Scope and Contents
This collection is composed of two albums containing a collection of Notgeld, or 'emergency money' printed in Germany after all the low-value coins had vanished due to a shortage in metal during the inter-war period. Most notes are dating from 1921. They are called 'vouchers' rather than actual bank notes, and have an expiration date. They have very little actual monetary value: most of them are around 50 pfennige (pennies) ; they represent the small change of daily life while the high-value notes from the Reichsbank continued to circulate. Every town and city made its own Notgeld, and as a result the illustrations on these notes are a representation of local identity and civic pride. They are all very varied and very colourful, and can depict: the town itself, legendary characters linked to the history of the city, medieval scenes, important historical and contemporary figures, local soldiers in their uniforms, farming activities, caricatures...
The album entitled 'Deutsch Notgeld' is arranged geographically. It is divided in 12 series: Bayern, Thüringen, Süddeutschland, Hannover u. Oldenburgh, Westdeutschland, Freistaat Sachsen, Schlesien, Westfalen und Hessen-Nassau, Provinz Sachsen und Braunschweig, Nordostdeutschland, Schleswig-Holstein, Brandenburg. Each page contains around 10 notes. Also included in this album is an article in Swedish on German notgeld, by Karl Bratke.
The other album, entitled 'Notgeld 1914-1924', isn't arranged in identifiable sections but tends to be arranged by town. Despite what is written on the cover, most notes date from 1921. There are about 15 notes per page. Also included in this album are actual bank notes showing the inflation in Germany at the time: for example, one of the notes is for 100 trillion marks.
Two volumes, one with oblong folio (250 x 355 mm), 80 pages, each page with three stiffened paper strips, and the other one also with oblong folio (280 x 330 mm), 50 pages, each page with four stiffened paper strips; holding in total around 750 loose Notgeld notes and other currency of the period. Some light sunning to the margins of the leaves but the notes themselves are in excellent condition overall.