Useful notgeld 'glossary'

Word translation


  • Abbildung - illustration
  • Aufdruck - overprint
  • Auflage - edition
  • Ausgabe - issue or edition
  • Ausser Kurs / Ausser Kurs gesetzt - removed or withdrawn from circulation
  • mit Aussteller - with issuer (usually a stamp stating 'stadtkasse' - see Malchow catalogue entries as a good example)
  • Ausstellung - exhibition or show
  • Bild - portrait
  • Borte - braid trimming / galloon.
    1. 'mit borte umraendelt' - braided
    2. 'mit spitze umraendelt' - laced
    3. kurbelstickerei - machine embroidered/embroidery
  • Briefmarken - postage stamp
  • Buettenpapier - thick rough paper
  • Druckfehler - printing error
  • Druckfirma - printing firm
  • Dunkel - dark
  • Ecke - corner
  • Ehrengabe - presentation gift
  • Ersatzschein - substitute note (see Ersatzwertzeichen below - both terms are similar).
  • Ersatzwertzeichen - replacement note (see Ersatzschein above - both terms are similar).
  • Faelschung - forgery
  • Farbe - colour
  • Fehldruck - misprint (print error)
  • Freiheit - freedom
  • Gefangenenlager - prisoner-of-war camp
  • Gemeinde - Community
  • Grossgeld - notes of 1m or over in value
  • Gueltig - valid until.....
  • Gutschein - voucher or credit note
  • Handelskammer - Chamber of Commerce
  • Hell - light (colour)
  • Heller - 1/100 Krone, so note is Austrian and not German!
  • Kassenfrisch - 'cash register fresh' (uncirculated, like straight from an ATM machine)!
  • Kaufmaennischer Verein - merchant society or commercial society. (Modern-day translation would be "Chamber of Commerce and Industry").
  • Kleingeld - notes of less than 1m in value
  • Kuenstler - artist
  • Lebensmittelkarte - food ration card
  • Liebhaberpreis - ( value designated as 'LP' in the catalogues - see note at bottom of this section)
  • Mehrfarbig - multi-coloured
  • Notgeld - emergency/necessity money
  • 'nur zur Verrechnund' - only for settlement of invoices.
  • (companies would have issued notes but those stamped "nur zur Verrechnung" would not go into general circulation but be used to settle invoices from other companies, presumably for reasons of financial prudence......   Um?)
  • Papier (Wasserliniertes) - paper with lines really close together
  • Pfennig - 1/100 Mark, so similar to English penny, although not same face value
  • Rabattvereinigung - discount association
  • Rathaus - city or town hall
  • Sparkasse - savings bank
  • Spitze - lace, one kind of 'borte'
  • Stadt - city or town
  • Stoffgeld - money made of material (silk, linen, velvet, leather etc.)
  • Ungiltig / Ungultig - no longer valid, cancelled.
  • Verein - club / society
  • Wappen - coat of arms
  • Wasserzeichen - watermarked paper
  • Weschselschein - change note

 

  • ohne datum (o.d) - without date
  • ohne Wz - without watermark
  • ohne WZ - without a value (on the note). Could refer to the corners of a note, where the boxes either say for example '75pf' or are just plain boxes.
  • ohne KN - without Konto Number (account/serial number)
  • mit KN - with " "

(In the notgeld catalogues, where most of the values in the up-to-date ones are in euros, some notes have 'LP' aagainst them as a catalogue value. Notes valued as 'LP', a short form of the German word 'Liebhaberpreis', the price for such notes is entirely up to the individual liking of the collector. This expensive category also covers trial notes, which appear very seldom on the market. All these notes can demand prices of approx. 1000 euros or higher.)