Featured Note of the Month: October 2019

Posted on 10/15/2019

These Federal Republic of Germany banknotes feature authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

Germany - Federal Republic, Pick# 44a, 1991, 1000 Deutsche Mark, front
PMG graded 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Germany - Federal Republic, Pick# 44a, 1991, 1000 Deutsche Mark, back
PMG graded 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Country: Federal Republic of Germany (informally known as West Germany)
Catalog Number: Standard Catalog of World Paper Money (Pick) #44
Date: 1.8.1991 (44a), 1.10.1993 (44b)
Denomination: 1,000 Deutsche Mark
Varieties: Two varieties (44a) and (44b). Each has a different date and different signatures.

Why is it interesting now? With Halloween fast approaching, we thought that it would be best to showcase this Note of the Month with the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were the co-authors of the book Children's and Household Tales – now more commonly known as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The first publication in 1812 contained 86 stories. By the seventh edition in 1857, there were 211 stories. While the brothers published 50 stories for children in 1825, their original stories had violent and sexual themes and were never intended for children at all. The fairy tales we know today have changed a lot from their original incarnations, making them more family-friendly. These grim folk tales have been translated to more than 100 languages.

Did you know? That October is National Book Month? This is the time to focus on reading, writing and literature. You can observe national book month by starting a new book or sharing an old book, and don’t forget to post your reading selections on social media (use #PMGNationalBookMonth). We want to know what you are reading!

Total graded by PMG: 167 (146 from 44a and 21 from 44b)

PMG median grade: The median grade for these notes is 66 across both varieties.

PMG highest graded: 67 EPQ graded 33 times on 44a and 3 times on 44b

Sales highlights: A PMG 67 sold at a Heritage Auctions sale (April 26, 2018) for $1,440. A PMG 66 will run around $900-$1200.

PMG Registry Champion: There are two registry sets to compete in that can house a 1991 or 1993 1000 Deutsche Mark: 1948-1996, P1-47 and Deutsche Bundesbank, 1960-1996, P18-47.

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