WWI Coin and Banknote Collection

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WWI Coin and Banknote Collection

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This collection features a U.S. Lincoln Penny and a German bank note from the World War I era.
World War I began in Europe in 1914. It pitted the Allies (Britain, France, and Russia, with the U.S. joining later) against the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The war ended on November 11, 1918.   The U.S. was initially neutral, but following German attacks on U.S. shipping, President Woodrow Wilson was forced to declare war. The U.S. declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917, and more than 4.7 million U.S. troops took part in the war in Europe.  The war was known at the time as the “Great War” and the “War to End All Wars.”  Even though the fighting in World War I ended in 1918, the formal end of the war was the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.
The 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the War in 2017 and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of the war in 2018 are sure to reignite interest in all genuine World War I items, especially coins and bank notes.    The Lincoln Penny in this collection was issued during the war years between 1914 and 1918. The first Lincoln Penny was issued in 1909, so this is one of the earliest coins in the series. It is up to 100 or more years old.    The obverse of the coin depicts Abraham Lincoln, who led the United States to victory over the Confederate States in the Civil War from 1861-1865. The reverse is the classic and beloved “wheat ears” design that was a tribute to America’s agricultural heritage.
The German 1 Mark note was issued in the World War I era.  The note is printed with several colors, including the red imperial German eagle on the front. It also includes an embossed eagle design, which was a security measure.   Despite its age (almost 100 years old), the note is in original Uncirculated condition.
Owning just one of these items is a collector’s dream, but to own both in a single collection like this is a rare accomplishment. Due to the age and scarcity of the items, only a lucky few collectors will ever have the chance to own this collection.  The collection is presented in a custom display wallet with details about the items and World War I.