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Verkehrsausgaben were notgeld issues that were actually intended to go into circulation because of the shortage of small change (metal coinage). The following pieces were issued in Lossnitz and Milbertshofen.



Collectors will come across many small notgeld pieces that are sometimes in a very 'used' condition. These will almost certainly be from the category verkehrsausgaben. It does beg the question though, why some serienscheine pieces are found in very well used condition too, if these types weren't actually issued for circulation reasons?? Anyway, verkehrsausgaben notes were issued to meet the shortage of coinage and most have very small values.....10pf, 20pf,50pf etc. etc.....similar to coins of 10p, 20p & 50p.



There are 2 verkehrsausgaben coloured catalogues by Mehl which can assist the notgeld collector to distinguish and catalogue the pieces. If you can't find the pieces in the serienscheine catalogues, have a look in the verkehrsausgaben ones! Some of these pieces were issued in 'sets' and may appear to the average collector, to be a series issue. It takes time and a little experience to see the differences. Most 'verk' pieces will be dated between 1917- 1920. They do tend to be less colourful, but come in a whole range of designs and colours.



The note below was issued in Neustadt and is dated 1.Dez.1918. It shows Father Christmas with some toys. A beautifully detailed and colourful note, that to the untrained collector could appear to be serienscheine. Probably, the biggest give away though is the date of issue, 1920.

Santa notgeld piece



These 2 notes above, issued in Speicher, are both lovely and interesting. The verses are in Mosel-Frankisch dialect, related to Luxemburgish.

25-Pfennig note :

'If you don't know money

And you don't know the way,

You're best off staying at home'.


50-Pfennig note ;

'Speicher, Speicher has lots of towers

Lots of people and little relaxation

Lots of winejugs and not much wine

The devil would want to live in Speicher.'


So, an odd little verse, quite self-deprecating and presumably saying that the Devil would love to live in Speicher because of the misery its people are in.  (The reference to the winejugs is on account of the winejug in Speicher's coat of arms - the town is a centre for ceramics and you can see the itinerant salesman loaded up with the wares.)