GERMAN NEW GUINEA Paper Money,
1914 - 15 Issues

 

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Head of State,
King:
GEORGE V
6.5.1910 - 29.1.1936


Administrator:
Hubert
MURRAY
1908 - 27.2.1940

Australia Expeditionary Forces Banknotes, 1914 - 15 Issues

British Colony of New Guinea

6.11.1884 GBR proclaims protectorate of southeast New Guinea; 1886 GBR Colony of new Guinea

Australia Expeditionary Forces Issues

N.50, P.1  5 Marks 1914-15 Images Needed
N.52, P.2  10 Marks 1914-15 Images Needed
GngP.3s20Marks1914.jpg
N.54R, P.3R  20 Marks 19xx
REMAINDER, UNIFACE
Color added to B&W Image
GngP.4a50Marks5.11.1914.jpg
N.56, P.4a  50 Marks 5.11.1914
ISSUED NOTE, UNIFACE
Extremely Rare
N.58, P5  100 Marks 5.11.1914 Images Needed

Museum Reproduction Set, 1998

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Booklet Cover
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Page 1
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Pae 2
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N.50R 5 Marks 14.10.1914(1998)
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Back
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N.52R 10 Marks 14.10.1914(1998)
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Back
GngN.54R20Marks14.10.19141998.JPG
N.54R 20 Marks 14.10.1914(1998)
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Mar
GngN.56R5Marks14.10.19141998.JPG
N.56R 5 Marks 14.10.1914(1998)
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Back
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N.58R 100 Marks 5.11.1914(1998)
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Back
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Last Page
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Back Cover

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We gratefully acknowledge numismatist Don Cleveland IBNS Director who provided images, articles and background information used in this section.


After the capture of German New Guinea in September, 1914, one of the earliest engagements of World War I, the Australian Treasury released an emergency issue of paper money which circulated with the German currency. The notes became famous as the Rabaul Treasury banknotes. Denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 marks were printed on poor quality paper. The conversion rate used was 1 mark = 1 shilling. A total of between 2,600 and 4,500 worth of notes were issued against gold and silver coins brought in to pay the Australian troops. The opening of a branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the area in 1916 enabled a complete change to sterling and the withdrawal of both the German currency and the emergency notes. A total of only 29 notes are known to have survived.

  • A full set of Rabaul Treasury banknotes, with the serial number 0001, resides in a museum in Germany. In 1998, the museum commissioned a re-print of 3,000 complete sets. A few sets appeared on the market recently, some without matching serial numbers.
  • The German banknote catalogue by the late Holger Rosenberg lists these notes as No. 965 / 966 / 967 / 968 / 969
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