Verkehrsausgaben Intro.

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.)

Loebujuen - set of 3 verkehrsausgaben notes

The notes above are a beautiful set of verkehrsausgaben notgeld which although are colourful, can be seen as less colourful than the serienscheine types. They are dated 1920 and would probably be dated 1921 were they to be serienscheine. They catalogue as T.Loebejuen06/07 & 08. Each has a catalogue value of 4 euros. Catalogue values from ‘current’ ones, tend to be spot on with market values. The rarer pieces though, quite often reach higher prices at auction than their stated catalogue values!).

The following scan shows a beautiful piece of verkehrsausgaben, issued in Karlstadt, depicting St. George killing the dragon. The colourful piece has several variants with the serial number and also comes with either the printers name at the bottom or without it. A beautiful looking note. (Very interestingly, the design was later re-used on hyper-inflationary issues, printed by the same city.

50pf Karlstadt verkehrsausgaben notgeld issue.

hyper-inflationary 1923 notgeld issues from Karlstadt

As I am a dog lover and have had 2 Rottweiler dogs, this piece of notgeld issued in Rottweil needs a mention here! A ‘normal’ but striking piece of verkehrsausgaben notgeld.

I wonder how many people have spotted the 2 hamsters at the top of the reverse?

They seem to be the cause of the misery on the face of the imperial eagle, as hamsters represent hoarders – info supplied by my collector colleague John Adams!

The scan below is of an uncommon ‘private’ verkehrsausgaben set of 3, issued in Pouch. The pieces are made of coloured card and are very basic in design. Issued by the ‘Konsum verein’ (consumer operative/association……………..or co-op) the pieces catalogue as T.Pouch5740/05.01=03 and the set of 3 has a value of 60 euros.

Complete set of 3 small sized pieces made of card issued in Pouch and dating from 1920

An interesting piece of verkehrsausgaben from Einbeck, originally issued in 1917 for 50 pfennigs but overprinted in 1923 to ‘Funf milliarden’ mark(5,000,000,000). The ‘valid until’ (gultig) date of 15 Mai 1919 has been extended/amended to 3 Dez. 1923.

Another interesting piece of verkehrsausgaben, this time issued in Bautzen. Dating from 1917 this scarce piece catalogues at 50 euros if it has a serial number, as it should normally have. This piece has no serial number so, for this note, it is a ‘Muster’ or ‘druckprobe’ piece (specimen/print sample) piece – nice piece of notgeld! Tieste specifies such pieces as ‘M’ (Muster).

The following scan shows a set of 2 verkehrsausgaben pieces (so primarily issued for circulation to help the shortfall of loose change) but interestingly, issued in ‘Neukirchhof’ – a place that actually never existed! So basically, a fantasy issue but not catalogued as serienscheine which you would tend to suspect. A real verkehrsausgaben oddity. ‘Druckmuster’ is print specimen.


Nesselwang issued different sets of notgeld, including ‘verkehrsausgaben’ and ‘grossgeld’ notgeld. – see the following images:


Did you notice the swaztikas in the corners on the last 2 sets of 3? Also, that one set has been hole-punch cancelled and one hasn’t………..and black and red serial numbers!

Lovely pieces for collectors!! Swaztikas appear on both obverse sides and reverse sides……………(grossgeld are pieces with a face-value of over 1m…….kleingeld have face-values up to 1m)


1914 & 1915 Intro.

Inflation 1922 Intro.

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