ERFURT 1921 "Martin Luther" compl. + original AND 1920s dealer envelope! Notgeld Germany
Matching serial no. 028477 on this very striking complete, uncirculated set!
Translation of the notes:
L - Fear does nothing good. Therefore one must be and remain free and brave in all things.
U - Fear drove me to despair, so nothing was left to me but dying.
TH - The eternal light enters there, and gives the world a new glow.
E - I will nonetheless tell the truth, and must do so should it cost me twenty necks.
R - The word they should let stand, and for it receive no thanks. He is here with us, with his spirit and gifts. [This is the first few lines of the fourth verse of Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, a hymn today usually translated as "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" - there are many translations to choose from out there]
Robert Ball Nachf. in Berlin (the Nachf. stands for Nachfolger which means 'successors') is one of the big numismatic mail-order and auction houses of the 1920s, and they are one of just a few Notgeld dealers from the Notgeld era who actually printed their own envelopes with information about the set contained inside. Some are handwritten, others are typed or mimeographed, and some are even specially printed for the particular note or set that's inside. The envelopes have become quite rare, especially in excellent condition, much rarer than many of the original envelopes that accompanied the sets - to the point that trying to find any particular Robert Ball envelope is usually a lost cause. The company assigned their own catalog numbers to the notes, printed in the upper right-hand corner of each envelope.
CONDITION: notes AU/UNC, both envelopes are in exceptional condition
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