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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 16, April 17, 2022, Article 3

NEW BOOK: GERMAN BANKNOTES 1874-1918, 2ND ED.

Here's a Google-translated article from the Geldscheine Online newsletter about a new book on German banknotes. -Editor

German Banknotes 1874-1918 2nd edition book cover Thomas Grebe and Gerd Holzbach

Special catalog of German banknotes from the Kaiserreich from 1874 to 1918 with all variants and edition numbers

124 pages, illustrated in color and black and white throughout,

Format 21 cm x 29.7 cm, paperback,
Goldbach 2022
Price: 24.90 euros
ISBN: 978-3-94995-800-7

The authors' special catalogue, bilingual in German and English, on Reichsbanknotes and Reichs- and Darlehnskassenscheine of the German Empire has already been published in its second edition.

The aim was to gain new insights into the editions and variants resulting from the allocation of serial and underprinted letters with the associated number ranges and their current rarity through an unprecedented viewing of banknotes in collections, in specialist shops and at auctions to win. The decisive factor here is what is referred to as a variant. Of course, standard catalogs can only be limited to the essential differences in the design of banknotes and cannot list and evaluate every combination of underprinted serial letters that occurs as a separate variant. That would also go beyond the scope and in the end is usually only addressed to special collectors, while the vast majority of collectors with one note per type, but mostly satisfied with one note per version. After all, there are still so many more notes with fascinating history and design to discover and collect. However, new insights can sometimes only be gained through a mass evaluation.

The authors did not shy away from hard work. For the first edition, more than 100,000 banknotes in large private collections, extensive duplicate stocks and auction goods were scrutinized and, based on the evidence of the lowest and highest control numbers, previously known number ranges could be expanded and clearer information on the editions of series could be given . This also triggered the urge to research among many collectors and numerous reports of control numbers followed, with which the number ranges could be further expanded.

  German Banknotes 1874-1918 2nd edition sample page 2

With the second edition, the numbering in the catalog was adjusted, among other things because now - as in my catalog "The German banknotes from 1871" since the 21st edition 2018 - not only the hundreds and thousands with red and green seals and control numbers, but also the 1914 loan register slips with red and blue seals have their own main numbers. Strictly speaking, however, the notes with the green and blue seals do not belong in a catalog with the issues of the Empire because they were only issued during the "Weimar Republic", even if they still bear the old date. But of course you can do that, because the layman will always look at the face value and the date first to determine a note.

If the spirit of research has also been awakened and if you would like to help support the authors and thus contribute to further knowledge, you can order the recommended book from the company RBCurrency:

RBCurrency Germany Rossberg/Banspach GbR
Aschaffenburger Strasse 138
D-63773 Goldbach
Phone 06021/3288560
Email: info@rbnumisbooks.com

  German Banknotes 1874-1918 2nd edition sample page 1

If you would like to help to contribute to further research into paper money in the Kaiserreich with your own reports, please send your report with photo credits directly to: VARENTAN concerned@t-online.de.

To read the complete article, see:
Neue Auflage des Spezialkatalogs zu den Banknoten des Kaiserreichs (https://www.geldscheine-online.com/post/neue-auflage-des-spezialkatalogs-zu-den-banknoten-des-kaiserreichs)

For more information, or to order, see:
https://rbcurrency.com/i/new-rbnumisbooks-info

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