Fifty Euro Cents, Germany, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Fifty Euro Cents, Germany, Coin Type from Germany (issued 2002 - )
Coin TypeFifty Euro Cents, Germany

The Fifty Euro Cents coin (€0.50) has a value of one half of a Euro and is composed of an alloy called Nordic Gold (89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin). Like all other common circulation coins (from 1 cent to €2), the denomination is issued by the separate countries in the Eurozone and is legal tender in all of them, irrespective of which country has issued it. The denomination was introduced in 2002, when Germany retired the German Mark currency and introduced the Euro.

The coins have a common reverse designed by Luc Luycx in 1999 which showed a map of the European Union; it was changed in 2007 to reflect the enlargement of the Union, and later coins show all of western Europe. Each country has its own national obverse; the German obverse was designed by Reinhart Heinsdorff. German 10 Euro Cents feature the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as a symbol of the reunification of Germany and Europe. The year and mint mark are shown at the bottom.

Germany has five mints striking circulation coins, which have an arrangement whereby each mint strikes a specific proportion of the circulation coins every year. The mints and their mint marks are:
- Berlin Mint - mint mark A
- Munich Mint - mint mark D
- SMBW - Stuttgart (ex Stuttgart Mint) - mint mark F
- SMBW - Karlsruhe (ex Karlsruhe Mint) - mint mark G
- Hamburg Mint - mint mark J
Note that two of them are part of Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (SMBW) - the State Mints of Baden-Württemberg - after they merged in 1998, but operate separate facilities and use different mint marks.

Germany / Fifty Euro Cents, Germany - obverse photo

At centre, the obverse of the coin shows a view of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin - an 18th-century neoclassical monument built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg. Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

Atop the gate is a sculpture by Johann Gottfried Schadow of a quadriga - a chariot drawn by four horses - driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory.

Below, in the inner circle, the date of issue: [year], beneath which a small letter represents the mint mark of the issuing mint.

In the outer ring, the twelve stars of the European Union (representing the twelve original member states).

Obverse Inscription ************ [year]
Germany / Fifty Euro Cents, Germany - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows on the left a representation of a map of the western part of Europe.

Behind the map and interrupted by it, six vertical lines connect the twelve stars of Europe - six around above left, and six around below left.

On the right, a large numeral value: 50, below which on two lines the denomination EURO CENT.

The designer's monogram LL (for Luc Luycx) is below right.

Reverse Inscription 50 EURO CENT
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Fifty Euro Cents, Germany - (21) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Fifty Euro Cents 2002 1,797,930,000 ************ 2002
Fifty Euro Cents 2003 111,450,000 ************ 2003
Fifty Euro Cents 2004 194,450,000 ************ 2004
Fifty Euro Cents 2005 (mint sets only) 825,000 ************ 2005
Fifty Euro Cents 2006 (mint sets only) 825,000 ************ 2006
Fifty Euro Cents 2007 (mint sets only) 765,000 ************ 2007
Fifty Euro Cents 2008 (mint sets only) 650,000 ************ 2008
Fifty Euro Cents 2009 (mint sets only) 550,000 ************ 2009
Fifty Euro Cents 2010 (mint sets only) 446,630 ************ 2010
Fifty Euro Cents 2011 (mint sets only) 525,000 ************ 2011
Fifty Euro Cents 2012 (mint sets only) 425,000 ************ 2012
Fifty Euro Cents 2013 (mint sets only) 336,900 ************ 2013
Fifty Euro Cents 2014 (mint sets only) 312,000 ************ 2014
Fifty Euro Cents 2015 (mint sets only) 317,100 ************ 2015
Fifty Euro Cents 2016 (mint sets only) 315,000 ************ 2016
Fifty Euro Cents 2017 (mint sets only) 508,000 ************ 2017
Fifty Euro Cents 2018 (mint sets only) 733,400 ************ 2018
Fifty Euro Cents 2019 (mint sets only) 622,500 ************ 2019
Fifty Euro Cents 2020 (mint sets only) 583,000 ************ 2020
Fifty Euro Cents 2021 (mint sets only) 222,500 ************ 2021
Fifty Euro Cents 2022 20,000,000 ************ 2022
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Fifty Euro Cents, Germany: Details
CurrencyEuro, Germany
Face Value50 (x Euro Cent, Germany)
MaterialNordic Gold
DesignerLuc Luycx, Reinhart Heinsdorff
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size24.2500 mm
Thickness2.3800 mm
Mass7.8000 g