Bayerische Notenbank: 100 Mark von 1900

Giesecke+Devrient Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung


Obverse: to the left personification of the bank: seated female figure with attributes of scales and cornucopia, moneybags at her feet; adjacent to her a young Hermes, to his feet a cogwheel, compass and anvil; in the centre the Bavarian coat of arms; to the right allegory of agriculture: seated female figure with attributes of grain yarrow, sickle and scythe, on the right side allegory of agriculture: seated female figure with a boy and the attributes of sheaf of grain, sickle and scythe.

Reverse: decorated frame, left and right ornamental pieces

The Bayerische Notenbank (Bavarian Central Bank), founded in 1875, was one of the few banks in the empire to issue banknotes alongside the Reichsbank (imperial bank): the Badische Bank (Bank of Baden), Sächsische Bank (Bank of Saxony) and Württembergische (Bank of Wurttemberg). In 1900, the Bayerische Notenbank disbursed a second issue of a 100 marks note. The Leipzig-based company Giesecke and Devrient was commissioned with the production. The banknote’s design was based on the 100 marks note of 1875, the first edition of the Bayerische Notenbank. But the appearance of the note showed an innovation, the so-called “Schaurand” (margin). The paper was not printed at the places, where the watermark was located. Thus the watermarks, above "Bayerische Notenbank" and below "100", could be recognised more easily.