About Notgeld Market
While still a young child I caught the coin and paper money collecting bug from my grandfather, a veteran of Pearl Harbor named Charlie Turner. Among the many prized possessions he gave me over the years, I still have an envelope that contains my very first Notgeld notes, my name written on it in the struggling handwriting of a five-year-old child. Although it would be decades before I began to appreciate the vast and challenging world of Notgeld and fall in love, I am forever grateful for the lifelong hobby that he took the time to share with me.
Notgeld Market is a labor of love and a dream come true for me. I'm so grateful to everyone who has supported me in my quest to devote myself to the hobby and to make Notgeld accessible to an English-speaking audience. If I lived a thousand lifetimes, I think I would still be able to learn something new about Notgeld every single day. Every day I meet wonderful new people who share my interest, and I have to tell you, some of the smartest and nicest people I have ever met are the ones who collect Notgeld.
Is there any other numismatic genre that reaches from the very depths of the worst in humanity to its highest pinnacles? Is there any type of money out there that fails so completely to take itself seriously? Is there any other money that is so human?
We can all find something to love in the vast world of Notgeld, and I'm pretty sure we can all find something to hate, too. Because it's all there, the good, the bad, and the ugly, laid bare in a numismatic time capsule that unravels secrets we never thought we'd know the answer to.
Notgeld has sadly been a neglected field in numismatics, especially in the English-speaking world, because there were just too many obstacles: the use of local dialects, the nearly unreadable Fraktur font, the sheer proliferation of hundreds of thousands of different notes from all over what was at one time Germany. It's my goal to change that, to use my experience as a teacher of German language and literature and open up the doors to the world of Notgeld and share this hobby with people who aren't as familiar with German. I have so many projects, articles, and ideas planned, and I hope to be able to share them all with you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting NotgeldMarket.com, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you on your journey through time and space, back to the Germany of World War I and the early 1920s, when money became art and art became money.