My husband collected and swapped foreign coins from his youth. When we married I added a few coins to his collection my grandparents had given me.
Our children like to look through the tin and comment on the large amount of money daddy has. Whilst looking through today we can across this coin. It is substitute coin.
Written on the coin is KLEINGELDERSATZMARKE *1920*
MAGISTRAT DER STADT DEUTSCH-FYLAU
As we tried to find more about Deutsch-Fylau we saw this …
The East Prussian plebiscite of 1920 ostesibly allowed the residents to cast votes either in favour of remaining in Germany or becoming a part of Poland. The vote was largely boycotted by ethnic Poles, amid in mass persecution of Polish activists by the German side, going as far as engaging in regular hunts and murder against them to influence the vote. Ultimately the town voted to remain in Germany by 4,746 to 235 votes. It became part of Regierungsbezirk West Prussia in the Province of East Prussia.
A lot of history from a small coin, nicht wahr?