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#1225547 - Sat Apr 21 2018 11:46 AM The oddest coin I've ever seen ("Die Schwarze Schande", 1920)
Wonder Boy
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I've collected coins for a few decades, and this is the weirdest thing I've ever seen:

"Die Schwarze Schande", 1920 Rhineland occupation commemoration coin

It's a propaganda piece, and noteworthy that it precedes Hitler's rise by a decade. But as the listing cites, marks events referred to by Hitler in Mein Kampf.
The giant penis the woman is bound to, and the French-helmeted head, make me wonder how anyone could take the thing seriously. This is a commemorative coin, not one in circulation used as currency. The one I saw for sale was a later minted copy, not the original shown here.

One of the aspects I like with coins is the enlightenment they provide to historic events.
Of U.S. coins, I especially like the ones minted in the first half of the 20th century, particularly those listed in a section called "commemorative silver", commemorative 50-cent coins minted usually one year, mostly in the 1920's and 1930's, commemorating major events in U.S. and state history, such as the Oregon Trail, the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America, with some particularly nice designs. Their limited nature makes them sell for much higher than most coins.

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#1225549 - Sat Apr 21 2018 11:59 AM Re: The oddest coin I've ever seen ("Die Schwarze Schande", 1920) [Re: Wonder Boy]
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The Nazis also had "Getto coins" that apparently were used in the Jewish ghettos they interned Jews in, before the concentration camps.

From one e-bay listing, explained:

 Quote:
Germany / Poland / Ghetto Litzmannstadt 10 marks-1943
Grade: SS-vz, small patches
Germany / Poland / Lodz. Ghetto Litzmannstadt.
10 mark aluminium 1943.
3.43 g


By Regulation/Decree (on the 8.Juli 1940) was the Reichsmark, though
the ghetto within the boundaries of the former German Empire was abolished as official means of payment and the inhabitants of the ghetto
Litzmannstadt were forced to exchange their money for the (almost worthless) receipts. For this reason, the coins belong to and
Banknotes of the Ghetto Litzmannstadt actually to the official editions of the German dependencies.

To maintain the fiction of a Jewish Government, are all banknotes issued in the ghetto with the printed signature of the
Oldest of the Jews (Rumkowsky) provided. Issued were 10 Pfennig coins (2 different material magnesium) as well as 5 and 10 mark pieces in
the materials aluminium and magnesium, as well as a very small amount of 20 mark pieces in aluminium. Of all coins, there are more counterfeits than
Originals - these should be bought only with expertise, or in stores with warranty and return policy. There are notes with the
evaluate [of] 50 Pfennig, 1 mark, 2 mark, 5 mark, 10 mark, 20 marks and 50 marks. There are still rationing documents like talons for lunch,
Additional meals, etc., bread cards, Casino tokens (for the Gestapo) and more vouchers. These are partly in the book by Hans-Ludwig "The money of terror," Grabowski (S. 355 to S. 393) described and illustrated.

Hanno Loewy writes in his foreword in the book Litzmannstadt a chapter of German history of money (author of the book: G.Franquinet,
Peter Hammer, H.u.L. Schoenawa): "fifty years ago, in the summer of 1944, the ghetto in Lodz was liquidated. Behind these stark terms, this is at the end of four years of cynical illusion. For four years the German authorities in the annexed Polish city had maintain[ed] the fiction of Jewish self administration and at the same time [kept] the Jewish population [in] starvation and forced labor, finally [sent] off [in] 1942 through deportation to the death camps, [and] murdered."


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#1225612 - Mon Apr 30 2018 06:23 PM Re: The oddest coin I've ever seen ("Die Schwarze Schande", 1920) [Re: Wonder Boy]
Wonder Boy
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Man, get a load of this!

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Germany_5_Mark_1904_VF_Art_Nouveau_Banknote.jpg

A 1904 5-mark bill. Love tha art-Noveau decorative mythological details, particularly the dragon on the back, with a smouldering wisp of smoke coming out of his nose. I wonder if all the bills from this period are as decorative.

The Weimar-era bills and the Nazi-era bills are both fairly lackluster, especially by comparison to this one.


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