Yellow 75 Pfennig Hameln notgeld showing Septuplets memorial
This notgeld is from Hameln and has the value of 75 Pfennig. It shows the Septuplet Stone of Hameln. The inscription in German reads: 'Alhier ein Buerger Thiele Roemer genannt, seine Hausfrau Anna Breyers wohlbekannt, als Mann zaehlte 1600 Jahr den 9ten Januarius des Morgens 3 Uhr war von ihre zwey Knaebelein und fuenf Maedelein auf eine Zeit gebohren sein haben auch die heiligen Tauf erworben folgends den 20ten 12 Uhrs seelig gestorben Gott wolle ihn geben die Saelligkeit die allen Glaeubigen ist bereit' and translates as: 'Everyone living here knows of a citizen called Thiele Roemer and his wife Anna Breyers, that in the year 1600 on the 9th of January at 3 in the morning from her two little boys and five little girls were born at the same time and they were christened too. On the 20th they died at 12 o’clock. God wanted to give them the blessedness of all believers.'
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.