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Useful notgeld 'glossary'

Word translation


  • Abbildung - illustration
  • Aufdruck - overprint
  • Auflage - edition
  • Ausgabe - issue or edition
  • 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
  • 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)!
  • Kleingeld - notes of less than 1m in value
  • Kuenstler - artist
  • Mehrfarbig - multi-coloured
  • Notgeld - emergency/necessity money
  • Papier (Wasserliniertes) - paper with lines really close together
  • Pfennig - 1/100 Mark, so similar to English penny, although not same face value
  • 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.)
  • Ungultig - no longer valid, cancelled.
  • Verein - club
  • 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 " "



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