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  1. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    If you read my posts you probably know that my coin collecting sweet spot is unusual, obscure places that issued coins, especially if there's an interesting historical story, and Danzig certainly qualifies.

    The Free State of Danzig existed only a short time between the world wars, having been carved out of Germany after WWI and incorporated into Poland as Gdansk after WWII. Danzig did not issue a lot of coins, but there were a few different years when coins were produced. I don't have all of them, and the higher denominations get quite pricey, but here's what I have. Feel free to add yours as well. 1923 danzig 1 pfennig.jpg 1923 danzig 5 pfennig.jpg 1923 danzig 10 pfennig.jpg 1926 danzig 2 pfennig.jpg 1928 danzig 5 pfennig.jpg 1932 danzig 5 pfennig.jpg 1932 danzig 10 pfennig.jpg
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  3. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    And here are my newest acquisitions:

    1923 danzig 1 gulden.jpg 1923 danzig half gulden.jpg 1932 danzig 1 gulden.jpg 1932 danzig half gulden.jpg 1937 danzig 1 pfennig.jpg
  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    I have a couple but only one photographed.

  5. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    One of the biggest excuses for the invasion of Poland by the Nazis......
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  6. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Average Circulated Supporter

    Very cool historical pieces, thanks for posting. Is that a flounder?
  7. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    It does appear to be so.
  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

  9. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Average Circulated Supporter

    Ohhh, a flounder with forced induction. :)

    (Kidding aside, thanks for looking that up)
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  10. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    Danzig issued some zinc notgeld coins in 1920 and lots of coins in the 16th through 19th centuries.
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  11. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Here is my only coin from Freistadt Danzig.
    AV 25 Gulden 1930 lf - 2022-12-07T120253.514.jpg lf - 2022-12-07T120317.647.jpg
  12. Dajo

    Dajo Member

    And my one, with a countermark from the German inflation period

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  13. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    Dajo, do you know anything about these C/M's I have seen them years ago on other non-Danzig Prussian thaler coins and they were thought to be fantasy issues by who ever wrote an article in Money Trend(1970's ?).
  14. Dajo

    Dajo Member

    Dear Fred,
    The history of these pieces is difficult to reconstruct. In the years of the great inflation several cities adopted countermarks on existing coins to guarantee sufficient 'value' to make payments, or made their own coins. However, shortly hereafter also fantasy coins were struck, most notable by Bruno Röttinger, a German numismatist. These are notably coins with a new design, of coins copied from a design previously issues by the autorities.
    Walter Funk, in his Die deutschen Notmünzen, distinguishes several types of fake coins:
    1. Restrike with the original stamp on original coin plates, which do not differ from the original,
    2. Restrike with the original stamp on not original coins plates, which differ from the original in diameter and/or thickness,
    3. Issues with the wrong stamp coupling, that is, mostly the obverse stamp is the original, which was coupled with another reverse stamp
    4. Issues that differ from the original in form and material,
    5. Emergency coins without the official perforation,
    6. Emergency coins in which the nickel plating is missing or has been specially applied,
    7. Emergency coins for which a new stamp was specially cut.
    The specific countermark as seen in my Danzig 5 Gulden does not fall in one of these categories. So it may be official, or it may be another 'forgery'. At least it must originate in the years of the great inflation, so in some sense it is still a historic coin ;-)
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