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 Inscription BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 50 · PFENNIG ·
EdgePlainEdge 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).

Coin Type: Fifty Pfennigs - (38) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Pfennigs 1949 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1949 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1949 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 45,118,200
- Hamburg Mint: 42,303,252
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 39,108,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 25,924,000
Total Mintage: 152,453,452
Fifty Pfennigs 1950 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1950 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1950 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 143,510,450
- Hamburg Mint: 102,736,600
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 100,735,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 66,422,800
Total Mintage: 413,404,850
Fifty Pfennigs 1966 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1966 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1966 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,605,100
- Hamburg Mint: 8,570,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 8,327,999
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,546,070
Total Mintage: 32,049,169
Fifty Pfennigs 1967 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1967 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1967 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Hamburg Mint: 10,685,500
- Stuttgart Mint: 6,006,500
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 5,207,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,847,500
Total Mintage: 23,746,500
Fifty Pfennigs 1968 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1968 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1968 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,809,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,824,023
- Stuttgart Mint: 3,003,000
- Hamburg Mint: 2,674,000
Total Mintage: 20,310,023
Fifty Pfennigs 1969 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1969 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1969 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 16,809,100
- Hamburg Mint: 14,974,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 14,561,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 9,712,700
Total Mintage: 56,056,800
Fifty Pfennigs 1970 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1970 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1970 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 26,460,140
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 25,294,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 11,965,200
- Hamburg Mint: 10,688,000
Total Mintage: 74,407,340
Fifty Pfennigs 1971 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1971 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1971 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 29,754,000
- Hamburg Mint: 24,052,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 23,401,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 15,566,000
Total Mintage: 92,773,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1972 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1972 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1972 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 30,051,000
- Hamburg Mint: 26,715,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 26,016,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 17,347,000
Total Mintage: 100,129,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1973 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1973 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1973 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,003,000
- Hamburg Mint: 8,019,999
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,819,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,210,000
Total Mintage: 30,051,999
Fifty Pfennigs 1974 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1974 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1974 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 21,071,000
- Hamburg Mint: 18,787,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 18,299,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 12,194,000
Total Mintage: 70,351,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1975 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1975 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 15,046,000
- Hamburg Mint: 13,422,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 13,098,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 8,718,000
Total Mintage: 50,284,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1976 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1976 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1976 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 12,091,000
- Hamburg Mint: 10,759,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 10,454,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,696,000
Total Mintage: 40,000,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1977 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1977 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1977 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 12,051,000
- Hamburg Mint: 10,759,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 10,451,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,972,000
Total Mintage: 40,233,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1978 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1978 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1978 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 12,054,000
- Hamburg Mint: 10,734,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 10,454,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 6,694,000
Total Mintage: 39,936,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1979 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1979 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 12,089,000
- Hamburg Mint: 10,769,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 10,489,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 7,009,000
Total Mintage: 40,356,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1980 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1980 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Hamburg Mint: 24,140,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 23,360,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 22,570,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 17,550,000
Total Mintage: 87,620,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1981 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1981 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 29,901,000
- Hamburg Mint: 24,231,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 17,991,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 10,971,000
Total Mintage: 83,094,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1982 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1982 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1982 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 28,978,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 21,618,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 19,788,000
- Hamburg Mint: 17,288,000
Total Mintage: 87,672,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1983 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1983 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1983 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 24,075,000
- Hamburg Mint: 21,435,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 20,875,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 13,915,000
Total Mintage: 80,300,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1984 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1984 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1984 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 13,564,000
- Hamburg Mint: 12,064,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 11,764,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 7,864,000
Total Mintage: 45,256,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1985 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1985 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1985 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 18,054,000
- Hamburg Mint: 16,154,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 15,756,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 10,455,000
Total Mintage: 60,419,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1986 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1986 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1986 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 2,444,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 2,144,000
- Hamburg Mint: 2,144,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 1,444,000
Total Mintage: 8,176,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1987 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1987 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1987 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 645,000
- Hamburg Mint: 575,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 565,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 395,000
Total Mintage: 2,180,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1988 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1988 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1988 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 4,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 4,345,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 4,205,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 2,815,000
Total Mintage: 16,210,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1989 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1989 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1989 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 42,045,000
- Hamburg Mint: 37,425,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 36,445,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 24,265,000
Total Mintage: 140,180,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1990 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1990 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1990 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 150,000,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 67,545,000
- Hamburg Mint: 60,115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 58,545,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 38,965,000
Total Mintage: 700,180,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1991 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1991 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1991 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Karlsruhe Mint: 38,965,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 26,445,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 23,145,000
- Hamburg Mint: 23,145,000
- Berlin Mint: 22,045,000
Total Mintage: 133,745,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1992 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1992 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1992 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 21,645,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 18,945,000
- Hamburg Mint: 18,945,000
- Berlin Mint: 18,045,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 12,645,000
Total Mintage: 90,225,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1993 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1993 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1993 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 19,245,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 16,845,000
- Hamburg Mint: 16,845,000
- Berlin Mint: 16,045,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 11,245,000
Total Mintage: 80,225,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1994 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1994 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1994 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Stuttgart Mint: 9,045,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 7,920,000
- Hamburg Mint: 7,920,000
- Berlin Mint: 7,545,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 5,295,000
Total Mintage: 37,725,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1995 Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1995 - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1995 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 1,410,000
- Berlin Mint: 1,345,000
- Hamburg Mint: 195,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 65,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 65,000
Total Mintage: 3,080,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1996 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1996 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1996 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 95,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 95,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 95,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 95,000
- Hamburg Mint: 95,000
Total Mintage: 475,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 115,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- Stuttgart Mint: 115,000
- Karlsruhe Mint: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Fifty Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 115,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Fifty Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 115,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 115,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 115,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 115,000
- Hamburg Mint: 115,000
Total Mintage: 575,000
Fifty Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only) Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Germany / Fifty Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Berlin Mint: 208,000
- Bavarian Central Mint - Munich: 208,000
- SMBW - Stuttgart: 208,000
- SMBW - Karlsruhe: 208,000
- Hamburg Mint: 208,000
Total Mintage: 1,040,000
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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)
Size20.000 mm
Thickness1.580 mm
Mass3.500 g