Time features a fascinating collection of 11 photos, entitled "The Dangers of Printing Money," that help chronicle what life was like during the hyperinflation of the Weimar era.
Amid runaway inflation, new bank notes were issued. This, a 50 million mark bill from 1923, was small change compared to the 100 trillion mark notes that were also being printed.
Millions of marks are stacked and counted in a Cologne bank, ready for distribution to stricken customers.
The collapse of the mark made it cheaper to paper a wall with bank notes than to buy wallpaper.
Rocketing inflation in 1922 meant this grocer's cash register had to be emptied regularly, and its contents stored in a tea chest. Workers were known to collect their wages in suitcases, before spending them immediately.
German marks might not have bought much back in 1923, but they were useful for lighting the stove.
At this Berlin food store, meat and fish fetched exorbitant prices. Pickled herrings — at 350 marks each — are the cheapest on offer. The mark would eventually recover and was the Federal Republic of Germany's official currency until it was replaced by the euro.