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World Notgeld catalogue (Coffing)

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Bacchus2
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 Posted 07/10/2009  01:01 am Show Profile Check Bacchus2's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Bacchus2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hi,

I just bought the above catalogue to try and sort throught the 150 odd Notgelds I have. The catalogue is not very good however - really just giving an overview. My question is what do the numbers and letters mean - beside each city. The letters seem to indicate a rariety type value (according to the introduction) A-most common E-least common, but I don't get what the numbers beside the letters mean.

Can anyone enlighten me?

many thanks

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 Posted 07/10/2009  05:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have this book, and I am similarly frustrated by it's lack of detail.

The little grey boxes scattered throughout the book tell you what the numbers and letters mean; there's such a box on p.130, for example (I've got the second edition). The numbers stand for the different kinds of notgeld that were issued eg. paper notes, metal coins, POW camp tokens, etc. and the letters stand for the approximate rarity/value of that class of notgeld from that city.

For example, the entry for Gummersbach (also on p.130) reads "1B 2B 6A 14B". Referring to the table, this means that in the name of Gummersbach, there are known to have been issued "municipal paper" (paper notgeld issued by the town council), "private paper" (paper notes issued by private businesses and indivuals who were based in that town), "municipal metal" (metal notgeld tokens issued by the town council) and "WWII issues" (paper notes issued during the WWII period). The metal tokens are rated "A", the commonest category, while the three types of paper are rated "B", the next scarcest.

What this catalogue doesn't attempt in any way is break down the categories in any way, or let you know how many different types of notgeld there were issued in these different categories, or even if there are any scarce varieties to look out for. It's extremely general, just a checklist of issuing cities, really, and all but useless for determining the actual rarity or value of a specific piece of notgeld.

Unsatisfactory, but I guess anything more comprehensive would have been a huge, multi-volume task. The Keller notgeld catalogues cited in Coffing run to 30 volumes, and even this series is not "complete"!
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 Posted 07/10/2009  08:13 am  Show Profile Check Bacchus2's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Bacchus2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Sap for that.

Yes - I wouldn't advise buying this book really. If you are into Notgeld then it is not sufficient - and if you are interested in just a general look and feel - it still doesn't help that much -- absolutely nothing about actual notes - other than the images - but they are just images - not catalogued in any way.

Thanks very much for explaining the workings of it.

Apparently there are some 160,000 notgeld examples so proper catalogue will be huge - I may have to find a specialised forum and try there -- I don't think this site (good and all as it is) seems to cover Notgeld that much

Thanks again

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I've not heard of a specialist notgeld forum. No doubt such exist, but since many notgeld collectors are German-speakers, you're more likely to find them on a German coin forum.
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 Posted 07/11/2009  11:03 pm  Show Profile Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
http://notgeld.com is an online forum on all types of Notgeld. There is a one time membership fee when I joined it was $25, I'm not sure what it is now. Not a lot of members but there is some good info there.
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