The German 'Mark'

.......... Deutsche mark, Silbermark, Goldmark, papiermark, Rentenmark, Reichsmark.................

Collectors of German banknotes and notgeld issues, will see the face value denominations on these German notes in 'marks', but they will differ, depending on the date of issue.

Since 1871, the date of original German unification, the mark has been the currency of Germany. It replaced the Thaler and also the South German gulden (state currencies used in Bavaria, Baden and Wuerttemberg) and, funnily enough, the Hamburg mark.The first mark, known as the Goldmark, was introduced in 1873, but with the outbreak of WWI, the mark was removed from the gold standard. The currency at this time became known as the 'Papiermark' and all the inflationary and hyper-inflationary notes of 1922 & 1923 were exclusively made of paper - the paper banknotes that we all collect. The Papiermark was replaced by the Rentenmark from November 1923......and then the Reichsmark in 1924. There was of course, also, the so-called 'Silbermark', a name for the 1 mark coins of the Second Empire issued from 1873 to 1916, that were 90% silver.

 

20mfront

A 20m banknote issued in August 1914.

 

Donaueschingen10m

A notgeld issue from Donaueschingen, for 10m, issed in 1918.

 

Soest3x3sets9

3 sets of 3 notgeld from Soest, issued in 1922, for 10m, 20m & 50m. The different colours were printed for the collector market demand of that time!

 

 

20millprayerfront

A Reichsbanknote with face value of 10,000,000m, issued in Juli 1923.

 

 

5milliardenmarkfront

A Reichsbanknote with face value of 5,000,000,000m, issued in September 1923

 

 

Auerbach1million

A private notgeld issue from Auerbach/Leipzig, dating from August 1923.

 

 

2millionRm

A hyper-inflationary notgeld issue, dating from August 1923, but unusually with a face value denoted in 'Reichsmark'.

 

2billionovp

A Reichsbanknote from August 1923 with face value of 2 millionen mark.....but subsequently overprinted to raise the face value up to 2 Billionen mark (2,000,000,000,000m)!

 

Duesseldorf100billion

A very high face valued notgeld issue from Duesseldorf, issued in November 1923, for 100 Billionen mark (100,000,000,000,000m)!!!

 

 

 

Berlin 2 Copy

A 'wertbestaendige' notgeld issue of November 1923, with face value in Goldmark (where the mark had, nominally, been linked back to gold..............to try and manage the hyper-inflation of the period.

 

 

Rentenmark Copy

A 5 Rentenmark banknote from Januar 1926.