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Germany (Mainz Cietadel) Wert Marke Token  1940
Germany (Mainz Cietadel) Wert Marke Token 1940

Wert Marke is German for token, similar to notgeld or emergency money. They were manufactured by private companies during economically stressful times in Germany. While the Citadel at Mainz was used for prisoners of war during both WW I and WW II, from the looks of this specimen I'd say it was manufactured during the second war, not the first, so an approximate date would be 1940.

As far as I know, these were made in 1, 2, 10, and 50 pfennig denominations. In general, the higher denominations are worth more than the lower denominations.

Not many of these tokens survive today. For that reason they are quite rare and carry quite a bit of value. If you have one in good shape, like the one in our picture from Munzhandlung Robert Krogoll, figure a catalog value near $50 US dollars. Even in poor condition, the value is decent:

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $50

Zinc coins do not wear well. See our Important Terminology page for proper interpretation of these catalog values.

CoinQuest thanks Munzhandlung Robert Krogoll in Lappersdorf, Germany, for use of the photo. It is a nice specimen!

*Update: Keith Hartwell has informed us that he has some of these same tokens from WWI, and that they also exist with denominations of 100.

Coin: 14911 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Ken A, Sun, 14-Jul-2013 05:35:29 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 20-Sep-2013 01:22:27 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 30-Jun-2015 21:20:47 GMT
Requester description: Side 1: Wert Marke Zitadelle Mainz (this is written around the circumference, with a large '50' in the middle. Side 2: Eagle with spread wings, crown on head, sword in each claw. This is a token issued to prisoners of war in the Mainz (Germany)prisoner of war camp during World War 1 50 Wert Marke
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Comments

I hope this will help I have a collection of these coins which came from a Pow in the Mainz Camp in WW1 so I would say they are World War 1 and also I have a 100 pfennig denomination which you have only mentioned 50 as the highest

- Keith Hartwell
Thanks Keith! I have updated the page to include your information. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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