Sarah's Chess Journal

         my journal, blog, web log, blog.....about

         The History and The Culture of Chess

Chess Money
March  2006

According to Anne Sunnuck's Encyclopedia of Chess

During the First World War, because of the shortage of metal in Germany, paper money was used, and in the villages of Konigsaue and Ströbeck currency was printed with a chess theme.
In Konigsaue paper currency showed a chessboard divided into 4 quarters, each quarter labeled 10 pfg [pfennig]. The chessboard either showed a chess position covering the whole board, or each corner of the board showed an individual position.
Ströbeck, the famous chess village in Germany, where every man, woman and child is said to play the game, printed money in denominations of 25 pfg, 50 pfg and 75 pfg with a chess picture or cartoon. One cartoon shows Uncle Sam hammering across a pathway of stars and stripes at a King with a battering ram, labeled the 14 points of the Versailles Treaty and named Fool's Mate; another shows Bismarck as World Chess Champion, and a third shows the historical chess castle of the village in the background, with the agriculture and industry of the village in the foreground, labeled Nature's Chess Board.

Some actual "Chess Money":


December 31, 1921 Germany - Konigsaue 


December 31, 1921 Germany - Ströbeck

Archives by Title



Sarah's Serendipitous Chess Page
The Life and Chess of Paul Morphy

chess - general

Chesslinks Worldwide

chess - history

Mark Week's History on the Web
Chess Journalists of America
Chess History Newsgroup
Hebrew Chess
Chess Tourn. & Match History
Super Tournaments of the Past
La grande storia degli scacchi
Bobby Fischer
Bill Wall's Chess Pages

[back to archives]                                                                                                                                     [ comments ]