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Moosch (Alsace), France, 10 mark currency exchange coupon nr. 79

Object | Accession Number: 1989.178.8

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    Moosch (Alsace), France, 10 mark currency exchange coupon nr. 79

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Coupon with an exchange value of 10 marks of the type issued following World War I (1914-1918) by the local government in Moosch in the Haut Rhine of the Alsace region of France. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, made Germany return the Alsace and Lorraine regions to France. The regions had been German territory since the 1871 Franco-Prussian War. These coupons helped manage the currency transition. Located near the border of France, Switzerland, and Germany, the region's boundaries were contested for centuries. During World War II, the region was reclaimed by Nazi Germany in 1940 when it invaded France. After France was liberated in 1944, it was restored to French control. In 1945, the local language, Alsatian, a German dialect, was outlawed in schools.
    Date
    issue:  approximately 1920-1921
    Geography
    issue: Moosch (France)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Barry Arnold Perlman, in the name of Louis Perlman

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Money
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, discolored white paper coupon with 3 perforated edges. It has black printed text with the denomination 10 Mark in the center. There is a line with the handwritten Gutschein (coupon) number, 79. It has a partial government seal stamped on the right. The back is blank. The paper is spotted with red-brown ink stains.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.000 inches (5.08 cm) | Width: 3.375 inches (8.573 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, india ink
    Inscription
    front, black ink : Gemeinde Moosch. / Gutschein Nr. 79 / 10 Mark Siegel. / Dieser Schein wird in bar eingelöst. / Der Bürgermeister, / Hoffmann [Municipality Moosch., Coupon Nr. 79, 10 Mark seal. This note will be redeemed in cash. The Mayor, Hoffmann]
    front, left, stamp, border, purple ink : [MO]OSCH REEIS THANN [Moosch ... Thann is the administrative district]

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The coupon was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989 by Barry Perlman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:21:08
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