*Featured Products*

Inflation 1923

Article Index

 

Private specimen (musterscheine) note.

The following scan is of a rare specimen note, issued by 'Weserwerke G. & F. Kaminski AG' of Hameln. (Georg & Franz).

This company name was in existence from 1923 - 1929. The company exists today and is called 'Franz Kaminski Waggonbau GmbH'.

Hameln kaminskimuster

 

Print error!! 

Below, is a scan of a very unusual Inflation piece of notgeld, issued in Memmingen  (28 Oktober 1923). It is a printing error or 'fehldruck' piece.

10 milliarden or 20 milliarden??

 

Memmingen printerror

 

 
Look out for notes that have nice imagery. They look fantastic in a collection. Below, are 2 examples of the imagery for the 'Phoenix rising from the flames', issued by the Phoenix company in Dusseldorf......on a 100,000m note and a 50 million mark note. There is a difference in the wing shape and position.............................
Dusseldorf100000mback
Phoenix50million

 

"Bergbau und Huettenbetrieb" translates as Mining and Smelting Works. 
 
The Phoenix Mining and Smelting Works Ltd was founded in 1852 in Eschweiler near Aachen, with the intention of mining both iron ore and coal to smelt and turn into pig iron, keeping the whole process in house, as it were, from raw materials to finished product. It had various plants along the Rhine. The company moved to Duesseldorf in 1921-1922, just before the issue of its inflationary notes.
 
One of its former steelworks, Phoenix East in Dortmund, was excavated and flooded and turned into an artificial lake in 2006.
 
Below is another example of the notgeld they issued, this time from the city of Hoerde.
 
Hoerde500mphoenix
 
The following interesting note, has some lovely graphics and imagery.
Itzehoebleedingeye
The depiction is extremely artistic in value with the 'all seeing but bleeding eye' at its central design, along with the 'suffering people' depicted at the bottom of the note, frantically praying and kneeling and kowtowing to God.........(notice all the clouds around the eye) with some possibly trying to escape God's wrath. I believe it symbolises the suffering of the German People, at the time when the whole monetary system was failing and also that the hyperinflation might be God's punishment. Perhaps the weeping All-Seeing Eye is God repenting that He ever made mankind as they have brought themselves to such a state by their evil.
 
 
Below, is another interesting face-valued hyper- inflationary notgeld, from Riedlingen. Issued in Oktober 1923, it has a face value of 250 milliarden (250 thousand millionen) mark (250,000,000,000m)...........that's 1/4 of a BILLION.
 
Riedlingen250
The following pinkish coloured note, below, was issued in Kaiserslautern and has a date of '15 August 1923'. They issued 50,700 pieces of this face value note, which had a combined face value of 10,140,000,000m!
I only know this because of the envelope shown under the actual notgeld piece, which details the different notgeld issues from the town of Kaiserslautern for the year of 1923. An interesting notgeld collector item.
Kaiserslautern200000m
Kaiserslauternnotes issued envelope