Max Reinhold Wust conveived the idea of producing notes to honour Fritz Reuter, a well known poet and author. (See brief overview of his life below).
The notes are a subset of the serienscheine category.
None of these bills were not real emergency money as they were only issued to collectors.
They were produced by seventy towns located around the province of Mecklenburg where Fritz Reuter grew up. Each set consists of three notes of values 10pf, 25pf, and 50pf. The complete set consists of 210 different notes.
To avoid claims the notes were distributed on a day after the validity period ended in 1922.
The seventy towns that produced Reutergeld are as follows:
Fritz Reuter was born at Stavenhagen in Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1810. His father ran a farm but was also Mayor and Sheriff of the town. Fritz was at first tutored privately at the farm and then later he was educated at the gymnasium of Friedland in Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Parchin.
In 1831 he attended the University of Jena where he joined the political student's club.(German Burschenschaft). In 1833 he was arrested in Berlin by the Prussian Government and condemned to death for high treason even though the only charge that could be proved against him was that he had been seen wearing the club colours.
The sentence was commuted to thirty years in a Prussian fortress by King Frederick William 111 of Prussia. Five years later the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg intervened on his behalf and Fritz was sent to his native state to spend the next two years in the fortress of Domitz. He was set free in 1840.
He resumed his studies at University but showed no enthusiasm and his father ordered him home where he worked on an estate. When his father died, he found out that he had been disinherited and had no hope of owning an estate of his own so he began to write, first in High German and then more successfully, in Low German.
He became a private tutor and married Luise Kuntze, the daughter of a pastor.
After some success with his poems he decided to dedicate himself to literary pursuits.
His first book of miscellaneous poems was titled Lauschen un Riemels (anecdotes and rhymes, 1853)
He had many publications but a series of stories consisting of six volumes the first entitled Olle Kamellen (old stories of bygone days) all written in the Plattdeutsch dialect of the author's home town were very popular. Ut mine Stromtid the second of the series (three volumes) was considered his best work.
The last of these series called Woans ick tau 'ne Fru kamm is a sometimes light hearted sometimes serious tale of how he courted and won his wife.
He became a popular author of novels; in these he described village life as it was and the men and women who lived in the villages of Mecklenburg
He received an honorary doctorate from Rostock University in 1863 and died in Eisenack in 1874.