Germany P-56b / 5 Mark 1917 – UNC




Issued by Reichsschuldenverwaltung
Issue 1917-1918 Issue
Size 125 x 80 mm
Printer Reichsdruckerei, Berlin (Germany) – RBG
Security features Consecutively running serial numbers on the reverse. Red filament
fibers (hairs) scattered throughout the center portion of the reverse of the banknote
Signatures  8 total: Vieregge and 7 unidentified (Reichsschuldenverwaltung)
Obverse The note is printed in a blue/gray color, showing the face of a young woman with floral & foliage hair ornamentation (a wreath, perhaps), the note’s numerical value and other design elements.
Overprinted in black are the note’s title/purpose (Darlehnskassenschein), a crest, the notes textual valuation (Fünf Mark), date, issuing authority, and signatures.
Reverse Coat of arms depicting a crown among oak sprigs.
Remark „Darlehenskassenscheine“ were banknotes issued between 1914 and 1922 by the Reichsschuldenverwaltung (Reich debt administration). They were in use until the hyperinflation in 1923.
These banknotes were not legal tender, however they had to be accepted by all public treasuries. Their value was guaranteed by loans on industrial and agricultural goods. Even without the status as legal tender Darlehenskassenscheine were a de facto currency widely used as a parallel currency to the Goldmark during WWI and the beginning of the Weimar Republic.