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Number of versions: 11

Edition: November 12, 2009

Das Original of 1986.Edition: Das/l' Original
Publisher: ASS - Leinfelden - 1986
Dimensions of the box: 26.5 x 50.2 cm
The game:
On the lid of this original, bilingual set (German and French) is this quotation from "Spiele anders als andere" by Sid Sackson of 1981 saying:

"This reproduction of the original document will doubtless recall memories to anybody who ever played Monopoly. Indeed the way from "Landlord's Game" to "Monopoly" goes by …. Monopoly. In the early twenties a game under this name was used already in many university cities on the east coast of America: there handmade game boards were used with mostly local names for the properties and a game was played already that a few years later conquered the world." (Read the book "The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle")


On the back of the box stands:

Landlord Game as to Lizzie Magie's patent."On Januari 5th, 1904 a game was patented at the United States Patent Office under No. 748,626: THE LANDLORDS GAME, by Lizzie J.Magie:

To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, LIZZIE J.Magie, a citizen of the United States, residing at Brentwood, in the county of Prince George and State of Maryland, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game - Boards, of which the following is a specification.
My invention, which I have designated "The landlord's game," relates to gameboards, and more particularly to games of chance. The object of the game is to obtain as much wealth or money as possible, the player having the greatest amount of wealth at the end of the game after a certain predetermined number of circuits of the board have been made being the winner.

"Das/L'Original" contains the original version of this game with original board and instructions. However "Das/L'Original" also contains a modern version of this old economy game with instructions and board."

With this game people in Europe for the first time got aquainted with the history of the "famous game". Both the text and the sketches of the original patent were inserted in each of the instructions of the game showing clearly that Lizzie J.Magie already played Monopoly in 1904. (See also "Early Game History - 1903 to 1936").

The differences between the rules of the original and nowadays game are very interesting:

The 22 properties are not build on but rented, let out and sold.

The estates in the original game have no names but they have in the "modern version".

When an other player lands on an estate you rent he has to pay rent. Should another lands on that same property he has to pay half of the rent to the leaseholder and the other half to the other player.

When you are the owner of 2 adjacent properties the rent triples. With 3 adjacent properties you earn 4 times the rent for that property.

There are no Chance nor Community Chest cards but fields where Taxes for Absolute Necessities have to be payed.

The 4 stations are not at all lucrative properties. On the contrary, one has to pay $ 5 each visit.

GO is called Mother Earth. When you land on or pass by this beginning-point you'll receive $ 100, because you are supposed to have performed so much labor upon mother earth for which you receive your wages.

You pay $50 to the "Public treasury" on the Luxury spaces, receiving in return a luxury ticket, which counts you $ 60 at the end of the game.

To get out of Jail one pays $ 50 as 90 years ago.

For the light and water franchise you pay but $ 5, regardless of the number of eyes you have thrown!

If at any time a player has no money nor properties he must go to the poorhouse (= the Free Parking space) untill he will be able to finish his round.

There is a Legacy space where a player get $ 100 cash and a legacy-ticket with a value of $ 50 at the end of the game.

A player may borrow from the Bank in amounts of $ 100 of which he only receives $ 90! Besides he pays $ 5 for each bank mortgage every time he receives his wages (= passing over Mother Earth).

One player may borrow from another. However, these individual mortgages are limited to $ 50 each.

With the OIL version of the game players can buy drilling rigs, after it is prooven that there is oil indeed! The player who lands on such a property pays 10 times the rent!

The colors of the spaces have the following meaning:

GREEN = estate
GREY = station
YELLOW = light and water franchises
LIGHT BLUE = tax for absolute necessities
DARK BLUE = luxuries
YELLOW with black rim = legacy
RED = No trespassing - Go to jail

The six spaces in the centre of the board are respectively for:

Property cards



Bank mortgages

Individual mortgages


The 4 tokens are aggravation pawns. Of the black pawns are 22 pieces as drilling rigs. The money consists of simple notes with a value mention of 1 - 5 - 10 50 or 100.

There is another issue in only German language.

There should have been a lot more of such authentic games (who were "locally tied"?!) "re-issued"!


Club special edition of 1992.Edition: Monopoly, Art.Nr. 032/563122
            Club Sonderausgabe mit dem umfangreichen
            "Monopoly-Buch" von Maxine Brady.

Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro Deutschland GmbH - 1992
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 51 cm
The game:
The peculiarity of this Club Sonderausgabe (the picture shows a detail of the lid) is the fact that this black box contains the German issue of Maxine Brady's booklet, in a special space of the red plastic insert. Further are 7 trays in that insert for the banknotes, 1 for the property cards, 1 for the Ergeinis- and Gemeinschafts cards and 1 for the other components (so 2 trays less than in the Sonderausgabe (= special edition) of 1961). This is obvious a re-issue of the game of 1961, but there are remarkable differences.

Now the red Monopoly bar goes diagonal over the play-field. The fold is parallel to side 1 and 3. The back side of the board is red.
The banknotes in this issue are of the denominations: DM 20 - 50 - 100 - 500 - 1,000 - 2,000 and 10,000. The Ereigniskarten (= Chance) as well as the Gemeinschaftskarten are white, but their back sides have resp. a blue and pink engine-pattern. The 8 metal tokens are the boat, cannon, wheelbarrow, thimble, shoe, dog, hat and horse. The hollw plastic houses are green and do have a chimney, the red hotels haven't. However, they all have overhanging roofs.
On the bottom of the box is a clear black and white picture of the game board with all ist component parts.
This edition was also issued in Austria and Switserland.

This set was "Made in Ireland".


Sammler Edition from Franklin Mint.Edition: Sammler-Edition (Collector's edition)
Publisher: Franklin Mint - 1992
Dimensions of the table: 7.5 x 52.5 x 52.5 cm + pedestal
The game:
Without exaggeration this "authorized" issue can be called The Game of the Games. The board is made of distinguished mahogany stained hardwood with a green felt-lined sunken midfield. The printing is in gold. Underneath the playfield is a sliding drawer for the banker, also green felt-lined. The drawer has a knob provided with a brass Monopoly game coin. On the other 3 sides of the set is a brass Monopoly plate.
The background of the streets is of the same mahogany color as the wood. Even the instructions and the "Real Estate Portfolio" are in this dignified color.
The 10,000 note of the Sammler edition, 1992. All 10 classic playing tokens are crafted in pewter and embellished with 22 carat gold,  amongst them a purse and a hurrycane latern. The architecturally-designed houses and hotels are dycast and plated with silver and gold.
Also the banknotes have a luxury appearance and are special made for this Collector's Edition. The currency is "Deutsche Mark" but with the remark "Monopoly Währung" (Monopoly currency). The bills show Mr.Monopoly, with his colored bow tie and walking stick. The number of banknotes is twice as much as usual! 
The red Chance and yellow Community Chest cards have all funny illustrations with Uncle Pennybags, as usual.
Luxury chair for a luxury edition.The wooden pedestal for this set contains another 4 drawers for the players to collect their money and property cards. Finally the set can be covered by a glass plate, to protect from dust.

The summer-1998-edition of the Franklin Mint catalogue showed the German set still being available. The prices were: 

board DM 1250,- (€ 642,30) 

pedestal DM 695,- (€ 356,80) 

glass cover DM 195,- (€ 99,90) 

and the so-called "Miljonaire's chairs" for the paltry sum of DM 595,- (€ 305,50) per pair. 

Should you had some money left you might have bought an "Official Monopoly-clock for Millionaires" at the price 
of DM 395,- (€ 202,90).


Edition: Small box, Ref. 6951DSmall box, ref. 6951D.
Publisher: Parker Brothers/Tonka/Hasbro
                  Deutschland GmbH - 1992
Dimensions of the box: 25.5 x 25.5 cm
The game:
Like the game board of this issue is printed on the lid has never been shown before. Because only two colors have been used some illustratrations do not correspond to those of the real board. Nevertheles the engines could have been black.
The double folded game board is of solid carton and the play area is blue green of color. Its back is red. Monopoly stands diagonally on the midfield in black characters and in a black rectangle, with there under still the patent-line till 1985. (Compare this version with the same ref.number of 1993.)
The Chance and Community Chest cards resp. have a blue and pink locomotive-pattern on the back side. In the circle on the banknotes stands "Monopoli® - Monopoly® - Monopol®" and "Copyright 1935 by Parker Brothers USA". The denominations are resp.: DM 20 -50 - 100 - 500 - 1,000 -2,000 and 10,000. The tokens are plastic pawns. The plastic houses and hotels do have a roof-edge but no chimney. The dice are red, with gold pips.
The insert of the inner box is of white plastic and has 5 holes.

These sets were made in Ireland.


