Country and Pick Number: Germany ; Pick P- R139
First year of issue: 1940
Denomination and currency: 20 Reichsmark
Issue type: uncirculated
Signature(s): see the scan
Description of paper money: Banknote (1940-1945) Dark brown on red-brown and pale olive underprint. "The Architect" by A. Durer at right. Series H 2671983
Back –Brandenburg Gate at center.. National motives.
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The first Reichsmark banknotes were introduced by the Reichsbank and state banks such as those of Bavaria, Saxony and Baden. The first Reichsbank issue of 1924 came in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1000 Reichsmark. This was followed by a second issue in the same denominations, dated between 1929 and 1936. A 20 Reichsmark note was introduced in 1939, using a design taken from an unissued Austrian 100 schilling banknote type. Five Reichsmark notes were issued in 1942. Throughout this period, the Rentenbank also issued banknotes denominated in Rentenmark, mostly in low denominations.
In preparation for the occupation of Germany, the United States issued occupation banknotes dated 1944, printed by the Forbes Company of Boston. These were printed in similar colours with different sizes for groups of denominations. Notes were issued for ½, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1000 Mark (not Reichsmark). The issuer was the Alliierte Militärbehörde("Allied military authorities") with In Umlauf gesetzt in Deutschland ("in legal circulation in Germany") printed on the obverse.
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