Crisp and fresh and in beautiful overall condition.
This small banknote from 1919 has survived in remarkable condition and has a grading of Uncirculated.
The obverse has a drawing of the monument erected to the memory of Bonifatius also known as “Apostle of the Germans”.
The reverse has an impression of the Orangerie that was built in Fulda in 1721.
Issuer: City of Fulda
Date: 17.10.1918 bis 1.2.1919
Value: 5 Mark
Catalogue: Geiger 166.07
Size: 121 mm x 82 mm
About this notgeld or emergency money banknote:
The Bonifatius monument in Fulda.
Bonifatius or Boniface lived in the years between 673 and 755 in Dokkum in Friesland. He was a missionary that worked pretty much in what could only be referred to as pagan times. He was a true reformer for the church within the Frankish Empire and one of the most important ever in German history. Many significant roles were accomplished in his lifetime. Bishop of Mainz, Mission Archbishop, Papal Legate for Germania and the last Bishop of Utrecht. The work he carried out saw him being held in the highest esteem by the German people as since the 16th century he has held the title of “Apostle of the Germans”.
The Orangerie Festsaal (festival hall) in Fulda.
Orangeries were a highly fashionable type of green house that were favored by the nobility for there houses. Predominantly they were to house citrus trees enabling them to grow through the harsh winters in relative protection. Truly a symbol of wealth. When the Italians first started to make glass that was relatively clear it enabled the building of this types of architecture. An orangery was constructed first in Padua, Italy in 1545. The Renaissance gardens of Italy took the style to heart and it spread quickly across Europe.
The Orangerie in Fulda was designed by Maximilian von Welsch and construction started around 1721. Its role was mainly as a baroque space for use during summer festivals and then through the winter months they kept there orange and lemon trees within as a Topiary.
The 1918 version of this banknote had the image of the northern wing of the city palace.