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DDR coins, averse and reverse: Mark and Pfennige: From the 1960s and early 1970s
2 Mark, 50 Pfennige, 20 Pfennige, 10 Pfennige (Groschen), 5 Pfennige and 1 Pfennig pieces. All are of Aluminium with the exception of the 20 Pf. pieces.

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DDR Coins, averse and reverse: 10 Mark piece, Buchenwald Commemoration 1972, 5 Mark Commemoration 20 Years DDR, 1969
5 Mark, Brandenburger Tor, 1971, Silver, 1 Mark piece 1971, 20 Pfennige, 10 Pfennige, 5 Pfennige and 1 Pfennig. All aluminium, Buchenwald is nickel, 25 Year commemoration is copper bronze.

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DDR Banknotes have become very collectable, this was the last series of the mid eighties

 

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Great Britain, Penny pieces, copper, from 1897 till 1927:
Victoria
Edward VII.
George V., also some WW1 dates, 1916, 1917, 1918
All circulated and with wear. Were still in use till "Decimalisation" and the "New Pence" in 1971.

Two very old copper pennies, one is dated 1807, George IV., the other date unclear, possibly George III.
Six Pence, 1945, George VI., nickel, brilliant, uncirculated condition.

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France, Coins from 1792 till 1957
2 Sous 1793, Year 4 of the Revolution, Louis XVI. (still King), damaged and aged.
5 Centimes, Republic, year, 8 (1796)
5 Francs 1849, 2nd Republic, Silver
10 Centimes, 1855 and 1856, Napoléon III., Empereur, copper
2 copper 10 centimes pieces, copper, 3rd Republic 1902 and a further example with solder remains, date illegible,
5 centimes 1914, copper, 2 centimes 1897
1 Franc 1940, 3rd Republic, brass
3 examples of 2 Franc pieces, État Francais (Vichy), 1943, aluminium
4th Republic, 20 Francs, 1951 and 1952 (anciens francs), brass
10 Francs 1952, brass (anciens francs), 1 Franc 1957, aluminium

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Great Britain, 10 Shilling note, last issue before 1971
Hong Kong, Crown Colony, Elizabeth II., 1 HK Dollar.

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France, 10 Franc note, late 1960s - early 1970s. With portrait of Voltaire.
France, 50 centimes, local currency, Région Provencale, possibly war or emergency issue, valid till 31.12.1922, from my father.

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An Imperial Russian banknote over 500 Rubel, 1912 issue. Reverse with portrait of Peter the Great.

 

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Deutsches Reich, Weimar Republik, Inflation year 1922 issue
1 Thousand, 5 Thousand and 10 Thousand Mark notes.
1920, Banknote for 100 Mark

 

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Deutsches Reich, Kaiserreich:
100 Mark, 1908
20 Mark, 1914

 

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Deutsches Reich, 3rd Reich:
20 Reichsmark, issue 16. June 1939
20 Reichsmark, undated earlier issue by Hauptverwaltung der Reichskreditkassen

 

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2 Shillings and 6 Pence, issue by British Military Authorities, undated wartime issue, probably 1945
Allied Military Authorities, series 1944, issue for Austria (former Ostmark) 2 Schillinge and 5 Schillinge,
valid only for Austria, which had been separated from the rest of the Reich after the Allied occupation.
N.B.: A reunification with the rest of Germany is still officially prohibited by Allied Law!
Collected in Austria by a member of the 8th Army, Sergeant Carter from Chingford/Essex, who had served in North Africa and Italy,
and was decorated with the Military Medal and the French Medaille Militaire. Some of the other notes are also from his estate.

 

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Haven't seen these before. The ones I have, I only got by chance. They were given to me by a friend, whose father they belonged to.

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Here are some Wehrmacht Military Currency notes issued in September 1944, they were used to pay troops during the final months

of ww2. Soldiers were paid these while in transit when the soldier arrived at his post the notes could be converted to local currency

or occupation currency notes. The back of the notes includes regulations and instructions on how to use them.

