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BANKNOTES FROM SOVIET OCCUPIED & TALIBAN AFGHANISTAN  

Afghanistan 50, 100, 500 & 1000 Afghani notes, (1978 - 1991)
This set of 4 attractive Afghanistan banknotes were introduced in 1978 during the Soviets occupation of Afghanistan.  The notes continued to be printed until about 1991 for the Taliban and various warlords.  The set includes the 50, 100 and 500 and 1000 Afghani notes in crisp uncirculated condition.  The 50 Afghani pictures the Dar-al-Aman palace in Kabul.  The 100 Afghani depicts a farmer and the Naghlu hydroelectric dam on the Kabul river.  The 500 Afghani pictures a group of horsemen playing Buzkashi. Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan.  It is somewhat similar to polo, but is played with goat or calf carcass and has few, if any, rules. The 1000 Afghani depicts a flock of birds at the Mazar-e-Sharif Mosque (Noble shrine) on one side.  The other side pictures the monument to fallen soldiers and the Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul.  They were built to commemorate Afghan victory over the British in 1919, heavily damaged during the Soviet-Afghanistan war in the 1980's and have since been restored. The notes all bear the seal of the Afghanistan bank on the front. The seal includes an image of an ancient Greco-Bactrian Tetradrachm minted circa 171-179BC, two cornucopias spilling out coins and the year the bank was founded (1939).  The notes are a reminder of the recent troubled and violent history of Afghanistan.
Item PM-AF-SET4 AFGHANISTAN 4 NOTE SET 50 - 1000 AFGHANI (1978-1991) UNC. $6.00



AFGHANISTAN 10,000 AFGHANI BANKNOTE

Afghanistan 10,000 Afghani banknote 1993 P63b
 The 10,000 Afghani was the highest denomination ever issued by Afghanistan.  It was needed due to severe inflation due to the Afghan civil war, in which various warlords and the Taliban were fighting for control of the country.  Starting in 1993, various warlords claiming to represent the Afghan government contracted with banknote printers in Russia and the United Kingdom to print the notes.  Of course, this only made inflation worse.  In 1996 Taliban declared them worthless, however they continued to circulate in many areas of the nation until the notes were replaced in 2002 with a new banknotes after the American invasion of Afghanistan. The front features the Friday Mosque in Herat (Masjid-i Jami') and the seal of the Afghanistan Bank which an image of an ancient Greco-Bactrian Tetradrachm minted circa 171-179BC and two cornucopias spilling out coins.  The back depicts the 11th century Qala-e-Bost Gateway.  It is a beautiful banknote issued during a troubled time in a troubled nation.
Item PM-AF-10000A AFGHANISTAN 10,000 AFGHANI 1993 P63b UNC. $5.00


BANKNOTES FROM AMERICAN OCCUPIED AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan 1 2 & 10 Afghani banknotes (2002 2004) P64, P65 & P67
New banknotes were introduced in Afghanistan in 2002 after the American invasion.  The new notes largely recycled designs from previous issues. The front of 1 and 2 Afghani notes feature the emblem of the Afghanistan Bank which incorporates an ancient Greco-Bactrian Tetradrachm and two cornucopias spilling out coins.  The back of the 1 Afghani depicts the Mazar-e-Sharif Mosque (Noble shrine) which was on the front of the previous 1000 Afghani note.  The back of the 2 Afghani has the Victory Arch that was on the back of the previous Afghani note.  The front of the 10 Afghani note has the Mirwais Khan Hotkaki Mausoleum in Kandahar on the front.  The back has the monument to fallen soldiers and the Victory Arch from the back of the previous 1000 Afghani note.
Item PM-AF-SET3 AFGHANISTAN 2 NOTE SET 1 - 10 AFGHANI (2002-04) UNC. $4.50



BANKNOTE OF UPPER AUSTRIA

Upper Austria 50 Heller 1921 PS120 After the collapse and dismemberment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire following its defeat in World War I, coins disappeared from circulation. The state of Upper Austria issued small, low denomination notes to help alleviate the coin shortage. One side of the orange 50 Heller note features the arms of Upper Austria.  The other side is blank.     Both notes are dated 1921 and were issued in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Item PM-UPAT-50 UPPER AUSTRIA 50 HELLER 1921 PS121 UNC. $3.00



