Country and Pick Number: Germany ; Pick P-181a
First year of issue: 1929
Denomination and currency: 20 Reichsmark
Issue type: circulated
Signature(s): see the scan
Description of paper money:Banknote 22.1.1929. Dark brown on multicolor underprint. Portrait Werner von Siemens at right. Watermark: W. von Siemens at left. With underprint letter.Series C 04922011
Back Dark brown.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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