Pfenning Jar, did you?

#1
OK, I know I was not the only one. I remember nearly every singly in the early 80s had a Pfenning Jar in their bed space full of shrapnel. Did anyone actually fill theirs and cash them in at the Sparkasse? Always those giant size Asbach bottles I can remember. Never heard of them being pilfered either.

PL
 
#3
heidtheba said:
Yep, I had one. Got 600 marks when my 3 litre Smirnoff bottle was full :D

Now a Euro shrapnel bottle.
Fcuking hell!! Did you pi55 the bank staff off (and those behind you) when you cashed it all in? I remember just a small (end of the month) handfull of shrapnel would ruin the day of some boxhead bankers.
 
#4
We all had one. Smirnoff 3 litre job sitting on the windowsill.

Known as a Jew Jar, but obviously in this age of political correctness.....
 
#5
PandaLOVE said:
heidtheba said:
Yep, I had one. Got 600 marks when my 3 litre Smirnoff bottle was full :D

Now a Euro shrapnel bottle.
Fcuking hell!! Did you pi55 the bank staff off (and those behind you) when you cashed it all in? I remember just a small (end of the month) handfull of shrapnel would ruin the day of some boxhead bankers.
No mate, they had a 'shrapel tippy in' machine that sorts it all out for you.

Just seen a Euro one in Debenhams in Larnarca the other day.

Might ask Santa for one................ :wink:
 
#6
We had a jewjar in the room. Always hand towards the end of the month for fags and booze :)
 
#8
PandaLOVE said:
OK, I know I was not the only one. I remember nearly every singly in the early 80s had a Pfenning Jar in their bed space full of shrapnel. Did anyone actually fill theirs and cash them in at the Sparkasse? Always those giant size Asbach bottles I can remember. Never heard of them being pilfered either.

PL
The famous 5 litre Asbach bottles. I used to flog mine to the spikos in Werl. Whoever thought of this as a weekly ration (remember the ration cards) had a sense of humour. Also I remember that the old 5p was exactly the same size and weight as a 1dm coin.Worked wonders at the phones and vending machines.
 
#9
Still got my 3L Golden Keys brandy bottle, it used to do pfennigs, then euros, then Norwegian Kroner. Its doing Aussie dollars and cents now. Splendid!
 
#10
Tytus_Barnowl said:
PandaLOVE said:
OK, I know I was not the only one. I remember nearly every singly in the early 80s had a Pfenning Jar in their bed space full of shrapnel. Did anyone actually fill theirs and cash them in at the Sparkasse? Always those giant size Asbach bottles I can remember. Never heard of them being pilfered either.

PL
The famous 5 litre Asbach bottles. I used to flog mine to the spikos in Werl. Whoever thought of this as a weekly ration (remember the ration cards) had a sense of humour. Also I remember that the old 5p was exactly the same size and weight as a 1dm coin.Worked wonders at the phones and vending machines.
As a non smoker I abused my ration card something rotten! And the old 5p (the DM was equivalent to about 40p), yep, hours of playing '1942' in the video arcade all for a few pence!
 
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#11
I think everyone I knew had one in the 80s.

and ref the ration cards...at Wildenrath in the singlies NAAFI they never used to mark anything on it, so you could buy ciggies, plenty, for payment of taxi drivers to take you to Heinsberg or MG...those were the days :D

Please god take me back in time!!!
 
#12
I ran a unit account so would turn up at the Sparky with a ton of shrapnel. Buggers had a machine which took the fun out of it.

The old (big) 5p piece was the same size and weight as a DM for the fag machine - apparently.
 
#13
Tytus_Barnowl said:
PandaLOVE said:
OK, I know I was not the only one. I remember nearly every singly in the early 80s had a Pfenning Jar in their bed space full of shrapnel. Did anyone actually fill theirs and cash them in at the Sparkasse? Always those giant size Asbach bottles I can remember. Never heard of them being pilfered either.

PL
The famous 5 litre Asbach bottles. I used to flog mine to the spikos in Werl. Whoever thought of this as a weekly ration (remember the ration cards) had a sense of humour. Also I remember that the old 5p was exactly the same size and weight as a 1dm coin.Worked wonders at the phones and vending machines.
And certain entertainment establishments knocking one out whilst watching fraulines going hammer and tongs at it... and all for 5p! Good Bless BAOR and a week pound!
 
#14
I had a 2 litre stein that was nicked from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. I used to rake through it for the 50 pfeg bits at the end of the month so I could buy Du Maurier fags!

:wink:
 
#15
I had one - and pished in it for no apparent reason one night. Had to wash and dry out hundreds of pfegs in the bath! :D
 
#16
My best buy was paying 10DM for a full 3L Smirnhoff pfennig bottle got over 500DM out of it (you had to roll it all into those stupid paper rolls though for the stadtsparkasse though)
 
#17
Yes me and one of my mates used to go round the rooms around the last weekend in the month (just before pay day!) and collect all spare change off the lads, then get it exchanged and turn it into 20 regal and as much vodka as we could get down our necks.

Thinking of the 5p and the 1dm - Did anyone else when in Belize get ball bearings from REME and use them down town in the "upstairs cafe (was it out of bounds - oh sorry!)" in the fruit machines..... or just take them to the bar and exchange them for money!
 
#18
Old 5 pence pieces were great

'little tip though don't use them in pool table in Squadron Bar the QM tends to go Batshit'
 
#19
Best one I heard with the old 5p coins was some bright spark came back off leave to ether Rintel or Hamel and decided to empty the outside fag machines with them only the muppet only emptied the same machine. Needless to say after a few nights the GCP got involved and caught him in the act :twisted:

Still got my bottle and over the years gave a few away to friends and family best part was draining them though :wink:
 
#20
yup, I had a 3 litre asbach bottle.

I got it to half full and decided to have a sweepstake in the room, nearest to the total got it, one of the lads gave a it a shake to see how many 50pfg bits were in there and the bottom broke off it, shrapnel everywhere!
 

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