GERMANY encased postage circa 1921-222


GERMANY, encased postage, no date (circa 1921-222), Obverse: 10 pfennig Scott #138, Reverse: wine bottles, grapes, E.L. KEMPE & Co AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT OPPACH i/S., aluminum shell, kraft paper background, plastic window, 33mm, window wrinkled, XF

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During the general chaos after World War I a lot of local coin shortages developed. Some merchants tried encased postage, but the encased postage projects were not particularly popular with the public.

The Germans have been fans of round, flat, shiny objects since the 2nd century BC, when they made imitations of Greek coins. Coin manufacture was deeply decentralized until the 19th century, extending to jetons and medals starting in the 16th century. Local tokens began to supplement the normally chaotic coinage situation in the markets from the late 17th century. Production of tokens and medals boomed in the 19th century, and was going strong into the 1990s.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.