An announcement from Munich this week unveiled a new book on the history of one of Europe's oldest bank note printing firms, Giesecke & Devrient.
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) today unveiled a new book on the history of banknote printing. The historical work follows developments in banknote production at the company from 1854 to 1943. The book has been co-written by Dr. Franziska Jungmann-Stadler, Head of the HypoVereinsbank's Banknote Collecting Foundation, and Ludwig Devrient, whose ancestors include founding members of the technology group. Dr. Jungmann-Stadler and Ludwig Devrient are both respected banknote experts of many years' standing.
Walter Schlebusch, G&D Management Board member and Group Executive of the Banknote business unit, says: "For Giesecke & Devrient, a company particularly aware of its long tradition having always been family-owned, the opportunity to cooperate with these two authors was too good to miss. Their book, entitled ‘Giesecke & Devrient - Banknote Printing 1854 to 1943', presents the early days of banknote production at G&D and makes this history accessible to a wider audience for the very first time." Using the notes printed by G&D over the years, the publication reflects the history of currency through the 19th and 20th centuries, and is an excellent reference work for anyone with an interest in the historical development of banknote printing.
The book, which is illustrated with color pictures throughout, traces the history of banknote production at G&D's original East German headquarters in Leipzig from 1854 to 1943. Because of the destruction inflicted during World War II, up until German reunification, only patchy information was available regarding these early years. In order to obtain a comprehensive overview of the period, the two authors took it upon themselves to carry out intensive research in cooperation with archives, museums and collectors, as well as with various central banks. The State Archive in Leipzig proved a particularly rich source of information, housing significant quantities of material that could be used to reconstruct G&D's fledgling history.
The book contains detailed information on all the banknotes printed by G&D between 1854 and 1943, and their respective issuers. Individual chapters are arranged chronologically according to initial order date and include a list of all the orders placed by each issuer. It is illustrated with numerous pictures, some of which show very rare and valuable banknotes. Each note is accompanied by an explanation of its iconography, the particular printing techniques used, and details of the paper manufacturer. The text has been produced in both German and English.
‘Giesecke & Devrient - Banknote Printing 1854 to 1943' is published by the Regenstauf-based publishing house H. Gietl Verlag & Publikationsservice GmbH on behalf of Giesecke & Devrient, Munich. Copies of the publication are available from all good bookshops or direct from the publisher (www.gietl-verlag.de).
Details about the book
266 pages, 21 x 29.7 cm, numerous color illustrations, hardcover
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Giesecke & Devrient Issues Historical Work on the History of Banknote Printing
Wayne Homren, Editor
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