets claimed to be surprised by the currency reform, they were prepared as the new currency for East Germany was introduced on July 24, 1948.  The new notes had simple designs featuring the denomination, engraved borders and were printed on watermarked paper. Officially East Germany Marks were exchangeable on par with the West German Marks. In reality they were not exchangeable for any currency and traded on the black market at a large discount. This green 50 Mark note was part of the first series of notes for East Germany.  It is dated 1948 and measures 171 x 87mm.
Item PM-EGER-50M EAST GERMANY 50 MARK NOTE 1948 P14b VF $7.00




NEWSCARCE, FINAL BANKNOTES OF EAST GERMAN NOTES 

East Germany 200 Mark note, 1985 P32
East Germany 500 Mark note, 1985 P33
These scarce 200 and 500 Mark East German notes are rarely seen in any collections. They are the highest denominations ever printed by East Germany and were some of the last banknotes ever printed by East Germany. The notes were dated 1985, however the East German government collapsed before the notes were released into general circulation. After the collapse of East Germany the notes were put into storage in old Nazi bunkers. A very limited number of notes were "liberated" from the bunkers before the German government destroyed all of the remaining notes. The front of 200 Mark note features a family standing in front of a government apartment complex. The back pictures a group of young school children and their teacher.  The 500 Mark pictures the East German Arms and the Staatsrat building in Berlin. 
Item PM-EGER-SET2 EAST GERMANY 200 & 500 MARK NOTES, 1985 P32 & P33, AU-UNC. $39.75



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 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


German Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Bronze 5 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




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



GERMANY CELEBRATES THE FALL OF THE WALL

Germany 2 Euros 2019 Fall of the Berlin WallGermany commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on this 2019 2 Euro coin.  The opening of the Berlin wall in November 1989 led to collapse of East Germany the reunification of the nation.  The design, created by a French engraver, represents joyous people and doves passing through an opening in the Berlin Wall.  In the background in the Brandenburg Gate. The "graffiti" on the wall reads "30 Jahre Mauerfall" (30 years fall of the Berlin Wall).  We have examples from each of the five German mints.
Item DE-2E19WALL-A GERMANY EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 A (BERLIN MINT) UNC. $5.75
Item DE-2E19WALL-D GERMANY EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 D (MUNICH MINT) UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E19WALL-F GERMANY EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 F (STUTTGART MINT UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E19WALL-G GERMANY EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 G (KARLSRUHE MINT UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E19WALL-J GERMANY EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 J (HAMBURG MINT UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E19WALL-ALL ALL 5 MINTS OF THE ABOVE GERMAN BERLIN WALL 2 EUROS UNC. 28.50



NEWGERMAN 2018 POLYMER RING 5 EURO COIN

Germany 5 Euros 2018 polymer ring, Subtropic ZoneThis unusual 2018 German 5 Euros coin has a copper nickel outer ring and center, separated by an orange polymer plastic ring. The polymer ring is supposed to make the coins almost counterfeit proof.  The coin honors the subtropical climate zone.  It depicts herd of goats under the shade of a tree and a barren landscape. The obverse includes the German eagle, denomination and date.  The coin is part of an annual series featuring the climate zones of the earth.  It was minted at the Munich (D) mint, which holds the patent on the innovative polymer ring technology.
Item DE-5E-18ST GERMANY 5 EUROS 2018-D, SUBTROPICAL ZONE UNC. $19.50



Book: German Tokens, Part 1 - Germany, by Jerry F. SchimmelBook: German Tokens, Part 2 - Colonial issues, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and other areasBOOK: GERMAN TOKENS by Jerry F. Schimmel.  Part 1, Part 2 & Price Supplement.  Part 1 is an 84 page listing of some 700 German homeland merchant, beer, military and other tokens by town.  Some USA military unit pieces are included.  Municipal notgeld are excluded. .  Includes indexes both by legend and Collector Topic.  Part 2  (1988) 156, pages. lists and prices over 1000 German language tokens, including Colonial, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and other areas.  Both volumes include many illustrations.  The Price Supplement includes prices for the items listed in part 1.  We offer the complete set, Part 1, Part 1 Price Supplement & Part 2
Item BOOK-GERMAN TOKENS GERMAN TOKENS, Part 1, Part 2 & Supplement $25.00



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