Bamberg – 2 x 1 Milliarde mark notes


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2 great looking notes issued in Bamberg with a face value of 1,000,000,000m.  The picture on their reverse sides shows a town crier getting the people’s attention with his trumpet.  The note refers to the war indemnity paid by France to the newly-founded German Reich after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Both notes are in ‘used but very good’ condition – please see scans. 1 note has a black serial number and a black oval flat stampmark, whilst the other has a blue serial number and a raised white stampmark (Praegstempel).

‘Hear ye, my lords, and harken : As a billion I begin my course.

The whole of France once paid five billion When back in “Seventy” its war wounds smarted.

This amount, what a bagatelle, You have it in your waistcoat pocket!

But what you can buy for it Pretty much fits into your waistcoat pocket!

We can laugh about it, but a multitude without number laments And price inflation has sounded the alarm.

That what has befallen us this might end well, My lords, we wish and hope!’

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