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The following scan shows a set of 3 serienscheine pieces from Koeln-Delbruck. Unusually here though, the complete set is made up of 1 piece with a face value of 25pf and 2 further pieces, both with a face value of 50pf!


The following scan shows the largest note of a set of 9 issued in Memel. Noted for their beauty, collectors find this set in particular a great joy to have in their collections. Prices for these pieces have risen due to the overall supply and demand and the larger face valued notes are fairly expensive and hard to come by in clean and uncirculated condition.

Memel 100m - (Lm.857)

The piece(s) above are very rare. Issued by the casino in Bremen, they are stamp-like pieces issued in 4 'triangles' made up of 3 pieces in each triangle. Placed together, they form a lovely and very colourful square.

Collectors of notgeld will, undoubtedly, have come across some really colourful graphic sets, which were issued in 3 colours - brown, blue and olive green. Each of these pieces appear to have been designed by the same artist and share very similar attributes.

  • highly colourful pieces
  • official circular stamp from the town/magistrate/community
  • ornate 'borders' enclosing the colourful graphics
  • colours of the graphics are predominantly red, blue and yellow
  • text is always in black
  • all pieces issued in brown or blue or olive green obverses (fronts)
  • all issues appear to have a broad religious theme
  • there is a comical element to the graphics

    Thoughts on the '3 colours' sets/pieces from a collector colleague............
    I've got the Helmarshausen notes nestling in one of my Hessen-Nassau
    albums and they are a particular favourite as I'm a bit of a
    medievalist on the quiet. And the Helmarshausen story is quite a
    riveting one in the world of the Serienscheine, isn't it?  Once I'd
    read it my first reaction was to think it was made up on purpose for
    the series, like the Noerenberg story of the giant lobster or
    crayfish.  But I Googled a bit and sure enough, in 1330 / 31 the
    convent of Gottsbueren was apparently claiming that they had found the
    corpse of Christ and the local bishop was recognising their chapel as
    a place of pilgrimage.  Which seems to me to be in conflict with the
    doctrine of the Ascension,  but back then I'm sure they didn't have
    the Internet to help them think it through.
    I did wonder if this is an example of anti-Catholic (as opposed to the
    more common anti-Semitic) Notgeld?  The tone is humorous (the
    blacksmith feeling sorry for the abbess and helpfully supplying the
    traveller's corpse with the marks of the crucifixion) and the verses
    almost playful, but then again, so is the tone in the anti-Semitic
    Notgeld from Beverungen (e.g the 75 Pfennig note with the pun about
    the elderly Jew being shaved).  Even the medieval punishments on the
    Brakel 50 Pfennig and the scene of the secret Feme court execution on
    the Bruchhausen notes have a greater or lesser humorous tone and a
    common theme of The Good Old Days, and all four sets appear to be from
    the same artist / humorist. So I might be reading too much into it, it
    might just be from a school of humour tapping into prejudices and a
    mindset prevalent among certain classes in the region at the time.
    They really are cool looking notes though.

    Bruchhausen, Beverungen, Brakel, Luchtringen, Helmarshausen, (Godelheim, Vinsebeck.......also sets in 3 colours)