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Imperial German 100 mark note front

I promise, I’ll write about something other than German banknotes in this series at some point – I just have so damn many of them, and I find them among the most interesting in terms of design.  Today we’re taking a look at a 1908 100 Mark note printed in Berlin by the Reich Bank Directory.  The imperial Mark was quite a strong currency up until the middle of World War I, when its value started to decline ahead of a total collapse in the early 20s that we talked about last post.  This particular note is very impressive, both in size and design: it’s a lot bigger than any modern banknote I’ve ever handled, and I love the intricate design on both the obverse and reverse of the note.

I especially like the reverse design, pictured below, with two women holding a portrait of Germania, the personification of the…

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