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10 Slovak hellers 1942
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The Heller or Häller was a German coin valued at half a Pfennig named after the city of Hall am Kocher (today Schwäbisch Hall). The coin was produced from the beginning of the 13th century on as silver pfennig (Häller Pfennig).

The term Heller was in wide use as a name for coins of small value throughout many of the German states up to 1873 when, after German unification, Mark and Pfenning were introduced as nationwide coinage.

The German Heller saw a resurrection in 1904 when the government took over responsibility for the currency of German East Africa from the German East Africa Company. The Heller was introduced as 1/100 of a Rupie instead of the pesa which had so far been a 1/64 of a rupie.

Heller was also the term used in the Austrian half of the empire for 1/100 of the Austro-Hungarian krone (the other being fillér in the Hungarian half), the currency of Austria-Hungary from 1892 until after the demise of the Empire.

The term heller (Czech: haléř, Slovak: halier) was also used for a coin valued at 1/100 of koruna in the Czech Republic (Czech koruna) and Slovakia (Slovak koruna), as well as in former Czechoslovakia (Czechoslovak koruna).

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