HISTORIC AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES 

Austrian local emergency money, circa 1920Reduced size image
With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War I, hundreds of local communities briefly issued their own emergency currency, known as notgeld, for use within the town.  These notes are denominated in Heller and usually depict scenes of the issuing community.  They are an inexpensive, interesting and historic collectable. Most of the notes are dated 1920 and most grade VF to Unc.  Every lot is different, with few duplicates between lots.
Item PM-AT-NOTx10 10 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $5.00
Item PM-AT-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $13.00
Item PM-AT-NOTx100 100 DIFFERENT AUSTRIAN NOTGELD NOTES VF-UNC. $55.00


JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR CHINA

5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA OVERPRINTED ON BANK OF JAPAN NOTE PM245 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA OVERPRINTED ON MODIFIED JAPANESE NOTE PM25
Japan  issued Military Currency starting in 1938 for use in the areas of China that they occupied. Because civilians were forced to accept the Military Yen, which was not backed and could not be exchanged into Japanese Yen, it cost the Japanese government virtually nothing to purchase whatever they wanted. The initial issues of Military currency were created by overprinting Japanese homeland notes by putting a red line through the "Bank of Japan Convertible Silver Note" at the front, another line through the Bank of Japan seal on the back putting four large "Military Note" characters on both sides.  The next issue used modified homeland notes that did not have the the Bank of Japan inscriptions or seals.  Later notes were issued for China with the inscription Imperial Japanese Government without the Military note overprint. 
Item PM-CN-5Y-OVPT1 5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA ON BANK OF JAPAN NOTE PM24 F $6.00
Item PM-CN-5Y-OVPT2 5 YEN JAPANESE MILITARY NOTE FOR CHINA ON MODIFIED JAPANESE NOTE PM25 F $3.00



THE BANK OF CHINA'S CURSED BUILDING


China, Bank of China, 5 & 10 Yuan 1937 P80 & P81
The Bank of China is the oldest and one of the largest banks in China.  It was founded in 1905 and was named Bank of China in 1912. It was one of four major note issuing banks for the Republic of China.  In 1930 The Bank of China began to construct a new 34-story headquarters on the Bund in Shanghai.  It was built on property that had been confiscated from the Germans during World War I. Perhaps a departing German cursed the property.   It was to be the highest building in the Far East. However, Britisher Victor Sassoon, the owner of the Sassoon House (now Fairmont Peace Hotel) located next door, demanded that no building be higher than his.  The municipal government, under British control, limited the height of the bank building giving it a chopped off appearance.  In 1937 the building was topped out at a height of 15 stories and the bank issued new banknotes to mark the occasion.  The back of the notes depict the Bank of China building along with a partial image of the Sasson House on the left and the Yokohama Specie Bank the right.. The front depicts Sun Yat Sen and have a watermark of the Temple of Heaven.  Unfortunately, the war with Japan broke out the same year which delayed the completion and move into the building.  The bank was not able to move into the building until 1946. In 1949 the bank was nationalized by the Chinese communists. The notes were printed by Thomas De La Rue in London.
Item PM-CN-BOC37 BANK OF CHINA 5 & 10 YUAN NOTES 1937 P80 & P81 XF $5.00





MULTI-LINGUAL NOTE OF CHINA FEATURES POTALA PALACE IN TIBET

 China 50 Yuan banknote, 2005 P906 Chairman Mao / Potala Palace
Mao Zedong is featured on the front of this 2005 dated 50 Yuan note from China. The 170 x 50m note also includes a watermark of Mao.  The back depicts the Potala Palace in Lhasa in Tibet. It was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the Tibet government from 1649 to 1959. It has been a museum since then and is a World Heritage Site.  The 13-story building contains over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues.  Also on the back is the denomination written out in Mandarin Pinyin, Mongol, Tibetan, Uighur and Zhuang as well as English. 
Item PM-CN-50Y CHINA 50 YUAN NOTE 2005 P906 UNC. $15.00



