18 Mar 2019

Funny Where This Hobby Take You Sometimes.

Odd & Curious Money | Just Mokie

The thing I enjoy most about this hobby is how it sometimes takes you on a journey to a new and interesting item that you were not even aware existed before the journey began. I was doing some research on a future blog about the many silver rounds produced by mints around the world and suddenly came upon a German silver round depicting the Goddess Germania. With just the slightest amount of extra effort, I found this absolutely beautiful banknote, featuring a portrait of Germania, and dating from 1910. On the Obverse we see Germania sitting, next to an oak tree with a sword in her right hand and her left arm resting atop her shield. The shield is decorated with a German style Eagle and the Eagle has shield on its chest with another smaller eagle. to the left of Germania you see some farm implements and on the far right a line of Battleships are cruising in formation. One senses a Germany proud of its past but looking to the future with weapons of war at the ready. On the reverse, we see Mercury with a Winged Cap. Does that remind you of anything? The Goddess Ceres, the God of Agriculture and Bounty, matching the farming implements on the obverse. The Watermark shows Kaiser Wilhelm I, along with the denomination. The Text translated by Google Translate is: "A Hundred Mark Reichsbank main cash paying in Berlin without the identity check theSupplier of this Banknote. Berlin, den 21, April 1910; Empire Bank's Board of Directors. (One Hundred ReichsMark).Any person who counterfeit or falsifies banknotes or counterfeit or falsified banknotes and inTransport is punishable by prison not less than two years." Incidentally, Germany was on the Gold Standard back then and each German Mark was worth .358 Grams of gold. Using my diminishing math skills means that this banknote could be exchanged for 35.8 Grams of Gold. Since there are a little over 30 Grams of Gold to each ounce, then this Banknote would have been exchangeable for over an ounce of Gold back in 1910 Germany. Unfortunately, the bill is worthless, except to a lover of beautiful engraving and I do love having this note in my collection. I hope you enjoyed this blog, I enjoyed doing the research. https://www.leftovercurrency.com/1000-mark-reichsbanknote-1910-value/

30 Dec 2018

Railroad Currency

Odd & Curious Money | user_9894

Railroads played an important part in the 1830's through 1900's printing money for their employees and others. A research paper published by John A. Muscalus, Ph.D. shows images of more than 100 bank notes. Printed in 1971 it is a very interesting research report on this subject, and worth looking into.

25 Aug 2018


Odd & Curious Money | Longstrider

More than a month ago my wife saw this note on one of our favorite auction sites. Since I love anything about Antarctica, she went ahead and made a fair bid on it and forgot about it. Low and behold we received a winning bid alert from the auction house this Monday. What a surprise. She totally forgot about it. What a great surprise for me.

28 Jun 2018

What Cows (and some other weird things) Have To Do With Numismatics

Odd & Curious Money | Jonas's Coins

As Wikipedia states it, Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. So basically it’s the study of money. And PBS’s website tells us that 11 thousand to 8 thousand years ago, cows were used as money. That means that the Smithsonian’s “National Numismatic Collection” must have cows in it, right? And they must be keeping those cows at the National Zoo Petting Zoo, So that means that the petting zoo is a money museum. Ok, I guess they probably don’t have any cows as part of their numismatic collection, but here are some weird objects used as money in the Ancient World.

11 Apr 2018

What A Day To Shop The Good And The Bad

Odd & Curious Money | Pat

Well everyone how are you today. What is going on with our currency. My wife had to go to the store to pick some things up. As we always do i check the change when she gets home. So she gave it to me and asked her were she went she told me and i said this has never happened to me in my life of collecting. So she asked and I said well they stuck you with a fake twenty dollar bill. As soon as I touched it I knew. The paper was terrible. There was no threads. No water marks. No security strip. That should be light was dark and opposite. No intense small writing some of the words actually looked coloured in. I can go on look at the green seal. That's sad. These guys didn't even try. The reverse the same. You can probably see some things I gave up looking there is just to much. Then I told my lovely wife she has to take it to the bank and fill out some forms. A sad ending to this part.

24 Mar 2018

Gem City Business College Rare Educational Note

Odd & Curious Money | Pat

Hi everyone. Well another piece of currency. This currency was used for teaching in Business Colleges back in the 1800's. I was shocked when I saw some of the prices. There is one on eBay going for a surprising amount because it's from Notre Dame University. It looks like it's been thrown in a washer and dryer then put under a rock. The funny part is it's raw. When I saw the prices based on the condition of this note i was also shocked. I don't know if some of the prices are based on were it came from because I have seen a wide gap. Two sites have it very high and two others more reasonable. One site calls it the famous bee hive note. In the right hand corner you will see a bee hive. Now there are other notes not many with this but this is called the famous bee hive note. The author did not explain why. Now search the net if you have a name of a college you might find one but there is a market for them. Now anyone who who collects notes kindly leave some info on these. This particular note just seems to be every where. I bid on because my friend decided not to. If you and your friend have the same interest check with each other if you see a note you both might like. You just might loose a friend if you don't. I sent many messages to my friend till i was convinced he was not going to bid. You should do that with coins also. Always check it's common courtesy that's all it is. Makes things easier. Don't forget to click on the pictures so y o u see the whole note. It's marked as New. Now that's good like I said with the last note some take a beating very fast. So i hope you enjoyed this note. I'm branching out a little till I get my last token in the Coventry set. Take care and enjoy. Thanks for reading Mike.

23 Dec 2017

Pismo Beach Clam Money: the local scrip currency of 1933

Odd & Curious Money | Joshua

During the great depression of the 1930s most Americans had lost confidence in the US banking system as many saw their savings vanish when dozens of banks closed as a result of the wall street crash. When President Franklin Roosevelt was sworn into office on March 4th of 1933 he promised to rebuild the nations confidence in their banking system. Two days later on March 6th he ordered all banks to close for 3 days to allow the newly elected congress time to act. However, closures would continue on for longer than the allotted 3 days, and it would not be until a week later that American citizens were able access banking services once again.


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