A very interesting little notgeld banknote in this offer. It is money that was issued for use only at the Nordic Week exhibition held in Lübeck in 1921.
As is designated on the notes reverse where it states – Only good for the exhibition from 1-11 September 1921.
Clearly they had a Nordic goods fair selling all things from northern states around the Baltic which included Sweden.
The note is in great condition and is a highly interesting addition in that it is not everyday money but fair money.
Issuer: City of Lübeck
Value: 50 Pfennig
Type: Money issued specifically for use at the Nordic Week Fair
Date: 1-11 September 1921
Text: Only good for the exhibition from 1-11 September 1921
Size: 77 mm x 110 mm
Catalogue: Deutsches Notgeld (Mehl) 827.1
Reverse: Crest from Sweden
The city of Lübek is the 2nd largest in the Schleswig-Holstein area and one of the countries major ports. Situated on the Trave River it was for many centuries the capital of the Hanseatic League. It has extensive Gothic architecture and was listed as a World heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is a shipping port, a sea resort and major thoroughfare for the traffic between Hamburg and Denmark.
Originally the Nordic Society was a group founded in 1921 to perpetuate economic and cultural relations in the Baltic states and regions with the general ideal of care for the Nordic ideology.
The main idea was to perpetuate superiority of the “Nordic race” which was a nationalist and racist notion. If anything it was no doubt a forerunner of Adolf Hitler’s Aryan supremacy ideology that garnered him support throughout the Baltic regions..
The event had several facets to it, there were local arts and crafts sales as well as the sale of religious artifacts and documents. In addition to this there were concerts, music events and numerous lectures on topics relating to race superiority in the region. In the main it was propaganda receptions, concerts and exhibitions for the implementation of more tourism and travel in the German Northland.