An item in the German Geldscheine Online newsletter this week caught my eye. Illustrated with a lot image from Heritage, it describes the post-WWII "Barter Unit" certificates of the US
occupation forces in Germany. Here is the Google-translated article text. I wasn't aware of these - very interesting emergency money issue.
Lexicon: Barter Units
At the instigation of the US occupation zone in Germany, so-called barter stores were opened in 1946 based on the pattern of the previously existing exchange ring stores, initially only in Berlin,
then also in Frankfurt am Main. Items that were made available by American soldiers and essential for the German population were exchanged for expendable items.
The bringer received no money, but barter units (also called barter units certificates), i.e. exchange money, the value of which was denominated in units and entitled to redemption for items with the
same unit value.
Exchange money via 1 barter unit of the US occupation forces in Germany, Frankfurt am Main, series 1946, front and back, fig. Heritage Auctions.
The exchange money in the Berlin store was 1, 50, 10, 25, 50 and 100 units.
The exchange money for the Frankfurt business, which existed until the currency reform in 1948, was issued in the same values ??as in Berlin, but in several different editions. There were also
fakes of the barter units.
Today the Barter Units are consistently rare historical evidence of the Allied occupation of Germany.
To read the complete article, see:
Lexicon: Barter Units
The article didn't include a link, but I was able to locate item on the Heritage website. It was sold in the January 2006 FUN sale. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
U.S. Military Barter Certificate 1 Barter Unit 1946. An interesting piece of scrip which may have served as a precursor to t...
Wayne Homren, Editor
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