30 Pfennig Suhl notgeld
- This notgeld is from Suhl and has the value of 30 Pfennig. It shows a man carrying a gun and a sword. The inscription in German reads: Suhl war einst die Waffen- und Ruestkammer Europas. Im 30jaehrigen Kriege lieferte Suhl die Hakenbüchse' and translates as: 'Suhl used to be the 'armoury of Europe'. In the 30 Year War Suhl delivered the blunderbus.'
This is one of sixty notgeld or 'emergency money' banknotes in the reference collection of packaging material which belonged to the designer Charles Hasler. Notgeld were produced by German towns, villages and municipalities from the end of the First World War until the mid 1920s, when the state bank (the Reichsbank), struggled with wartime metal shortages and post- war hyperinflation. The highly decorative notes soon became collectors items - and still remain to this day. They are double-sided and printed with their monetary value, information about the village, town or province of issue and some colourful illustration.