Although these large 1000 kronen note bear the date 1902, they were actually issued in 1919 (P59 & P61) At the end of the First World War, the Austrian Hungarian Empire was broken up and Austria became an independent Republic. They are densely engraved in blue. The front features a young girl in a frame with garlands of flowers in her hair. while the back features a young girl to the left and right with a patterned design below (P61).
Although this large 1000 kronen note bears the date 1902, it was actually issued in 1919 (P59) At the end of the First World War, the Austrian Hungarian Empire was broken up and Austria became an independent Republic. They are densely engraved in blue. The front has a young girl in a frame with garlands of flowers in her hair. A crowned double headed eagle is at the centre. The back is the same with the addition of an overprint in red of Deutscheossterriech alongside. Available here in Crisp GEF/Unc.
These 10,000 mark notes dated 1922 are often referred to as Vampire notes. This is because, hidden in the portrait of the merchant on the front, is a vampire sucking his throat, an allusion to the burden of reparation payments Germany was subject to after World War 1 which were bleeding the economy dry. Available here in Crisp EF/GEF.
A pair of Uncirculated notes were issued in the early years of the 20th century in Germany. Both are densely engraved in the style of the time. The first is the 5 marks dated 1917 (P56 ) A young woman wearing a garland of flowers is to the right. The 10 marks dated a few years later in 1920 have a simple design with an eagle to the left and right on the front. (P67) Both notes are Uncirculated.
This colourful 5 mark notgeld from 1920s Bielefeld was issued to commemorate the end of World War I. The note lists all 29 states Germany was at war with and the countries it made peace with. It also records the end date of the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918, which marked the start of the German Republic. The design shows a man with a pipe and a man sowing seeds. Historic and Uncirculated.
After Germany merged the different states into one country, their coinage was made of silver. The one that I like best is the Half Mark dated between 1901 and 1919. They have an eagle on one side and the denomination on the other. They are struck in 900 fine Silver and the newest one is over 100 years old. We managed to get a high grade group in Uncirculated condition. All high grade silver coins and over 100 years old, the price is well within range.
These unusual Notgeld were issued for a camp of German Prisoners of War in Avignon France. They are dated Christmas 1921, a long time after the end of World War 1. They have a stated value of 5 marks or 50 centimes and could be redeemed after being freed. They are fairly crudely printed with vignettes of a snowy scene in the camp and a mother with her children near a Christmas Tree. The back has a poem which reads like a lament, accusing Germany, their motherland, of abandoning them.