Dee S. writes: My father passed away in 1947, the year I was born. My Aunt gave me his wallet she had in keeping. In the wallet I found a old 20.00 mark in perfect condition, it was in this wallet for over 55 years. The year is 1944, serial number 61258051, it has “Alliierte miltarbehorde” at the top and a big 20 in the middle actually has another date of 1944 on it. C an you help me find out anything about this? Thanks!
You have a 1944 Allied Military Currency note of 20 German Marks. This note and other denominations were issued by the Allies at the end of WW II to replace the currency of the Third Reich. They were issued in 1944 and printed in the United States and Russia. The 20 Mark is printed in red with a light blue underprinting. The U.S. versions have a secret mark, the letter “F” representing the printer, Forbes. The Russian versions are missing this secret mark. The “F” is located in the end of the scroll at the bottom right.
There are Four varieties of the 1944 Allied Military 20 Marks. Values depend on grade (condition). Values are in U.S. dollars:
8 digit serial number with a dash and no “F” -50 cents – $10.
8 digit serial number with a dash and an “F” – $20. – $500.
9 digit serial number without an “F”. – $1. – $35.
9 digit serial number with an “F” – 50 cents – $25.