Germany, 1000 Mark 1910


ID Number: SR09-0101
Category: Paper Money
Description: Germany, 1000 Mark 1910
Country or State: Germany
Year: 21.04.1910 (Green Print)
Period: German Empire (Deutsches Reich, 1871 - 1918)
Head of State/Ruler: Wilhelm II or William II (Full Name: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preußen)
Reign: 15 June 1888 – 9 November 1918
Currency: Marks
Face Value: 1000 Marks
Obverse: Dark brown and tan underprint. Green serial # and seal (Reprinted 1918 - 1922)
Obverse Designer: Reichsdruckerei, Berlin (Germany) - RBG
Reverse: Allegorical figures of Navigation and Agriculture
Reverse Legend:  
Reverse Designer: Reichsdruckerei, Berlin (Germany) - RBG
Note: This 1,000 mark banknote was issued on April 21, 1910 with a green seal (P-45b); Exist with 6 digit and 7 digit serial #
Dimensions (B x H): 187 x 110 mm
Krause Catalog Number: P45a
Other Catalog Number: Rosenberg 46b, alphabet 4962271K, Pick 45b
State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF)

Uncirculated (Unc) € 8.00
Extremely Fine (XF) € -
Very Fine (VF) € 4.00
Fine (F) € -
Very Good (VG) € 2.00
Good (G) € -
Poor (P) € -

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.