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German Hyperinflation Banknotes

 

2 Million Mark, 1923
(2,000,000 Mark)

2,000,000 mark 1923 front
2,000,000 mark 1923 back

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5 Million Mark, 1923
(5,000,000 Mark)

5,000,000 mark 1923 front
5,000,000 mark 1923 back

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10 Milliard (American 10 Billion) Mark, 1923
(10,000,000,000 Mark)

10 Milliard (American 10 Billion) mark 1923 front
10 Milliard (American 10 Billion) mark 1923 back

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100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) Mark, 1923
(100,000,000,000,000 Mark)

100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) mark 1923 front
100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) mark 1923 back

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Courtesy bank note museum

 

20 Billion (American 20 Trillion) Mark, 1924
(20,000,000,000,000 Mark)

20 Billion (American 20 Trillion) mark 1924 front
20 Billion (American 20 Trillion) mark 1924 back

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Courtesy Alan Kaim

 

100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) Mark, 1924
(100,000,000,000,000 Mark)

100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) mark 1924 front
100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) mark 1924 back

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Courtesy wikimedia

 

Money to Burn

money-to-burn

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Germany 1923 - Banknotes were so worthless that it was cheaper to burn them than buying firewood.

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Germany borrowed heavily to wage the war during WWI. After the war, it faced huge loan and reparation payments which far exceeded Germany's gross domestic product or GDP. When Germany could no longer made reparation payments in 1923, French and Belgium troops moved in to occupy the Ruhr, Germany's main industrial area. Without major source of income, the government took to printing money which resulted in hyperinflation.

The highest denomination before 1923 was 50,000 Mark. By early 1924, it reached 100 Billion (American 100 Trillion) Mark.

In the late-1923 currency reform, 1 Rentenmark was exchanged for 1,000 Milliard Mark (American 1 Trillion Mark). In late-1924, Rentenmark was renamed Reichsmark. Reichsmark notes continued in circulation until the end of WWII.

 

 

 

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