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And here are the British Emergency Wartime banknotes issued in March 1940 for the duration of the war, these were finally replaced in 1948.

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Interesting, then there were also the extremely large banknotes, perhaps earlier, for example, these were also faked during the war, being produced in Sachsenhausen and some other KZs

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Töplitzsee, Salzkammergut, in the postwar years many faked notes were recovered. Some of these landed on the collectors market and auctions in the 1980s and 90s, as far as I remember. Quite a sensation at the time, they were hoping to find gold. No gold was ever found, just an otherwise empty safe with some of these notes.

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As well as notes, postage stamps were also faked, as in these examples.

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Here is a short docu about diving in the Töplitzsee and historical background. Sturmbannführer Bernd Krüger led the project, and even returned to the scene many years later and accompanied  a diver to explore the depths of the lake, in a minisubmarine.

and another diving expedition....

 

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2 examples of a 5 Franc piece, Napoléon III., Silver, one is dated 1868, the other 1870. To the edge of the coins is the inscription in raised lettering:
Dieu protége la France. Not perfect examples, some slight edge knocks and wear, but reasonable.

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Coins of the German Empire after 1871, the year in which a universal currency was adopted by all member states, the Mark.

Bavaria,  five Mark piece with the portrait of Ludwig II. The reverse bears the first model Reichsadler and the date 1874.

Württemberg, three Mark piece, dated 1914,  with the portrait of Wilhelm II. of Württemberg, the reverse bears the new model eagle of 1889

Saxony, three Mark piece with the portrait of Friedrich-August III. of Saxony, dated 1911, this example seems to have a lesser silver content.

Below the portrait was usually a letter representing the city of the mint which produced the coin, A being for Berlin, J for Hamburg, D for Munich, E for Dresden, etc. Each state had it's own coins right down to the 2 Mark piece, in all 25 different states. Coins up to one Mark had no differenciation, apart from the letter of their mint. These coins were minted till 1914 or 1915, one Mark pieces till 1916, thereafter, silver began to get scarce and more notes were produced. Coins of lesser denominations were later minted in aluminium, zinc and iron.

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Prussia, 5 Mark piece, 1876, Wilhelm I., some edge knocks, dark attractive patina

Prussia, 2 Mark piece, 1888, Friedrich, used condition

Prussia, 5 Mark piece, 1903, new eagle, Wilhelm II., almost uncirculated, bright.

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Older coins, Prussia

One Reichs Thaler, Friedrich II., Berlin, 1783, Silver, average condition as normaly found

One Thaler, Friedrich Wihelm III., Berlin, 1802, Silver, average condition as normaly found

 

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Prussia, One Thaler, Friedrich Wilhelm III., so-called "Ausbeutethaler", 1836 - Segen des Mansfelder Bergbaues, 14 Thaler = 1 Feine Mark
Porträt of the King as more elderly, reigned 1797 - 1840

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Prussia:

2 Thaler (Doppelthaler), Vereinsmünze, Friedrich Wilhelm IV., Berlin, 1841. Reverse bears the great coat of arms of Prussia - Großes Staatswappen, VII = 1 Feine Mark = 3  1/²  Gulden
1 Vereinsthaler, Friedrich Wilhelm IV., Berlin, 1859, XXX = 1 Pfund Fein (pronuniciation: Taaler)

 

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A commemorative Medal by G. Loos, Jubilee Exhibition, Berlin 1886, First Art Exhibition Berlin 1786.
Averse has the portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm I., the reverse with the portrait of Friedrich II., Medal with a lesser silver content with tarnish and patina, a couple of slight edge knocks.

 

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Another 2 notes from the inflation year 1922,

10 Thousand Mark
Eine Milliarde Mark (!) = One Thousand Million, rather a bad joke

 

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very nice, I used to have nearly everything, mainly pennies and halfpennies, I had all the dates from 1945 down to about 1890 or so, plus a few earlier, were all the best from the daily small change. They now cost considerably more. Sorry I didn't keep them, but they would have weighed a ton all together.

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