Standard edition, ref.06951.Edition: Standard, Ref. 06951D1093
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro Deutschland - 1993
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 51 cm
The game:
Of course the idea of the game hasn't changed in the course of years. Consequently the streets on the board are not those of the capital, nor of a number of cities of the country, but very general occuring streets like Turmstrasse, Hafenstrasse, Münchenerstrasse, Schillerstrasse and Schossallee. However, since the sets a no longer made in Germany the ß in the German words is changed into ss.

This set comes from the Irish works, so on the lid the fourth side of the game board with the collection of attributes on a green background on top of it. At the bottom of the box is the well-known color picture of the laughing family that looks more to eachother than to the game.
The back side of the board is red, like the plastic tray of the inner box. The back of the Ereigniskarten is printed with a red ?, whereas the Gemeinschaftskarten are printed with the blue treasure chest. The banknotes are of class B, i.e.Monopoly money printed in white on colored background. The 10 tokens are of heavy metal and "made in China". The plastic houses have a chimney, the hotels have not.

The price of this game amounted to DM 49.95 (= = € 25.65) July 1997.


Edition: Small box, Ref. 06951D1093
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro Deutschland - 1993
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 26 cm
The game:
Also this "small box" version comes from the Irish works with on the cover the fourth side of the game board with on top of it the collection of attributes, which differs however from that on the Standard box. The collection of attributes is now grouped around a blue pawn and the background is blue as well.
There is no picture on the bottom of the box.
The back of the Ereigniskarten is printed with a red ?, whereas the Gemeinschaftskarten are printed with the blue treasure chest. (Compare this version with the same ref.number of 1992.)
Again the back of this double folded board is red. Monopoly stays diagonal again over the midfield but now in the red bar! The money and the houses and hotels are the same as of the Standard set, however the 6 tokens are simple plastic pawns.

This set was manufactured in Ireland as well.


Familien Ausgabe from Franklin Mint, 1994.Edition: Familien Ausgabe (Family edition)
Publisher: Franklin Mint - 1994
Dimensions of the table: 7.5 x 52.5 x 52.5 cm
The game:
This edition is from the collection of Roland Klose - D. (Diese Version auf deutsch: www.monopoly-wiki.de).

July 2009 I was informed by Steve Kahan he had a copy of a poor version of the Franklin Mint edition, called the Player's edition. Soon afterwards however, Roland informed me he has a copy of the German version. And indeed, this Familien Ausgabe is as simple and poor, shown a.o. by:

The set consists of a wooden bottom section, for the storage of the accessories and a wooden top section, being the game 
board of this edition. Although the picture gives the impression the play-field to be green felt-lined nothing is less true. 
The surface is but plastic with printed text.

The 10 tokens are of simple pewter. They are resp.: ship - cannon - iron - lantern - shoe - purse - race car - rocking horse -
thimble and top hat. These are re-creations of the original 1935 edition "charms".

The banknotes are specially made for this Family Edition. The currency is in Deutsche "Marks" (ought to be "Mark") but with the 
addition "Monopoly Währung". The bills show Uncle Pennybags (because lack of the colored bow tie) and no walking stick. 

The houses and hotels do have the special Franklin Mint designed shapes but they are made of red and blue green plastic.

On the other hand: The 10,000 note of the Familien Ausgae, 1994.

the Chance and Community Chest cards are as nice as those of the Collector's edition and have therefore all funny 
illustrations with Uncle Pennybags. 

the property deeds are the same, although without a "Real Estate Portfolio".

This copy is without a pedestal, nor a glass cover or Millionair's chairs.


German 60th anniversary edition.Edition: Gold box 60 years
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro - 1995
Dimensions of the box: 11.5 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm
The game:
The gold colored box shows a nice illustration of a diamond on a green background on the cover and all its flanks as well as all flanks of the white inner box. Over the diamond is the red bar with Monopoly and Uncle Pennybags as well as a gold banner saying "1935 GEBURTSTAGS- EDITION 1995". The board is folded in four, it has a black back and a marble colored game side. The "limitation" of this edition is shown by a sticker with number on the game side of the board.
The nicely printed bottom of the box shows:

Uncle Pennybags' hat, to be used as a shaking-box.

5 of the 8 "antique bronze" tokens of the old times, viz. Uncle 
Pennybags -Tram - Car - Shoe - Elephant - Bathtub - Candlestick and Beaker.

The black plastic tray (in shallow box) for the banker's money. This holder is placed on top of the 
2nd black plastic tray that contains the shaking-box and the 2 trays for the Ereignis and Gemeinschafts cards.

Some of the luxury title deed carts and banknotes.

The game was manufactured in …. Great Britain.


