HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung



The current collection originates from the private holdings of Albert Pick, who began collecting banknotes and emergency currency in the 1930s. In 1964, he transferred his collection to the Bavarian Mortgages and Exchange Bank (Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank, later HypoVereinsbank), continuing to expand it until his retirement in 1985. It has been steadily maintained ever since.

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The collection is estimated to contain over 300,000 items.


The collection comprises paper money from all countries and periods, from Chinese currency dating back to the early Ming dynasty (fourteenth century) to banknotes issued all over the world today. Numerous special collections have also been incorporated over the years. The holdings of German, Austrian, Russian and Dutch emergency currency are particularly substantial.

Protected cultural asset

The collection was entered in the German Verzeichnis national wertvollen Kulturgutes (register of cultural objects of national importance) on 10 May 2010.

Permanent loan

In December 2013, pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank entrusted HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung with a significant special collection of paper money from the Württemberg region of Germany as a permanent loan. This collection comprises around eight thousand banknotes from all periods of the region’s monetary history. It stems from the private collection of Klaus Karau, which he compiled over four decades prior to its purchase by the Württembergische Hypothekenbank (a predecessor institute of today’s pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank) in 2000 and then went on to curate.