CHINA 2022 OLYMPIC BANKNOTES  Restocked

China Set of 2 Olympic 20 Yuan banknotes
China released two circulating vertical 20 Yuan banknotes to commemorate the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.  A polymer note depicts a pair of figure skaters on one side and a skating pavilion on the other.  A paper note depicts a free style skier on the front.  The unusual Olympic ski jump ramp and the Great Wall of China are on the back.  Both notes incorporate the emblems of the Beijing Winter Olympics the People's Republic of China on the front.
Item PM-CN-OLY20Y SET OF 2 CHINA 2022 OLYMPIC 20 YUAN BANKNOTES, UNC. $18.00



MUSEUM OF GOLD ON COLOMBIA 20 GOLD PESOS NOTE

Colombia 20 Pesos Oro note, 1983 P409d
The back of this Colombia 1983 20 Pesos Oro (Gold Pesos) note depicts golden objects from the Museum of Gold in Bogata.  The museum houses the world's largest collection of pre-Colombian gold relics.  The front depicts Francisco José de Caldas, a Colombian lawyer, scientist, military engineer and inventor who was killed by the Spanish in 1816 during Colombia's war for independence. Though the note is denominated in Gold Pesos, the note was not was not backed by gold and within a few years was virtually worthless. The note measures 140x70mm.
Item PM-CO-20P COLOMBIA 20 PESOS NOTE 1983 P409d UNC. $3.50



IMPRESSIVE NEW COOK ISLANDS POLYMER 3 DOLLAR BILL  Restocked

Cook Islands 3 Dollar 2021 banknote depicting a woman riding a shark
Cook Islands released an impressive an new polymer 3 Dollar bill in 2021.  The design is an updated version of their popular original 3 Dollar bill.   The front depicts a nearly nude woman riding a shark.  The picture illustrates the mythical story of Ina, who rode a shark to be with her lover Tinirau, the god of the ocean.  The reverse includes a statue of the very well-endowed god Tangaroa and an man in his outrigger canoe watching the sunrise.
Item PM-CK-3D COOK ISLANDS 3 DOLLAR NOTE 2021 UNC. $9.75

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SERBIAN KRAJINA & CROATIA AT WAR 

Serbian Krajina (Croatia) 500,000 Dinara 1993 P23
Serbian Krajina (Croatia) 5,000,000 Dinara 1993 P24

Croatia 50,000 & 100,000 Dinara 1993 P26 & P27
With the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Serbian portions of Croatia declared independence from Croatia, even before Croatia declared itself independent from Yugoslavia.  The Serbs formed the Republic of Serbian Krajina and had their capital at Knin.  A brutal war broke out, and both Croatia (Republika Hrvatska) and Serbian Krajina suffered from severe inflation as they tried to finance themselves by printing money.  Krajina was defeated in 1995 and reincorporated into Croatia.  From Serbian Kranina we have the 500,000 Dinara and 500,000,000 Dinara notes dated 1993.  Both notes have similar designs.   The notes feature the Knin fortress on a hill on one side, and the Serbian arms on the other.  The Croatia 50,000 Dinara and 100,000 Dinara are dated 1993.  Both feature Croatian astronomer, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher Roger Joseph Boscovich.  Boscovich is famous for his atomic theory.  In 1753 he discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.  The reverse of the notes have the Statue of  "Glagolica Mother Croatia", a marble statue created in 1932 by artist Ivan Mestrovic. The sculpture is of a mother holding on her lap a stone tablet with “History of Croatians” engraved in the old Croatian script.  The original sculpture has been in a "temporary exhibition" in Belgrade, Serbia since 1934.  Serbia has refused to return the statue to Croatia.  A bronze copy is at Zagreb University in Croatia
Item PM-KRAJ-500K SERBIAN KRAJINA 500 THOUSAND DINARA NOTE 1993 PR23 AU-UNC  $3.00
Item PM-KRAJ-5M SERBIAN KRAJINA 5 MILLION DINARA NOTE 1993 PR24 UNC $3.00
Item PM-HR-SET2 CROATIA 50,000 & 100,000 DINARA NOTES 1993 P26 & 27 UNC. $4.00



