Natzweiler | 0.50-mark note

Natzweiler | 0.50-mark note

Size: 3" x 2"

In 1941, a small concentration camp was established at Natzweiler, Alsace, in French territory annexed by Germany. The note in this collection is the only piece of Natzweiler scrip known in the world. The note is a Prämienschein, or premium note, bearing the SS validation stamp. Based on the punched hole, it appears that this issue may have been a copy reserved for the camp or SS records. The design is one of two that were standardized for all of the camps, this piece being the 1944 version used at several camps, including Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Flossenburg. Note the printer’s mark at the bottom left: KL/100-11.44/1.000.000. This information refers to the standard form number (KL/100), the month and year of production (November 1944), and the amount printed, an astounding one million.