10 the most strangest bank notes


Wooden or plastic money, holey bank notes, wine labels and bank notes with vulgar sings to Great Britain queen side... There are 10 the most strange bank notes in history which were ever produced for public usage.

German "extraordinary money"

German financial system was unbeliavable complicated from 1914 to 1924. World War I difficuties and next crisis after capitulation in Versal peace conditions provokes real financial chaos in the country which fetch hyperinflation.
The last decision for the cituation for many country regions was printing own unofficial money which weren't acknowledged by government de facto but such solution let provide minimum economic actions. Such money were named "notgeld" in Germany or "extraordinary money"

"Notgelds" sometimes were produced as unusial bank notes. By the way such bank notes were made from aluminium foil, skin or wood instead of normal paper. There were coins which were made of porcelain and pressed coal.

Pictures on "Notgelds" could be very different. Popular subjects were sketches from German national folklore, political satire and regional symbolism. There was a happening where bank notes were printed on playing cards.

When financial chaos got its apogee and hyperinflation swallowed all money cumulation of citizens in national currency German government provided a cardinal reform which brought new national money - rental marks. After this reform "Notgelds" usage dicreased.

Marks with French vampire

Official Weimar money hasn't avoided stranges during hyperinflation years. Bank note of 10000 marks was produced in 1922. This bank note had got picture of German artist Albrecht Durer "Portrait of a Young Man". But designer of the bank note has decided not to limit with original picture and painted vampire in a hood which was barely distinguished. The vampire symbolized France which was absorb money from postwar Germany. Despite of secret sign exposition and disturbance among frenchmen German government has refused to exclude bank notes from money circulation.

Wine money from Yakutia

To put it midly, russian government had got some troubles with money in that years. Huge amount of money had been printed on unborn USSR territory during Civil war. Yakut money was the most strange among that money. Future head of the region at soviet power Alexey Semenov issued a decree to make bank notes with wine labels in 1919-1921.

Maxim Gorkiy one of famous Alexey Semenov friend has told about this fact: "Alexey Semenov produced the most original money among all paper money on boundless USSR area.He took colorful wine labels from wine bottles and wrote with his hand on every label: on "Madeira" - 1 ruble, on "Cahor" - 3 rubles, "Port wine" - 10 rubles, "Sherry" - 25 rubles. He applied Narkomfin stamp. Yakuts and tunguses received the money very good as wage and products price. Semenov has sent me wine money examples where Soviet power withdrawed this money from circulation". No comments.

Myanmar's bank notes with a prohibited portrait

Myanmar also known as Burma got over several complicated stages in its history after getting independent of Great Britain in 1948. And some of this complicated historical steps were reflected in national bank notes named "lakhs".

General Aun San is a one of Myanmar national heroes. He became the first national Prime Minister of independent state. His little daughter had to go abroad after Aun San had been killed by his political opponent.

Aun San came back the homeland in 1988 and beholded Burma changing from dictatorship to army junta. Being democracy ideals proponent his daughter became nonviolent fight for freedom a la Mahatma Gandi doctrine. Junta immediately put her under home arrest and cut off all outer world communications. The woman's image was forbidden - everybody could be putted behind bars for her pisture on the wall. But Aun San was very popular as a character.

In 1989 the junta started to print new bank notes with 1 lakh nominal with image of general Aun San. There was a watermark with a profile of the national hero on the bank note. But this image was very similar to original image of the daughter by unknown engraver pains. As a result, forbidden face was on government currency during several monthes till the "mistake" was obviated.

By the way, Aun San Su Chsi was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991.

The most strangest currency nominal in history

Before the story above stratocracy of general U Ne Vin has dominated in Myanmar. The general was popular by very eccentric political credos combined Marxism, nationalism and Buddhism. Besides U Ne Vin addicted numerology and trusted numbers magic.

It was reflected on several policy decisions. The most bizarrest was entering in circulation currency with nominals in 15, 35, 45, 75 and 90 lakhes. The general hasn't pay attention to difficulties of usage such bank notes for citizens. But such currencies weren't in circulation very long time - soon the general had to retired due to riots.

Money in concentration camp of Germany.

There was special money for prisoners in Nazi Germany. The currency could be used only inside concentration camps. Horst-Willy Lippert was designer of first bank notes for the money. He was jailed in a camp for anti-Nazi beliefs

Lippert as a refined thinking man tried to tell germany society that concentration camps were almost like prisons. Particulary, there was a severe security guard at background of barbed wire on currency of one of first camps founded in 1933. The subject was used on other concentration camp currencies.

Bank notes with nominal of 50 camp pfennings was the most glaring fact of ambiguous meaning in concentration currency. The letter «g» was painted as letter «y» in «Konzentrationslager»(concentration camp) word by artist. In result, we get word «Konzentrationslayer» - concentration of killers.

Nazi authorities haven's saw the trick and currency was allowed for circulation. Lippert lived through state regime and The Second World War and confirmed his hints.

Canadian money with devil in britain queen hairs.

Portret of Britain queen Elizabeth II was the most popular image for money in the world history. This image was used on currencies of 33 countries. For example, the portret was depicted om canadian money of 1954. But Elizabeth's face was edited - Canadians preferes to wipe off crown on her head. It lead of unexpected result - due to brightness changing picture of a devil was seen after the queen's ear. Bank notes were replaced by ones with quality retouch only after few years.

"Vulgar" rupee from Seychelles

Seychelles placed queen Elizabeth face on new rupees in 1968. But palms on the right side from the queen constituted well-readable word "Sex" that was written under a degree. It seems everybody has own view but government prefered to reprinted the money.

Currencies with a hole instead of image of dictator

Congo Democratic republic, also known as Zaire, passed through the most distructive epoch in its history under management of dictator Josef Mabutu. During Mabutu rule the country was fully plandered and the dictator made a fortune.

When he was dethroned in 1997 the country haven;t got enough money to print new moneys. Consequently was decided to move back old money but the face of dictator was neatly cutted of from every bank note. Congo citizens buy goods with money witn carefully cutted round hole.

Space money

Perhaps, "quids" are the most strangest money that were ever produced. It was designed by England National Space Centre with University of Leicester. The money is for usage in space trade operations.

Verbatim, QUID is decrypted as The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination. Actually, the name is associated with slang name for a 1 pound bank note.
Space "quids" presents colorful balls associated with planets of Solar Planetary system that a vacuum-sealed in opacity heavy-duty plastic. Price for a 1 quid was $12.5 in 2007. According to the currency creators, money ddesign lets users to pay with them in interplanetary voyages. We should wait the time when we will be able to pay with somebody off.

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