NEWDJIBOUTI 40 FRANCS NOTE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Djibouti 40 Francs, 2017 40th Anniversary note
Djibouti recently released this colorful 40 Franc note to celebrate their 40 years of independence from France. The attractive note won multiple awards for its distinctive and attractive design.  Djibouti is a small nation at the mouth of the Red Sea.  Due to its strategic location, the United States, France, China and Saudi Arabia all have military bases in Djibouti.  The front of the colorful note depicts a Whale Shark swimming through a coral garden. The Whale Shark is the largest species of fish and can weigh up to 47,000 pounds (21,000 kg).  Other fish and shells are visible only when the note it tilted.  The back depicts containerships and cranes.  The note has a watermark of the arms of Djibouti.  The note is 152 x 69mm.
Item PM-DJ-40F DJIBOUTI 40 FRANCS NOTE, 2017 P46 UNC. $6.00



ANCIENT THEMES ON MODERN EGYPTIAN NOTES

Egypt 5 Piastres banknote P188Egypt 10 Piastres banknote P189
Egypt’s ancient heritage is portrayed on these modern Egyptian banknotes.  The statue of Nefertiti is on the 5 Piastres note.  The front of the 10 Piastres note depicts the Sphinx and pyramids and the Mohammad Ali (Alabaster) Mosque in Cairo on the back.  Both notes have watermarks of King Tut.  Because of their minimal buying power, the undated notes no longer circulate.
Item PM-EG-SET2 EGYPT 5 & 10 PIASTRES NOTES P188 & P189 UNC. $3.00




NEWFAMOUS JOHN LAW NOTE FROM FRANCE

France 10 Livres John Law banknote dated July 1, 1720. PA20
John Law was the famous Scottish economist and banker who was at the center of one of the greatest scandals of all time, the infamous Mississippi Bubble. John arrived in France in 1715 and soon became close friends with Phillipe, the Duke of Orleans, who was regent for the young king. The French government was completely bankrupt; however, John came up with a solution. John was granted a royal charter to create a bank that could issue stock and its own currency. It was the only bank and the only currency issuer in France, so was called "The Bank".  It became the center of a vast array of enterprises operated by John Law. The Bank bought all of the outstanding debt of the French government, paying for it with its own bonds and bank notes. At first the plan worked, as people trusted The Bank more than they did the French government! As the value of the stock of the Bank rose, John used the profits to purchase additional enterprises. In 1717 he was granted charters to control all of the French possessions in North America, including Canada and the entire Mississippi river basin. He named the capital of his new empire New Orleans, after his benefactor, the Duke. The Bank's reports of great mineral wealth being found in New Orleans caused the value of the stock to continue to soar. The Bank issued vast quantities additional currency to allow more people to buy the stock, driving the value of the price of the stock from 500 to 25,000 Livres a share. Merchants prospered as people spent their newfound wealth on luxury goods. However, the truth started to come out that the enterprises in New Orleans were not doing well. There were fewer than 1000 French settlers, many of whom were criminals or prostitutes. As the price of the stock started to fall, people demanded that the currency be redeemed for gold or silver coins as promised. Because the value of the notes greatly exceeded the amount of gold and silver available, restrictions were placed on the redemption of the notes. This only caused the value of the notes and the stock to slide further.  By October 1720 the Mississippi Bubble had completely collapsed. Vast fortunes had been lost as the stock and currency became worthless. John fled the country and died penniless. This 10 Livres note is dated July 1, 1720, which is when the Mississippi Bubble undergoing its collapse.  It was part of an unsuccessful attempt to try to restore the nation’s wealth by issuing more currency. Instead, it just drove the buying power of the notes lower.   The design is quite simple, with an embossed seal on watermarked paper and printed text promising that The Bank will redeem the note in silver. Unfortunately, many people expected the Bank to live up to this promise, which it could not do because it issued many times more paper than it had silver. The note grades Fine to Very Fine, but may have some pin holes as is common in this series.  It is a reminder of one of the earliest and most famous stock market crashes of all times and that hot stocks don't always remain hot.
Item PM-FR-LAW FRANCE 10 LIVRES NOTE JULY 1 1720, PA20 F-VF-pin holes $675.00



