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Exactly what it says on the tin. This is clearly a German 10 mark note of some kind, but I can't find pictures online of any notes like it.

German 10 Deutsche Mark note

The reverse is completely blank, with some bleed-through from the "DRINGEND" stamp. The white balance on my camera is rather off, and the note is actually far more yellowish than the photo implies.

So, the question is twofold:

  1. What era is this note from?
  2. What is the meaning of the stamps?
  • The resolution is too low, but what is the date of the signature? – PlasmaHH Jan 20 '18 at 21:49
  • @plasmahh I honestly couldn't tell you - it's 19**, even under a magnifying glass. The resolution is about the same as the printing quality. – Sebastian Lenartowicz Jan 20 '18 at 21:59
  • At first glance I thought it was Paul Mccartney on the note. – Criggie Jan 21 '18 at 3:03
  • Why did you reject my edit? The current question title has the problem that it doesn’t give any information about the banknote other than that it’s from Germany. Imagine what happens when there is another question about a German banknote (and another one, and another one …). There should be at least one detail in the title that allows to disambiguate/find/remember. The name (as I suggested in my edit) would be one way, a description of the pictured person another way. – unor Jan 21 '18 at 14:14
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    @StephanBijzitter: No, because Germany has/had currencies other than "Deutsche Mark" (e.g., "Reichsmark", "Alliierte Militärmark", "Euro" etc.). (And even it only were the "10", it would still be more useful with than without it. Someone using a search engine to find about their banknote then can easily decide just by looking at the title if this question is relevant or not.) – unor Jan 21 '18 at 20:11
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The design is that of the "sailing ship" 10 Deutsche Mark note, a banknote first issued in 1960. The front features a 16th century painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder. On a real version of the note, the reverse would have depicted the German navy sailing ship Gorch Fock.

These notes were withdrawn from circulation in 1990.

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A sample of the real 10 mark note found on Pinterest via Google

However, in your case the RECHENGELD stamp denotes that it is only play money, used for educational purposes according to @Loong in the comments. Which also explains why the reverse is blank.

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    Rechengeld is typically used for learning counting and calculating with money (e.g. in school). Play money as in Monopoly would be Spielgeld. – Loong Jan 20 '18 at 14:23
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    @Loong Ah. Both types are called play money in English, didn't know there's a difference in German, thanks. – Semaphore Jan 20 '18 at 14:49
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This is an addition to Semaphore's answer:

This is the 10 D-Mark note of the third edition of the Deutsche Mark, the Gemäldeserie BBk I (1961) (painting series).

It was designed by the swiss designer and artist Hermann Eidenbenz who was living in Hamburg, Germany.

It was printed between 1961 and 1990. There are five printing runs which are mentioned under the signature in the lower left corner:

1: 2. Januar 1960 (January 2nd, 1960)
2: 2. Januar 1970 (January 2nd, 1070)
3: 1. Juni 1977 (June 1st, 1977)
4: 2. Januar 1980 (January 2nd, 1980)
5: Change of copyright, no change of date

The red "Rechengeld" stamp means that it is money for children to learn using cash. The blue stamp "Dringend" only means "Urgent", I do not know what purpose it has.

To all anglophones: It is Deutsche Mark, D-Mark or even shorter simply Mark, not Deutschemark or Deutschmark or....simply stop it, ok? Yeah, I know how it is called in English, but it was always grating to German ears.

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    +1 for teaching me that "Deutschmark" is incorrect and potentially annoying to German ears. – IanF1 Jan 20 '18 at 19:30
  • We won the war, we get to call it whatever we like in occupied territory. :p (just kidding, the point that it's two words was worth making). – KorvinStarmast Jan 20 '18 at 23:25
  • As a math guy I want to ask: Was the next Zehnmarkschein after this the one showing Gauss? (I don't know how to produce an eszet with my keyboard, sorry.) – Jyrki Lahtonen Jan 21 '18 at 10:32
  • Never mind. The page you linked to explains that the note with Gauss' portrait on a tenner was in use from 1991 on (until the Euro took over I guess). – Jyrki Lahtonen Jan 21 '18 at 10:38
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    Getting upset about what (not how) someone else calls your currency seems a bit strange... or are you telling German speakers that the Brits use the pound, and not a "Pfund"? – oerkelens Jan 21 '18 at 16:46

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