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In 1871 Otto Von Bismark united the German States under Prussian King Wilhelm I, forming the Second Reich, also known as the German Empire.The Empire disintegrated as a result of World War I.The small 1 Mark note was issued to replace the silver Mark coins that disappeared from circulation due to hoarding.It measures 95x60mm and has an unusual embossed seal. The front has underprints of a sword and crown on the left and the imperial German arms on the right.One side depicts Albrecht along with the date and legends. Johann Hugo von Orsbeck was Archbishop Trier from 1675 until his death in 1711.The other side features and Eagle with an “S” on its chest, signifying Sigismund I, King of Poland, along with Albrecht’s abbreviated name and titles. The Archbishopric of Trier was one of the most powerful in Germany. He helped chose Joseph I as the successor to Leopold the Hogmouth as Holy Roman Emperor.People hoarded coins and large sums were needed to pay for the war effort.The Reichsbank continued to issue some notes that were supposedly backed by gold, they were insufficient to keep with the demand for money needed for the war effort.

This silver 3 Albus coin of Trier is called a Petermenger. France, under Louis XIV, repeatedly invaded and occupied Trier.

However Albrecht was granted dispensations from Pope Leo X after he made a large contribution to the Pope to help pay for the rebuilding of St. All this was too much for a German monk named Martin Luther who driven to write his famous 95 Theses, which he nailed to the doors of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus sparking the Protestant Reformation.

This silver Groschen of Albrecht was minted by the Duchy of Prussia, which at that time was a vassal state of the Kingdom of Poland.

The other side features two women holding a large portrait of a woman's head. When first issued in 1910 the note was worth about (which had the buying power of about 0 today! This set includes four attractive and historic banknotes issued by Germany during World War I.

The war caused a major strain on Germany's monetary system.

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