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German Notgeld Collector Of 46 Years, From Uk.

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 Posted 11/27/2020  07:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Of course, in the scenario that I actually find something unusual, this would of course also be pretty neat.

And this 50 pfennig piece, even if initially looked like a perfectly standard serienscheine type, was in fact a bit unusual...



It took me quite a few seconds of studying the legends to confirm that this note was, in fact, issued by the Leipzig Zoo, and not just by the city of Leipzig commemorating the zoo.

Of course, for all I know it might well be serienscheine anyway, and the condition is not exactly good, but it's an interesting variation from the usual city and town issues. (I hope to get more of such various issues some day.)
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 Posted 11/27/2020  07:26 am  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, it is serienscheine, issued by the zoological gardens in Leipzig. Rather tatty though......you should be able to get almost all serienscheine issues ( except for the really rare stuff) in 'au-unc' condition still. They may have very very slight problems.........tiny brown marks, 1 corner slightly rounded etc.......but basically they should be mint. Those that are obviously in used condition show that even pieces just intended for the collectors of the times, saw use in these troubled periods.
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 Posted 11/28/2020  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1m Ennigerloh note with the devil and the owl, depicts the devil (who was sleeping on a bed of straw which caught alight) running off from Ennigerloh with his backside on fire. The owl, usually a symbol of wisdom, but in German superstition more a bird of ill omen, watches on. (The translation has been very difficult for my very knowledgeable notgeld colleague, but at least now, we now what the pictures are about.
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 Posted 12/07/2020  07:17 am  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is an early issue from Janow:



Notice how plain it is, compared to the very colourful pieces of 1920/21. This note is undated but dates from 1915, as per the catalogue. As well as this 5m piece, the town issued a 2m & a 4m note, where all the face-values could be hand-written in and then stamped for validity....on the same 'blank' note.
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 Posted 12/11/2020  10:33 am  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is an absolutely lovely looking banknote:



The crossed hammer and chisel, show that Bochum was/is an industrialised city.
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 Posted 12/11/2020  11:20 am  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It has an interesting reverse too, so I'll post that over the weekend hopefully.
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 Posted 12/13/2020  12:34 pm  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



The words around the graphic are all about the note's validity.......which got me thinking......so what or who is the 'witch' like character?
Anyone hazard a guess or does anybody know?
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 Posted 12/14/2020  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting.

Before I read your question I thought it was Death symbolically taking Germany to its grave. When I looked back at it I could see the image of the face, looking more like the witch you describe.
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 Posted 12/14/2020  10:22 am  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@jbuck - I don't think the figure is 'death' either. Having had a discussion with a couple of my notgeld friends, we think it is a learned monk, shining his lantern through the Bochum coat-of-arms so it lights up like a book. The message perhaps being.....intellect has got us through the hundreds of years and it will get us out of this mess (hyper-inflation) too and it will shine the way forward. The letters 'S' and 'B' in the diamond shape must surely stand for Stadt Bochum, so the town is proud of its history.
It's another great looking note with a story to tell. I keep on stumbling upon things like this and it is what makes collecting notgeld so fascinating. I'll keep adding pictures and stories if people like it?
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 Posted 12/14/2020  11:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Having had a discussion with a couple of my notgeld friends, we think it is a learned monk, shining his lantern through the Bochum coat-of-arms so it lights up like a book. The message perhaps being.....intellect has got us through the hundreds of years and it will get us out of this mess (hyper-inflation) too and it will shine the way forward.
I like that interpretation a lot!


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I'll keep adding pictures and stories if people like it?
Yes, please!
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 Posted 12/17/2020  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Check notgeldman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add notgeldman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A rare 100pf piece from Altenwied



In the German text, one can make out the word 'Vaterland'.....'Fatherland'......so obviously a patriotic note of some sort.....
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