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Unknown [Germany Five Reich Mark]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.354 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Germany Type: Object Date: circa 1904-1944 Pagination: 1 banknote : paper : blue ; 9.0 x 13.5 cm.

Foreign currency with blue ink with the number five marked on one side with a dragon. On reverse side is a dove, the back of a nude baby, and a person wearing robes and a helmet.

Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions.

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