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5000 Mark 1922. Third Issue. Series I, Germany

in Krause book Number: 81a
Years of issue: 01.04.1923
Signatures: Reichsbankdirektorium: Havenestein, v. Glasenapp, Budczies, Bernhard, Seiffert, Vocke, v. Grimm, Kauffmann, Schneider, Friedrich, Fuchs, P.Schneider
Serie: 1922 - 1923 Issue
Specimen of: 02.12.1922
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 130 x 90
Printer: Giesecke und Devrient GmbH, Leipzig

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5000 Mark 1922. Third Issue. Series I




On these banknotes of Third Issue is watermark - Z- und Sternmuster mit G und D, which consist of straight lines, forming letter "Z" and hexagonal stars, in there are repeatedly, light on dark background, letters "G" and "D" - stands for company "Giesecke & Devrient" (printer).

Source: Announcement of Reichsbank from 27 September 1922.


Z-, stars, G and D inside.


5000 Mark 1922. Third Issue. Series I

Hans V. Imhoff

On right side is the painting by Albrecht Dürer "Portrait of Hans V. Imhoff", 1521. Oil, canvas. Held in "Museo del Prado", Madrid, Spain.

Hans V. Imhoff (1461-1522) - The Nuremberg trader, the founder of the three existing Protestant lines.

Albrecht Dürer (21 May 1471, Nuremberg - 6 April 1528, Nuremberg) was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by emperor Maximilian I.

Dürer's vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later prints, altarpieces, portraits and self-portraits, watercolours and books. The woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), are more Gothic than the rest of his work. His well-known engravings include the Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours also mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium.

Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, has secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective, and ideal proportions.

In left lower and top corners, also centered (on background) are the eagles from German bank administration (Reichsbankdirektorium). This is evidenced by the abbreviation RBD. The seal, itself, is shown to the right and left of the signatures.

In the center, the text says that, from April 1, 1923, this banknote can be withdrawn from circulation as depreciated by exchange for other legal tender and, then, finally withdrawn.

Denominations in numerals are repeated 3 times, in words - at the top.


5000 Mark 1922. Third Issue. Series I

Rosette with pattern and denomination.

Text: "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, or imitates or falsifies and puts them on the market, shall be punished with prison not less than two years."



Paper with this watermark was originally produced by the fine paper manufacturer "Felix Schoeller & Bausch" of Neu Kaliss for "Giesecke & Devrient". After the use of the pattern in the production of Reichsbanknoten, it was produced by a large number of other companies and was no longer used by "Giesecke & Devrient".