Paper Money shows in the way of printing the economic situation of the country. During a positiv economic period, the artwork is very intensiv. In a worse economic period, the prints are more simple.
In order of the foundation of the German Empire 1871 was the introduction of a common currency one of the most important task.
To the worldwar`s end, the value of the Mark was cut in half. Between 1914 and 1918 were Reichsbanknotes and loan office banknotes issued.
After the worldwar`s end, the inflation started in Germany. In 1923 paper money was printed in 133 printing plants and 30 paper mills.
The annuity bank was founded 1923 for stabilisation of the currency. The paper money was in circulation until 1945.
In the year 1924 the inflation money was changed into new Reichsmark. The rate was 1 trillion Mark = 1 Reichsmark.
German Military- and occupationmoney in the 1st worldwar 1914-1918. Issued by the German Army or the state.
German military- and occupation money during the 2nd Worldwar 1939 to 1945. Mainly used in Europe.
Areas with German language and near to the German territories, but with an independant administration.
Banknotes of German Colonies between 1905 and 1918 from German Eastafrica, German Southwestafrica, Cameroon and German Guinea.
In the time of inflation 1919-1924, towns and companies isued token money. Many a time with a high level of decorative art.
Germany with allied occupation 1945 to 1948.
Occupation money printed by american and soviet printing plants.
In the year 1948 the Mark was introduced into the area of the GDR. The National Bank of the GDR existed until the German Reunion in 1990.
founded 1949: Federal Republic of Germany
1949 - 2001 Deutsche Mark
since 2002 Euro (European Union)
Since 2001, January 1st, the countries of the European Economic and Monetary Union are issuing common banknotes in the currency of Euro.