Banknotes (Reichsmark)

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Reproductions of Wehrmacht banknotes used during World War II. German soldiers didn't use civilian money. They use special banknotes issued to all members of the Wehrmacht.

Banknotes were available:

  • Reichsmark- printed on both sides
  • Reichspfennig- printed on one side.

Salary during the Second World War:

Unteroffizier - 180RM (regular salary "Wehrmachtbesoldung" 140 RM and 40 RM for war service "Wehrsold")
Obergefreiter - 113 RM (regular monthly salary 78RM and 35RM Wehrsold)
Soldier - Gefreiter - 35RM Wehrsold

Male experienced factory worker is about 80 pfg/ hour.
Female helper in a factory about 40 pfg/ hour.


Prices during the Second World War:

Mercedes 540K - 42 000 RM
Volkswagen Beetle - 900 RM (later 990 RM)
Eckstein cigarettes (12 pieces) - 3.33 RM
Entrance to the public house - 2 RM
Pelikan ink pen - 13.50 RM
Men's wristwatch - 10 RM
Men's pocket watch - 20 RM
Razor blade - 2.5 RM
1 kg of bread - 35 pfg
1 kg of pork - 1.60 RM
Fizzy drink - 3 pfg
Newspaper - 20 pfg
Beer bottle - 25 pfg (in the pub)
The cheapest funeral - 200 RM (The family received this amount if the soldier was killed)