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New Book on Occupation Notes
By Neil Shafer, Bank Note Reporter
September 06, 2013

This article was originally printed in Bank Note Reporter.
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German researcher and author Michael Schone recently released a comprehensive catalog covering primarily military, canteen and P.O.W. issues produced by Allied forces since 1944 in Germany. Schone is already a well-known author, having put together other high quality catalogs including a great volume concentrating on German emergency issues (notgeld) of the 1945 and 1947 periods.

Schone has given himself a most difficult and challenging project in trying to chase down the many bar chits, good-fors and other similar instruments of value obviously issued by a great many places. He has done a tremendous job, as this new catalog presents a significant breakthrough in the attention paid to such issues.

The cover is beautifully illustrated, showing a group of mostly British chits good in clubs and restaurants. Practically all internal illustrations are also in color, a very welcome sight, and badly needed in order to more fully appreciate the large quantity of issues included in this book.

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To my knowledge, a great many of these have not been shown before in any other publication, especially the canteen and other smaller pieces. The more I leaf through the pages, the more impressed I get as I view so many issues from a multitude of places and organizations.

The contents of this work is certainly impressive and includes such areas as Allied Military Currency (all areas), Joint Export-Import Agency issues, Barter Center notes, Taxi Tickets and Coupons, U.S. Army canteen issues from many places; British Armed Forces issues of many kinds including canteen pieces; various similar issues from France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Canada, Norway and other places.

One very important section deals with camp money, including issues from such locations as Altenstadt, Asperg, Augsburg, Deggendorf, Dillingen, Feldafing, Nordlingen, Regensburg and others.

Schone includes a chart of valuations in euros towards the back. I suppose this location makes it easier to publish revisions when the time comes. What I did not understand at first was that there are certain kinds of issues with country prefixes and low numbers that are not cataloged or valued. Specifically, I refer to such pieces as the tokens listed on pp. 72 and 73. As the author explained in a letter to me about this specific question, my understanding of this system is now that they are keyed to the country of their origin, but because they are not money issues they are not included in the main body of work constituting the scope of this catalog. Yet taxi tickets are fully cataloged, along with all the little chits issued by all sort of places.

The inclusion of non-money issues, such as a barber ticket or some commodity coupon, is best described as being illustrative in nature; those images generally help expand the section in which they appear. In some instances they appear to be as important as those that are listed. I would have been very appreciative if some sort of evaluation had been provided, as it would have been especially valuable information regarding the European opinion of collector values with regard to such items.

There are several detailed listings toward the back of the book just before the catalog values; the first is for abbreviations, of which there are many. Next is an alphabetical compilation of all issuing bodies included in the catalog, followed by a list of places and the issuing entities that come from them. The bibliography is most impressive, showing a full 1 ½ pages of catalogs, articles and reference sources.

Though all text is in German, the basic usefulness of the book is still fairly high to those who do not know the language. I feel that there is a lot of valuable information contained here, but a fairly large part of it is out of the reach of many collectors because of a lack of understanding the text. I believe a comprehensive synopsis in English would greatly enhance the value of this extraordinary work to a great many individuals.

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