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Currency in crisis – German emergency money 1914-1924, British Museum

Currency in crisis – German emergency money 1914-1924, British Museum

Notgeld, or ‘emergency money’, from the early Weimar Republic, is a powerful illustration of the turbulent years during and after the First World War in Germany.

This exhibition reveals how this temporary currency responded to a national crisis with distinctive designs commenting on German society and politics. These range from the Turnip Notgeld lamenting the disastrous food shortage of 1917, to richly illustrated designs featuring regional landmarks and folk narratives, intended to buoy a population hungry for reassurance.

 

Notgeld with face value of 25 pfennig, issued in Brocken, Germany, 1922.

In its short lifespan, Notgeld’s...

10 and 50 rupees 1968 from Seychelles: Scum and sex banknotes!

10 and 50 rupees 1968 from Seychelles: Scum and sex banknotes!

Hidden among the corals on the left side of the 10 rupee banknote issued in 1968 by Seychelles, the word “SCUM” was added to the design...

2018-2019 Medal Exhibition at British Museum – “émigré” medallists in Britain

2018-2019 Medal Exhibition at British Museum – “émigré” medallists in Britain

For hundreds of years, artists from other countries have come to Britain and designed important and beautiful medals, adding a new element to British...

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