Standard edition, ref. 14535.Edition: Standard, Ref. 14535D
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro - 1996
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.3 x 5.3 cm
of the double folded board: 25.2 x 25.2 cm
The game:
This edition is a sample of the "new look" of the games who are manufactured in the Irish works. The fresh white box shows a red bar and a part of the fourth side of the board on the cover. The width and the length of the boxes are standardized for all of their games Hasbro told me. So herewith the long box we called standard so far disappeared.
This new box contains a red plastic tray insert with newly shaped slots for the banknotes and title cards of the banker. The board is folded in four like in the so-called "small box". The back side is red and the play side is blue green. The set is manufactured in Ireland and so it has again a picture of a "laughing family" at the back of the box. On the board are the nice Ereignis- and Gemeinschaftskarten of this game. The banknotes are of the new model, i.e. with a black Monopoly banner and Uncle Pennybags in the upper part of the circle and, almost unvisible, the remark "1996 Tonka Corporation".
The 10 tokens are of pewter and likely no longer manufactured in China. 
The green, plastic houses do have a chimney, the red hotels don't.

The price of this set amounted to DM 50.- (=US$ 30.-) in Januari 1998.


DeLuxe edition, ref. 14549.Edition: Monopoly Luxus Edition, Ref. 14549
Publisher: Parker Bros./Hasbro - 1997
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.3 x 8.8 cm
of the double folded board: 25.2 x 25.2 cm
The game:
Again a great issue of "the famous party game". The box has the same length and width sizes as the one of the "standard" edition, in contrast to the American Deluxe edition, of which the box is still long.
Unfortunately both these boxes are rather vulnerable, but the content is well taken care of: In the box are, besides the solid game board (with dark blue back) a soft plastic insert with 4 trays for the houses and hotels, but in particular the never before used "Banker's Tray", a well shaped money-and cards-holder of solid blue plastic. You have to put the separate stickers on both this tray as well as the 2 separate card holders (for the Chance and Community Chest cards) yourself. The clear color picture at the bottom of the box gives a good total impression of the set.

This time the lid shows the third side of the game board, so with the properties Theaterstrasse, Museumstrasse, Opernplatz - Nordbahnhof - Lessingstrasse, Schillerstrasse and a part of the tap, on which 2 of the 10 gold colored tokens are to be seen!
The houses and hotels are made of nice glossy wood. The banknotes are the same as those of the "standard" edition.

Nostalgic edition witht Berlin - 2003.Edition: Wood box with 1957 engine, Ref.40753/100
            "mit dem Originalspielbrett aus 1935!"
              (with the original game board of 1935!)
Publisher: Parker Brothers/Hasbro - June 2003
Dimensions of the box: 5.3 x 26.3 x26.3 cm
The game:
This "nostalgic" version with locomotive of the 1957 American edition has also been published in many other countries but Germany took this opportunity to show again the original version 
with the streets of Berlin
On the bottom of the box it is said a.o.: 

" .... National editions of this game show the streets and stations of the concerning capital cities. So it was the case with the first German version with street names of Berlin, until is was forbidden by the Nazies in 1936. Afterwards a new version was introduced and this time the property names came from a ficticious city. So the foundations were led for a generally believed superstition that a "Badstraße" is sooner found in a poor area, while a "Schlossallee" is where the rich live.  ..."

It looks like Hasbro-Deutschland is going to put the helm over (like the publisher of the South African edition did in 2003) and is going to use this version in the future for the standard editions instead of the generally occuring meaningless street names.

For the rest the design of this issue is again a jumble of as well Waddingtons as Parker Brothers:

The game board's midfield shows Waddington's well-known "locomotives illustration" from the 40's and 50's.

On the station spaces are the green, backwards driving Waddington engines.

On the lid is the Parker Brothers engine of their 1957 edition.

The stations' property deeds show the black Parker Brothers engine.

The Ereignis- and Gemeinschaftskarten are, like those in all early Waddington editions, orange and yellow cards but with sharp corners.

Identical to the original issue this edition has 8 banknotes, indeed according to the original design with different figures and in Reichsmark. The notes are resp.: 10 - 20 - 100 - 200 - 400 - 1000 - 2000 and 10000
The green huouses and high, red hotels are of timber. The 6 bronze colored metal tokens are: hat - racing car - shoe - thimble - dog and an engine-with-shover.
Both small (11 mm) dice are ivory colored and have black pips.

This carefully manufactured  edition was made in China.

(Also see the Original 1936 issue as well as the1982 Replica version.)



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