NEWGERMAN EMPIRE COIN & CURRENCY SETS

German Empire 5 coin set: 1 Pfennig - silver 1/2 Mark 1874-1918
German Empire 20, 100 & 1000 Mark banknotes 1908-1914
In 1871 Otto Von Bismarck united the 26 independent German States under Prussian King Wilhelm I, forming the Second Reich, also known as the German Empire. During its 47 years of existence, the German Empire became the industrial, technological, and scientific giant of Europe and the world's third largest economy.  It created a colonial empire and possesed the world strongest army.  The Empire disintegrated as a result of Germany's defeat in World War I.  This five-coin set includes 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 five coins feature the Imperial German Eagle on the reverse and the denomination on the obverse.  The coins grade Fine or Extra Fine.   The set of 3 banknotes consist of the 20 Mark, 100 Mark and 1000 Mark notes dated between 1908 and 1914. The blue 20 Mark featured a crowned imperial German Eagle at the upper right and measures 136x90mm.  The blue 100 Mark includes a large crowned imperal German Eagle on the front  The back features two women holding a large medallion depicting  a woman's head. The large note measures 160 x105mm (6.3" x 4.1"). The brown 1000 Mark note features two allegorical women representing seafaring and agriculture flanking the imperial German arms. The over-sized note is 187mm x 110mm (7.3” x 4.3”). It is printed on special ridged hemp paper containing blue silk threads.  When first issued the three notes could be redeemed for over 12 ounces of gold on demand!   After the start of World War I Germany halted the redemption of banknotes for gold - but kept on printing banknotes.  By 1922 the notes were virtually worthless due to inflation.  It is an impressive and historic currency set.
Item DE-EMP-SET5 GERMAN EMPIRE 5 COIN SET 1 PFENNIG - 1/2 MARK 1874-1918 F-XF $12.00
Item PM-DE-SET3 GERMAN EMPIRE 20, 100 & 1000 MARK BANKNOTES 1908-1914 F-VF $6.00
Item PM-DE-SET3x10 10 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN EMPIRE 3 NOTE SETS  $39.00
Item PM-DE-SET3x100 100 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN EMPIRE 3 NOTE SETS  $195.00



HIGH-GRADE WEIMAR GERMAN BANKNOTE

Germany 1 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P58Germany 2 Mark banknote, March 1, 1920, P60
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 a century old.
Item PM-DE-1+2M GERMANY 1 & 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P58 & P59& UNC. $5.00
Item PM-DE-1+2Mx5 5 SETS OF GERMANY 1 & 2 MARK NOTES 1920 P58 & P59& UNC. $15.00



GERMAN WEIMAR REPUBLIC 100 MARK BANKNOTE

Germany 100 Mark note, 1920The 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-C GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69 Fine $3.00
Item PM-DE-100M-20x10 10 OF THE ABOVE GERMAN 100 MARK NOTES, 1920 P69 VG-F $15.00
Item PM-DE-100M-20-U GERMANY-WEIMAR 100 MARK NOTE, 1920 P69b AU-UNC. $10.00



EMERGENCY BANKNOTE FROM THE CITY OF GOTHA Restocked

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



NEWTHE FAMOUS GERMAN “VAMPIRE NOTE” 

Germany 10000 Mark 1922 Vampire Note P71
This large ( 210 x 124mm - approx. 8.25” x 4.9” ) 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 can 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 represented  France sucking the lifeblood out of Germany. 
Item PM-DE-VAMP-C GERMANY 10,000 MARK "VAMPIRE NOTE" 1922 P71 AU-UNC. $24.00
Item PM-DE-VAMP-C GERMANY 10,000 MARK "VAMPIRE NOTE" 1922 P71 F-VF $7.00




