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Harvest Wheatsheaf & Proverb "Sich Regen Bringt Segen" ("Effort Brings Reward") 50 Pfennig Germany Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry

Harvest Wheatsheaf & Proverb "Sich Regen Bringt Segen" ("Effort Brings Reward") 50 Pfennig Germany Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry

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Harvest Wheatsheaf & Proverb "Sich Regen Bringt Segen" ("Effort Brings Reward" and "Rain Brings Abundance") 50 Pfennig Germany Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Hyperinflation)

Obverse: The proverb "Hard Work Pays Off" on a harvest sheaf of Wheat
Lettering: "Sich Regen Bringt Segen"
Translation: "Work Brings Reward" or "Hard Works Pays Off"

Reverse: Value, date in exergue
Lettering: Deutsches Reich
50 Pfennig
Translation: German Empire
50 Pfennig

Edge: Reeded

Issuer Germany - 1871-1948
Period Weimar Republic (1918-1933)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1919-1922
Value 50 Pfennig (0.50)
Currency Mark (1873-1923)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 1.65 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 2729
References KM# 27, AKS# 37, J# 301, Schön DM# 24

"Sich regen bringt segen" translates literally as "Surely Rain Brings Abundance" but also as "Self-movement brings blessing."

However, it is an archaic German proverb with multiple implications: both "Hard Work Pays Off" and "Hard Work is Its Reward", and also the implied inverse warning, "Of Idleness Comes No Good".

The wheatsheaf and proverb, taken together, can be taken as adjuring the German citizenry to work hard for their own economic recovery during the disastrous economic instability after Germany's loss of World War I.


Germany's climate has historically favored production of hearty vegetables (like turnips, cabbage and onions), as well as well barley which is reflected in German Cuisine

Germany imported about a third of its food supplies in 1914. These imports were targeted from the start of 1st World War. 5 million pigs were slaughtered in 1915 and there were food riots in Berlin. By 1916 German food was all rationed and the winter of 1916-7 became known as Kohlrübenwinter as people were forced to eat the turnips which were normally fed to animals. Weather was poor and there were manpower shortages. There was widespread malnutrition. After the war there was much determination to achieve self-sufficiency in food, and this was a mainspring of Lebensraum policies.


Hyperinflation affected the German Papiermark, the currency of the Weimar Republic, between 1921 and 1923, primarily in 1923. It caused considerable internal political instability in the country, the occupation of the Ruhr by France and Belgium as well as misery for the general populace.

A loaf of bread in Berlin that cost around 160 Marks at the end of 1922 cost 200,000,000,000 Marks by late 1923.

By November 1923, one US dollar was worth 4,210,500,000,000 German marks.

The cause of the immense acceleration of prices seemed unclear and unpredictable to those who lived through it, but in retrospect, it was relatively simple. The Treaty of Versailles imposed a huge debt on Germany that could be paid only in gold or foreign currency. With its gold depleted, the German government attempted to buy foreign currency with German currency, equivalent to selling German currency in exchange for payment in foreign currency, but the resulting increase in the supply of German marks on the market caused the German mark to fall rapidly in value, which greatly increased the number of marks needed to buy more foreign currency.

That caused German prices of goods to rise rapidly, increasing the cost of operating the German government, which could not be financed by raising taxes because those taxes would be payable in the ever-falling German currency. The resulting deficit was financed by some combination of issuing bonds and simply creating more money, both increasing the supply of German mark-denominated financial assets on the market and so further reducing the currency's price. When the German people realized that their money was rapidly losing value, they tried to spend it quickly. That increased monetary velocity caused an ever-faster increase in prices, creating a vicious cycle.

The government and the banks had two unacceptable alternatives. If they stopped inflation, there would be immediate bankruptcies, unemployment, strikes, hunger, violence, collapse of civil order, insurrection and possibly even revolution. If they continued the inflation, they would default on their foreign debt.

However, attempting to avoid both unemployment and insolvency ultimately failed when Germany had both.

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