Fifty Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Fifty Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1949 - 2001)
Coin TypeFifty 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:
- Berlin Mint - mint mark A (from 1990; Berlin was in a different country - the German Democratic Republic - before that)
- Munich Mint - mint mark D
- Stuttgart Mint - mint mark F
- Karlsruhe Mint - mint mark G
- Hamburg Mint - mint mark J

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.

Obverse
Germany / Fifty Pfennigs - obverse photo

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] ·.

Obverse Inscription[year]
Reverse
Germany / Fifty Pfennigs - reverse photo

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 InscriptionBUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 50 · PFENNIG ·
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

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).

All Coins of Type: Fifty Pfennigs (38)
Coin NameMintageLegend
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
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Fifty Pfennigs: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
From1949
To2001
Face Value50 (x Pfennig)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerRichard M. Werner
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)20
Thickness (mm)1.5800
Mass (g)3.5000