Two of the most intersting banknotes from the era of the German Empire are the very large 100 Reichsmark and 1,000 Reichsmark banknotes.
This magnificent engraved 1,000 Mark Reichsbanknote from Imperial Germany was issued in 1910 during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The banknote was engraved on specially ribbed hemp security paper with short blue silk threads and was called the Wilcox Paper after the American inventor J.M. Wilcox. This patent was initially used in the United States for banknotes printed before 1877. This process was then sold by J.M. Wilcox & Co. of Philadelphia to the Reichsbank and was used in the production of this classic note. This is also the largest denomination note ever issued from the era of the National Currency (1874) to 1922 before the era of hyper-inflation.
The obverse has floral design columns and the reverse has allegoric female figures, one holding a rudder and the other a cornucopia, representing commerce and agriculture embracing the German Coat of Arms.
These notes continued to be printed until the end of the war, though the last issue date was April 21, 1910. At the start of the war, the serial numbers were in red and toward the end of the war the serial numbers were printed in green. Before World War I, a 1,000 mark banknote was worth about US $238 and at the end of the war it was worth about US $142.