POPULAR GERMAN 100,000 MARK INFLATION NOTE

Germany 100,000 Mark note 1922 P83
This 100,000 Mark note dated February 1, 1922 is one of the most popular of the German inflation notes.  The large (190 x 115mm) note features a cut from Hans Holbein the Younger's portrait "The Merchant Georg Gisze".  At the time the painting was done in 1532 Georg Gisze was a prominent Hanseatic merchant who managed his family's trading office in London. Some sources indicate the portrait was done for his betrothed who lived in Danzig (Gdansk), as they probably had never met.  German painter Han Holbein the Younger had a successful career in London, with commissions from Sir Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn and as a court painter of Henry VIII.  The painting is now in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.  The back of the brown, black and lilac note features the denomination within guilloche patterns.  It is an historic note from the beginning of the German hyperinflationary period.  We offer this popular note in both circulated and Uncirculated condition.
Item PM-DE-100,000M-C GERMANY 100,000 MARK NOTE, 1922 P83a VF $5.00
Item PM-DE-100,000M-U GERMANY 100,000 MARK NOTE, 1922 P83a UNC. $18.00



100 MILLION MARK NOTE!

Germany 100 Million Mark banknote, August 22, 1923 P109This German 100 Million Mark note is dated August 22, 1923.  It was issued at the height of Germany's hyperinflation.  When issued it was the highest denomination issued by the German government and was worth about 10 Dollars.  Within less than three months it was worth only a tiny fraction of a cent.  In order to run the presses faster, it was printed on only one side.
Item PM-DE-100MM GERMANY 100 MILLION MARK 1923 P107 VF-XF $5.00



GERMAN INFLATION BANKNOTE SET

German banknote set: 1 - 50 Million Mark, 1908-1923Germany's post World War I hyperinflation destroyed the economy and helped bring Hitler to power.  This set includes 10 different antique German banknotes, ranging from 1 Mark to 50 Million Mark and dating from 1908 to 1923.  Included is the 1914 20 Mark note which was redeemable for almost 1/4 ounce of gold on demand - until World War I started later that year. It is an impressive set which demonstrates what happens when governments issue unbacked paper money. 
Item PM-DE-SET10 10 DIFFERENT GERMAN BANKNOTES, 1 MARK -50 MILLION MARK 1908-1923 F-XF $29.00



ATTRACTIVE AND  COLORFUL GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES Germany small municipal notgeld notes

These attractive, colorful small (most less than 4 inches - 90cm long) were issued by communities throughout Germany during and after World War I.  They quickly became popular with collectors and by 1921 many thousand different types were produced.  They have a wide variety of themes, including fairy tales, local history, monuments, and political satire.  We recently purchased a collection of over 16,000 mostly different German notgeld notes.  The notes come packaged in envelopes, each containing 200 notes.  We checked a few envelopes and found a few duplicates in each, but little or no duplication between envelopes. For being over 100 years old they are remarkably inexepnsive..  Most notes are Uncirculated,  Feel free to order multiple lots.  We have a LOT of notgeld notes. Groups of less than 200 notes are also available
NEWItem PM-DE-NOTx1000 1000 MOSTLY DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES $695.00
NEWItem PM-DE-NOTx200 200 MOSTLY DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES $149.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx100 100 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES $89.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx25 25 DIFFERENT GERMAN NOTGELD NOTES, $22.50
Item PM-DE-NOTx1 1 GERMAN NOTGELD NOTE $1.00







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.

100 REICHSMARK FEATURES SWASTIKA


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 called the "Father of the Fertilizer Industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient. The back depicts allegorical figures. The note was the highest denomination in general circulation. It was about half a month's pay for a skilled laborer.
Item PM-DE-NAZI100RMKC GERMANY 100 REICHSMARK NOTE 1935 P183 Fine-VF $20.00


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-29C GERMANY 20 REICHSMARK NOTE 1929 P181 F-VF $4.00

NAZI GERMAN 5 REICHMARK NOTE FEATURES HITLER YOUTH  Restocked

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-NAZI5RMKU NAZI GERMANY 5 REICHSMARK NOTE, 1942 P186 AU-UNC. $20.00


NEWNAZI GERMAN 1 RENTENMARK NOTE 

Germany 1 Rentenmark note, 1937 P173

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




WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY CURRENCY

German Wehrmacht military currency, 1 Reichsmark 1944 PM438German Wehrmacht military currency, 10 Reichsmark 1944 PM40
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 FUR 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-MILIT1M GERMAN MILITARY 1 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM38 UNC. $13.00
Item PM-DE-MILIT10M GERMAN MILITARY 10 REICHSMARK NOTE 1944 PM40 AU-UNC. $20.00



