|Coin Type||Fifty Pfennigs|
The 50 Pfennigs coin, abbreviated 50 Pf., was a small circulating denomination of the Deutsche Mark (German mark), which was the official currency of West Germany from 1948 until 1990 and later of unified Germany from 1990 until 2002. It was equal to one half of a Mark. The coinage was first issued under Allied occupation after World War II, by the "Bank deutscher Länder" (Bank of the German States) from 1950, then by the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Federal Bank) since 1957.
The coins were struck by five different mints:
In 1998, the Stuttgart Mint and the Karlsruhe Mint merged to form the Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (SMBW) - State Mints of Baden-Württemberg, but retained their separate mint marks.
The fifty pfenning coin had a milled (reeded) edge until 1971, then plain edge later. It was made of copper-nickel, with composition Cu (copper) 75%, Ni (nickel) 25%.
In 1999, the Deutsche Mark was replaced by the Euro; its coins and banknotes remained in circulation, defined in terms of euros, until the introduction of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. The Deutsche Mark ceased to be legal tender immediately upon the introduction of the euro - in contrast to the other eurozone nations, where the euro and legacy currency circulated side by side for up to two months. Mark coins and banknotes continued to be accepted as valid forms of payment in Germany until 28 February 2002.
The obverse features a kneeling barefoot young woman planting a small oak tree. The oak tree had been a German symbol for centuries. This scene represents the hope for the reconstruction of Germany after the war.
Below that, the year of issue: · [year] ·.
At centre of the reverse, a large numeral for the value: 50; below that, the denomination · PFENNIG ·.
Around above, the legend BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND, meaning Federal Republic of Germany.
The mint mark of the mint which struck the coin is a small letter between the value 50 and the word PFENNIG.
|Reverse Inscription||BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 50 · PFENNIG ·|
Note that in the first year of issue (before the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany), the legend reads BANK DEUTSCHER LÄNDER (Bank of the German States). there is also a rare variety minted by the Karlsruhe Mint in 1950 with the same legend (in error).
|Fifty Pfennigs 1949||152,453,452||1949|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1950||413,404,850||1950|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1966||32,049,169||1966|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1967||23,746,500||1967|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1968||20,310,023||1968|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1969||56,056,800||1969|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1970||74,407,340||1970|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1971||92,773,000||1971|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1972||100,129,000||1972|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1973||30,051,999||1973|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1974||70,351,000||1974|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1975||50,284,000||1975|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1976||40,000,000||1976|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1977||40,233,000||1977|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1978||39,936,000||1978|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1979||40,356,000||1979|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1980||87,620,000||1980|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1981||83,094,000||1981|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1982||87,672,000||1982|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1983||80,300,000||1983|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1984||45,256,000||1984|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1985||60,419,000||1985|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1986||8,176,000||1986|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1987||2,180,000||1987|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1988||16,210,000||1988|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1989||140,180,000||1989|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1990||700,180,000||1990|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1991||133,745,000||1991|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1992||90,225,000||1992|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1993||80,225,000||1993|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1994||37,725,000||1994|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1995||3,080,000||1995|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1996 (mint sets only)||475,000||1996|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only)||575,000||1997|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only)||575,000||1998|
|Fifty Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only)||575,000||1999|
|Fifty Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only)||575,000||2000|
|Fifty Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only)||1,040,000||2001|