Thursday, September 8, 2011

German banknotes : 1914 - 48 issues 03

At the end of the second decade of the 20th century (between 1911 and 1920), two types of banknotes were emitted  in Germany.
First we have the 'Darleh(e)nskassenschein' (without 'e' from 1917 on), notes with lower values.
Secondly, the Imperial Bank Notes (notes issued by the Imperial (National) Bank.
From 1920 on, under the so called Weimar Republic, all notes became 'Reichsbanknoten'.


Two notes were printed.
A 1 Mark and a 2 Mark note. All dated 12 August 1914

KM 50, 51 and 52 are for the 1 Mark
KM 53, 54 and 55 for the 2 Mark note.

The first print (50 and 53) have no underprint colour on the back (just green for the 50, red for the 53).
The notes are printed on white paper.
The second print (51 and 54) have a green or red underprint on the back. there's a brown (51) or red (54) pattern over the entire note. These notes were printed in 1917
Finally the third printing (1920) have blue serial numbers and seals.

Germany KM 54 front
Germany KM 54 back

1917 -18

In 1917 and 1918 two additional notes were emitted by the Darleh_nskasse, (without 'e').
A 5 and a 20 Mark note came into circulation.

the 5 mark note come with 7 and 8 digits in the serial number.
KM 56a and 56b

Germany KM 56b - 8 digits in serial number
detail KM 56b
Germany KM 56b
KM 56b detail

The 20 mark came into circulation in February 1918.
It has 7 digits in the serial number and became KM 57.
KM 57

KM 57 detail
KM 57

Can you figger out who are those two beauties at the bottom of the note?
These were the last notes before the 'Weimar Republic' started in 1920.

At the left, Minerva (named after an in Belgian produced car at that time)
At the right, Mercury (easy to recognise with his winged helmet)

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