German and Austrian notgeld currency collection
A single leather-bound album containing approximately three hundred pieces of German and Austrian notgeld paper currency in various sizes and denominations, created in approximately 1920. The album measures 11 x 14 inches. The notes are printed in bold colors and feature images of local landmarks, statesmen, and folktales. Several notes include an expiration date.
- Creation: approximately 1920
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Biographical / Historical
There is currently no biographical information available on the creator.
Biographical / Historical
Notgeld, German for "emergency money," refers to money issued by an institution in a time of economic or political crisis. This currency was produced in Austria and Germany during World War I and the immediate years following, when state-produced money was insufficient due to inflation. At this time the state bank appears to have agreed to allow towns, villages, and municipalities to issue their own money. Notgeld started to be collected as early as 1922, in part because of their colorful illustrations, with printed geometric borders or whimsical illustrations of folktales, landscapes, and local landmarks.
Source: "What Is Notgeld?" Accessed April 19, 2019. https://notgeld.com/intro-180/what-is-notgeld.
0.32 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (15.5 x 3 x 12 inches))
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A leather-bound album containing approximately three hundred pieces of German and Austrian notgeld paper currency in various sizes and denominations, created in approximately 1920. There is currently no biographical information available on the creator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from F. A. Bernett in July 2018.
Processed by Kristen Diehl in April 2019.
- Guide to the German and Austrian notgeld currency collection
- Kristen Diehl
- 2019 April
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