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Holas Coin Collectors anywhere. In the ongoing attempt to keep this coin chatting
board alive, at least for a few more months, Heron is reporting number 279 of
different issues of Europa Zentral & Ost. Ost to the Rio Vistula, anyhow, at this time.
One of the key things we lernt in Corporate Manager's School was to be flexible.
When writing a marketing plan or sales plan, or any kind of 'plan', we need to be
flexible because of changing conditions. Rewriting a goal was expected. Heron was
ok with that! Although few of us actually 'updated' our plans. This was a fun part
of corporate management.
The item: Aalen Germania - 50 Pfennig - 1917 - Iron - 22mm. dia. - Round.
Obverse: At ctr is the Crowned Imperial Eagle with shield on chest. The shield on chest
contains the 'arms' of Stadt Aalen. Also on obv is date: 19 eagle 17.
Reverse: Large 50 at Ctr: 'KRIEGSMUNZE' at 12 oclock.
Just below 50, in small font, is word NUR.
At 6 oclock is this "IN AALEN GULTIG".
'NUR IN AALEN GULTIG' means Only in Aalen Valid.
Prior to history section, Heron will relate a bit of numismatic info. When Heron saw this
item for sale the name Aalen seemed familiar. Item was acquired. When Heron closely
examined item in office he remembered 'seeing' this coat of arms for Aalen but could not
immediately remember where. However, after several days, Heron did remember
researching this Stadt of Aalen wappen about 20 or 25 years pasado. Heron had
acquired a paper money note of Aalen. The identical wappen is on the paper money.
The name Aalen is from the old Germanian word Ahl. This means Eel in Englitch. So, the
coat of arms of Aalen contains a pic of an eel. A neat coat of arms. Heron confirmed this
by searching Flaggen und Wappen sites. On the coin it is not easy to identify the 'eel'.
Yes, Heron still has the paper money note from Aalen. Fun stuff to be sure. For Heron it are.
Some Aalen History:
8000 to 5000 BC - Numerous remains have been found in the Aalen area.
C. 150 AD - Aalen area became part of Roman Empire.
C. 260 AD - Romans withdrew South to the Rhein & Donau rivers as the strong
Alamanni tribes invaded the area.
C. 7th CEntury: Based on discovery of Alemannic graves in area the town of Aalen
originated in this century.
839 - First mention of Aalen in documents of Emperor Louis the Pious.
C. 1136 - Aalen mentioned in an inventory list of Ellwangen Abbey.
Also was mentioned a lower nobleman named Konrad of Aalen.
1340 - Documents show Aalen as being ruled by Counts of Oettingen.
1358/59 - Aalen pawned to Haus Wurttemberg for cash.
1360 - Emperor Karl IV captured Aalen & declared town as Imperial City.
[Yes, Emperors could do such things in those olden days. Grab a
town lock stock burl & serfs].
1398 - Aalen awarded Markt Rechts [Market Rights].
1634 - During the 30 Year War town of Aalen was set afire. After the fire
both 'sides' looted the town. Recovery of town was about 100 years.
1796 - Town looted by French sojers.
1803 - Aalen ceased to be an Imperial City. Was assigned to Wurttemberg.
1840s - Industrial revolution helped Aalen survive.
1866 - Aalen became a major railroad 'hub'.
Some info sources for those that demand such:
Aalen Historical Society im Ruckspiegel Nov 2013.
Aalen Im Dreissig Jahrigenkrieg.
Germany - Enclyclopedia Britannica.
Wappen von Aalen NGW Deutsche Wappen Gemeinde und Kreiswappen.