In the last year of the war, emergency money was issued to counteract the catastrophic lack of coinage. Local authorities were therefore given permission to issue emergency money, that is, low value paper notes.

The amount for which notes were issued was meant to be covered by local authority reserves, but many authorities ignored this requirement and concentrated on making attractive notes for collectors: there was a handsome profit to be made on issuing notes that ended up in albums as collectors’ items.

In the plebiscite area, the tussle between what was Danish and what was German was the general theme. In Zone 1 (North Schleswig), emergency money often had a Danish side and a German side, or a Danish side and a neutral side, whereas in Zone 2 (Mid-Schleswig) there were no notes with a pro-Danish side: here, the motifs were pro-German or neutral.

On 20 May, Danish currency was introduced and the emergency money thus disappeared from the scene.