NEWNAZI OCCUPATION CURRENCY

WWII German occupation currency,205 Reichsmark PR139
Germany created a special currency, called Reichskreditkassenschein 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. German troops were paid in these notes, thus making the occupied nations finance the cost of their own occupation.  The undated notes were issued from 1939 to 1945.  The 20 Reichsmark depicts Albrecht Durer’s drawing “The Architect” on the front and the Brandenburg Gate on the back. 
Item PM-DE-OCC20M NAZI GERMAN OCCUPATION 20 REICHSMARK NOTE (1939-34) PR139 UNC. $20.00



BETHEL FOUNDATION CURRENCY FROM GERMANY

Bethel Foundation, Germany: 4 Note set, 50 Pfennig, 2, 5 & 20 MarkThe Bethel Foundation (Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel) was founded in 1867 in Prussia to care for epileptics.  Its mission has expanded to care for mentally ill and other challenged people.  It is headquartered in the Bethel district of Bielefeld and has facilities in eight German states serving 200,000 people per year.  It issued its first currency in 1908.  After World War II it was the only private institution in West Germany authorized to issue its own currency.  The notes are accepted at Bethel facilities and selected merchants.   This four-note set of Bethel currency includes the 50 Pfennig, 2, 5 and 20 Mark notes dated from 1957 to 1973.  In 2002 the notes were replaced with Euro denominated currency. 
Item PM-BETHEL BETHEL FOUNDATION, GERMANY: 4 NOTE SET, 50 Pfennig - 20 Mark 1957-1973 UNC. $15.00



NEWLAST CIRCULATING BANKNOTES OF EAST GERMANY

East Germany (DDR) 5 Note set 5 to 100 Mark 1971-1975
These five notes were the last notes issued for circulation by East Germany.  The notes feature communist and German heroes.  The 100 Mark depicts Karl Marx on the front and a street scene in front of the Palace of the Republic in Berlin on the back.  The 50 Mark features Frederick Engels and an oil refinery.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and children leaving school are on the 20 Mark.  The 10 Mark features women’s rights advocate Clara Zetkin on the front and a woman at a control panel of the Rheinsberg nuclear power plant on the back.  The 5 Mark features radical theologian Thomas Muntzer who was a leader of the German Peasant’s war of 1525.  Combines in a wheat field are on the back.  All the notes have watermarks of the person pictured on the note.   The notes are dated 1971 to 1975 and remained in use until the reunification of Germany in 1990.  The notes are all Uncirculated.
Item PM-EGER-SET5 EAST GERMAN 5 NOTE SET 5 TO 100 MARK 1971-1975 P27-P31 UNC. $59.75



SCARCE, UNRELEASED BANKNOTES OF EAST GERMANY

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 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 a bunker by teenagers who found a hidden entrance to the bunker, 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. $48.00



NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEVADA & UTAH GOLDBACK NOTES

1 Goldback Aurum gold notes for New Hampshire, Nevada and Utah
Goldback notes are a voluntary local currency made of 24 karat gold! Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic coating so it can be circulated without the gold tearing. They are issued in increments of 1/1000 troy ounce of gold in order to allow for small purchases. The 1 Goldback contains 1/1000 troy ounce of gold and measures 66x117mm.  The notes are printed on one side only, with intricate multi-color allegorical 19th century style designs. Goldback Aurum notes have been issued for Utah, Nevada and New Hampshire, states that allow certain forms of gold as legal tender. The notes of each state have unique designs. The New Hampishire 1 Goldback portrays Gratia (Grace) depicted as native Abenaki woman.  The Nevada 1 Goldback features Caritas (charity).  The Utah 1 Goldback features Prudentia (prudence) with elements of the Indian tribes of that state.
Item NH-GOLD1  NEW HAMPSHSIRE 1 GOLDBACK NOTE (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
Item NV-GOLD1 NEVADA 1 GOLDBACK NOTE (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
Item UT-GOLD1  UTAH 1 GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
Item GOLDBACK3 ALL 3 OF THE ABOVE GOLDBACK NOTES UNC. $20.00



