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Germany [German Reichsbanknote 20 marks]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.357 Author/Creator: Germany Place Written: Germany Type: Object Date: 1914 Pagination: 1 banknote : paper : blue, orange, and black ; 9.9 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: German Reichsbanknote 20 marks with two crests on the front in a decorative design in blue. On reverse side the number twenty is in the center of a decorative circle.

Background Information: 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. See More


Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: World War IIMoneyWorld War I

Sub Era: World War II

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