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1000 Mark 1919. IV Issue. Series I. Letter S, Germany

in Krause book Number: 45b
Years of issue: 02.1919 - 03.1919
Edition: 1 532 332
Signatures: Reichsbankdirektorium: Havenestein, v. Glasenapp, Schmiedicke, Korn, Maron, v. Lumm, v. Grimm, Kauffmann, Schneider, Budczies
Serie: 1910 Issue
Specimen of: 21.04.1910
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 187 x 110
Printer: Reichsdruckerei, Kreuzberger Oranienstraße 91, Berlin (from 06.07.1879 till 03.02.1945)

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1000 Mark 1919. IV Issue. Series I. Letter S




Two denominations 1000 are on right and left sides, at the top. At the bottom - letters "R.B.D" (Reichsbanknote Deutschland - Imperial German banknote).


1000 Mark 1919. IV Issue. Series I. Letter S

On right and left sides are flowerish design.

At top, on background is the Imperial German coat of arms (please read in reverse section)

Centered, on right and left sides, are the inscriptions: "Wer Banknoten nachmacht oder verfälscht, oder nachgemachte oder verfälschte sich verschafft und in Verkehr bringt, wird mit Zuchthaus nicht unter zwei Jahren bestraft."

In English:

"Anyone who imitates or distorts banknotes, imitates or falsifies and puts them on the market, will be punished in a official house not less than two years."

Also, centered, is the inscription: "1000 marks will be paid by the Reichsbank, in Berlin, without showing any identity card, to the bearer of this note. Berlin, April 21, 1910"


1000 Mark 1919. IV Issue. Series I. Letter S

The main image - The state emblem of the German Empire. Above the coat of arms is the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire.

On right side is the allegory of Agriculture.

On left side - the allegory of Navigation (independent leadership of the country).

Extract from the state decree:

"In accordance with the decision of the Imperial Government, I hereby confirm that the federal emblem represents in the golden field of the one-headed black eagle looking to the right, with straightened wings, but with feathers folded, beak, tongue and paws - red."

Many thanks to Reinhard Jansen from Germany for the information about the crown.


In 1871 a design and a model for a new state crown were created to reflect the new German Empire. The model was based upon the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and was kept in the Hohenzollern museum at Schloss Monbijou in Berlin, until it disappeared during World War II. It has never re-surfaced. No final crown was ever made.


However, the design was used as a heraldic device for the German Kaisers from 1871 until Kaiser Wilhelm's abdication in 1918. The crown was most used as an heraldic symbol, in the German coat of arms and the Emperor's personal standard.

A drawing of the crown is used as an emblem by a German monarchist group called "Tradition und Leben" ("tradition and life").

Crowns for the Empress and Crown Prince were also designed and wooden models made.

On right and left sides are bus-reliefs with boy and flowers. The location of this bus-relief till now is not found.

Denominations are on right and left sides. Also, many denominations are in circles, around the frame.


Banknotes of the first and second issues were printed with two red and green seals.

Red seals - meant free exchange for gold.

Green seals - not covered by gold.

Banknotes of the Series I with red seals (Letter S) had a purchase capacity of 490 Gold Mark.