'Happy are the people with a hobby, for they have two worlds in which to live'
A big Hello from me! I call myself the 'notgeldman from England' and also 'www*notgeld*com' on eBay. After having taught myself the basics of html coding, this is now my third attempt at designing a website....although I have now progressed to a CMS package (Content Management System). I have been collecting German notgeld (pronounced 'note gelt') for over 44 years now.
The scan below, shows a scarce uncut sheet of 6 pieces issued in Bleicherode, dated '1.3.1921' and all unusually, without their serial numbers! This uncut sheet would sell for around 100 euros.
I became interested in them when I was a young boy, aged about 8, when I purchased a bag full of notgeld at Greenwich market, near London, where I paid 3p each for them!!! I collect all types of German notgeld, except for inflationary issues and coin issues. My favourite types are the Bielefeld 100m stoffgeld pieces with different edges and borders. I have written a notgeld reference covering these pieces with a new catalogue numbering system and colour scans depicting the different types. Please email me if you are interested or want to find out more. I have also written 'German Gems' which can be seen as the encyclopedia of German notgeld..........a must for any true notgeld collector..........full of fascinating information and professional translations of a few of the fantastic German verses etc. etc.
Before I started to sell off my private notgeld collection, I had amassed over 20,000 different German notgeld pieces, with all pieces having a face-value of between 1pf and 1000marks - (I didn't really collect inflationary issues as they didn't really interest me that much). At that time, I believed it to be the largest 'private' German notgeld collection in the UK and it included the largest stoffgeld collection in the UK too (notgeld made of material). To compare, the British Museum at the same time had a collection which was around the same number of pieces, but which covered all face values, including the mass of hyper-inflationary issues...........the main reason I limited myself to the 1000mark face value!!
One of the scarcest pieces I had was the 1.5Gm (goldmark) leather note issued in Poessneck (in the former East Germany), known as 'toe and heel'. They were issued during the high inflation as wertbestaendiges notgeld. The value of the note lay in the value of the leather which could really be used as toe or heel for repairing shoes! That has now become part of another passionate collector's collection!
Another 3 very scarce pieces I had in my collection were Bielefeld 100m stoffgeld pieces (money made from a material......linen, silk, velvet etc.) which each had a catalogue value listed as 'LP' - (Liebhaberpreis), around the 1000 euro each or higher price bracket. These types were my real collecting passion.
I hope this page assists other notgeld collectors and also attracts others to start collecting them. Please email me with any comments or questions regarding the topic. I am a private collector and not a banknote dealer, although I always have serienscheine/verkehrsausgaben/inflationary/POW etc.etc. notes to swap or trade and currently ask for an average of 1 euro per note, equivalent to about 75p sterling, for any 'odds'. (The going price from dealer shops here in England is.....12 pieces for 10 pounds sterling). Complete sets can be slightly more, average of say...4 euros for a set of 3 pieces. (1 euro more as you are buying a complete set, which is usually what the collectors want and is OK for the odd specific set if you really want it). German notgeld prices have risen gradually over the years and auction prices are very strong. The scarcer pieces can quite often obtain prices higher than their catalogue value.
Some of the scans will show the reverse side of the note(s) if you move your mouse over the image. Please bear with me as this is quite time consuming to get all the images to do this - both images above have been coded and work.
I live in England, in the county of Cheshire. Why not start collecting German NOTGELD?? These notes are beautifully detailed, very colourful and fairly readily available, although they do seem far harder to come by nowadays. (Some were issued over 100 years ago!) Scarcer sets quite often reach prices far higher than their catalogue price. Why not start trying to build up your German notgeld collection? Email me with any queries you may have on the topic and I will endeavour to answer them all.
If you are a 'new' collector, why not join my GNCC (German Notgeld Collector's Club)? I am slowly adding more and more notgeld translations to the website, only available to my GNCC members. I would love to get as many different countries represented, to show that the passion for collecting these historical items is truly worldwide. We have more than 20 countries now represented by GNCC members!!!
All my GNCC members can email me and use my expert knowledge to assist them with their collecting and collections. If I knew all I do now about notgeld, when I was a young boy, I would not have been so quick to sell off all my 'doubles'.................or what I thought were duplicates - they probably weren't!! Quickly looking at the below scans - they look the same - but 1st scan has different signatures! ('Hoeck' or 'Dr. Zaepernick').......and the 2nd scan.............look at the 'pfennig' spelling! Subtle differences a notgeld collector will soon become aware of.......
An original old notgeld pamplet including price list, dating from 1921.
HAPPY NOTGELD COLLECTING
I am a keen cyclist, although it does seem to get more difficult the older I get! I cycle around 120 miles a week. Other interests I have are home D.I.Y. , home computing (including coding and designing this website), judo (1st Dan - black belt) - picture below was taken when I was a blue belt and just after I had won silver at the Cheshire Championships), training my 2 dogs.....a Rottweiler dog (Rio) and a very lovely natured Rottweiler bitch (Roxy) and also travelling. (We lost Samson, our white German shepherd dog, to old age. He can be seen pictured below, when he was in his youth). What a handsome boy he was!!
I used to work in I.T. (Information Technology) where I led a small and specialised team of Operation Analysts....for a leading worldwide financial institution. I have now, taken early retirement, as the old job I was accountable for, owning all issues relating to highly critical payment systems, is not an easy one! Life-balance is most important, especially with a family.
I have visited France, Spain, Menorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Germany (Hannover, Bremen, Gifhorn, Trier), Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, Greece (including Rhodes, Corfu and Crete), Italy (Courmayeur & Venice), The Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, The Bahamas, Jamaica, the former Yugoslavia, The U.S.A. (Florida & Las Vegas), Albania, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Tunisia, The Seychelles, Cuba, The Cape Verde Islands and most recently......Turkey.
I have met in person.....Colin & Simon Narbeth, Shaun Aspinall, Kai Lindman, Reinhard Tieste, Anton Geiger & Beate Rauch.......all of whom are very knowledgeable on the subject of notgeld.
Below are pictures of Roxy (my current Rottweiler), Samson (white GSD) and Rio (pictured with Roxy), both of who unfortunately have passed away, but who were so very much loved. (The picture of me in my judo 'gi' was taken just after I had won silver medal at the Cheshire Championships, when I fought for the Warrington Warjukwai team (judo warrior). For the last picture............you've guessed it...............I was in a Mexican restaurant on holiday!!