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Offline Pellinore

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500 million marks of Duisburg, Germany
« on: October 22, 2020, 09:09:21 AM »
This is a banknote that I like because of its color contrast of ochre-pink and green-blue print on off-white paper. The city of Duisburg was built where the river Ruhr flows into the Rhine. When printed, it had a value of some ten dollars, a tidy sum for most Germans at the time. The note has seen use, too.

It measures 91 x 162 mm. The overall picture is followed by a detail to show the tiny underprint.

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Re: 500 million marks of Duisburg, Germany
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2020, 12:08:05 PM »
At least the design looks as if that was actually used for payments. :) Some of those beautifully designed and colored notes from other places in Germany suggest they were made primarily for collectors, but this one was probably not.

As you will know, a tower can be found in the coat of arms of many cities. The double eagle above it hints at Duisburg's former status as a free city. Practically it lost that status in 1290 though when it was pawned ...

Cannot read the signature, but it still is interesting: "Der Oberbürgermeister" is, in a bigger city, the First or Lord Mayor. Then you see the printed "i.V." (in Vertretung, on behalf). Now from 1914 until 1933, the mayor of Duisburg was Karl Jarres. In 1923, the Belgian occupation forces "rewarded" his passive resistance strategy with a two-month imprisonment, after that he had to leave the area. His anti-separatism attitude, in addition to political competences, made him popular and interesting for the Reich's government. So Jarres was Germany's minister of interior/home affairs in 1923/24. In 1925 he was close to becoming the country's president - won most votes (almost 40%) in the presidential election. But then he stepped back in order to support Hindenburg, and until 1933 worked as Duisburg's mayor again.

Christian (from the city just south of Duisburg  ;) )