BRITISH ARMED FORCES CURRENCY

Great Britain Military Currency 1 Pound Notes

To try to control black market activities and currency speculation where British troops were stationed overseas Great Britain paid troops with a special currency called British Armed Forces Special Vouchers. The notes were only to be used in military canteens.  They were first issued for use in occupied Germany following World War II.   The set of three 1 Pound notes, consisting of the Second Series 1 Pound note which was introduced in Germany in 1948, the Third Series 1 Pound note which was briefly used during the Suez Crisis in 1956 and the Fourth Series1 Pound note, which printed in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. 
Item PM-BAF-3x1P BRITISH ARMED FORCES SET OF THREE 1 POUND NOTES PM22, PM29 & PM36 NOTES UNC. $9.75





RARE GREENLAND MONEY CHITS

Greenland money chits, 1, 2, 5, 25 Ore & 1 Krone issued from 1910 to 1926These cardboard money chits, also called Greenland stamp money, were used in Greenland from 1910 until 1926. The chits were needed because of a lack of small change. The set includes the brown 1 Ore, yellow 2 Ore, violet 5 Ore, pink 25 Ore and the blue 1 Krone. The denomination is printed on one side and the other side is blank. They are approximately 21x34mm. The chits have perforated edges, like postage stamps, as they were originally issued in sheets. (During World War II chits were overprinted "Grl. Adm.", these chits pre-date the World War II issue). These Greenland chits are exceedingly scarce. These are not listed in The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, however they are included in the more comprehensive The Banknote Book. We were fortunate enough to obtain a few sets from a small hoard.
Item PM-GL-CHIT5 GREENLAND 1, 2, 5, 25 ORE & 1 KRONE MONEY CHITS, (1910-26) XF-UNC. $150.00
Item PM-GL-1ORE GREENLAND 1 ORE CHIT from the above set, AU-UNC. $25.00


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HELL BANK NOTES

Hell Bank Notes
Hell Bank notes, also called "Spirit Money" are used in funeral ceremonies in many far-eastern countries to provide money and goods in the afterlife for the dead person. The term "hell" just designates the place where the dead go, and does not carry the negative connotations that it does in the Christian world. A wide variety of notes have been produced, and make an interesting and inexpensive area to collect. We assembled a collection of 8 different Hell Bank Notes from China and Vietnam. It includes both traditional style notes exchangeable for goods in the afterlife and modern, multi-color currency style notes.
Item PM-HELL8 COLLECTION OF 8 DIFFERENT HELL BANK NOTES $4.00

For further information about Hell Bank Notes visit
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NEWATTRACTIVE OLD HUNGARIAN BANK NOTE 

Hungary 100 Pengo note, 1930 P112
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This attractive, old, Hungarian 100 Pengo banknote is dated 1930 and continued to be used throughout World War II.. The front depicts King Matthias Corvinus.  Matthias had an eventful life. He grew up in Transylvania and was married and widowed by age 12, though he never consummated the marriage.  After the death of his father, a struggle broke out between the Hungarian barons and the Hapsburg King and Matthias was sentenced to be be-headed. He was spared on account of his youth.  In 1458, at age 15, he was elected to be King of Hungary by the Hungarian Parliament.  He spent most of his life at war, both to protect his throne from other claimants, protect his country from other powers and to expand his kingdom.  He regained Bosnia from the Ottomans.   Through the skillful use of arms and diplomacy he was crowned King of Bohemia in 1469.  He imprisoned his vassal, Vlad III the Impaler, (also known as Dracula).  He eventually allowed Vlad to marry Matthias's cousin and released him so he could fight the Ottomans.  Matthias died in 1490, leaving no legitimate heir and his empire collapsed.  His reign is considered one of the most glorious in Hungary’s long history and he became a popular hero of Hungarian folk lore. The back of the note has a picture of the famed Buda Castle as it looked in the 1930's, before being damaged in World War II and modernized by the communists that followed.
Item PM-HU-100P HUNGARY 100 PENGO NOTE 1930 P112 VF $3.00



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